Planning to sell your home? Your property may be appraised based on how it looks, and increasing its value does not have to be costly. A simple and inexpensive way to add some style and elegance into your home is by installing crown moldings. When carefully planned and installed correctly, you can make any room look nice and worthy of its value.
All you need is material, a good miter saw (this is the one I recommend: http://sawist.com/dewalt-dws780-12-inch-double-bevel-sliding-compound-miter-saw-review-best-price/) and some hard work.
Here are 5 things you need to remember when you install them.
Concentrate on the big rooms
While crown molding can be installed in any room, it doesn’t mean you should put them in every single one of them. You can still achieve a stylish effect when you install them only in main rooms such as the living room, family room, dining room and kitchen. Personal rooms like bedrooms and bathrooms make crown molding less necessary.
Get the right size
When choosing the crown molding, you need to consider its size. They’re usually available in 1 ½ inches to 6 and 8 inches wide. They also come in a selection of shapes and patterns. It would not be advisable to use wide 8 inch or 6 inch molding in a small room; similarly, a smaller 2 inch molding in a large room would not look too good. A simple molding fits better in smaller or plainer rooms. For bigger areas like the dining and living room, you have more freedom to try the more complex shapes. Crown molding looks best in rooms with high ceilings.
Install the crown molding properly
A poorly installed crown molding can bring your home value down instead of up. Installation can be tricky. The crown molding requires miter cuts, and it needs to fit perfectly at the space where the wall meets the ceiling. If it sticks out from the wall and the ceiling, or if there are gaps at the corners, the whole thing would look sloppy.
Pick the right style
Rooms have different styles. It can go from the very ornate to the simple and modern look. Make sure you get the right style installed. An elaborate design would look out of place in a modern style living room. Match the crown molding to the room’s theme to keep the design your interiors look well-thought of.
Work with contrasting colors
Make the crown molding stand out by painting it in a contrasting color. Although it is widely advised to go for basic and subdued colors when selling a house, it’s also a good idea to make the crown molding stand out by painting it in a different, complementing color. White can go great with any color. Try it with shades of beige or sand colors to make it pop.
If you’re thinking of selling your home, or even just prettying up the place, consider installing crown molding. Take note of the tips above and you are sure to achieve that touch of elegance in your interiors.