Beyond White Crown Molding: 3 Molding Ideas that can Upgrade Your Interior

decorative carved moldingsIn some novice interior design circles, crown molding is known to make the difference between a beautiful space and a blah space, and for good reason. Most crown moldings act as a white trim that encircles the ceiling of a room, gifting the space with a sense of elegance and uniformity. Though crown molding is a subtle design element, its presence is credited with elevating the beauty of almost any space. No wonder white crown molding is so popular!

 

However, because white crown molding is popular, it is also somewhat unexciting. If you’re looking to upgrade the appearance of your interiors in a fresh, unusual way, there are a huge variety of styled moldings that can make your walls stand out. Here are just a few ideas that can take your molding to the next level:

 

Try Decorative Carved Moldings

Instead of simple white molding, consider adding visual interest and detail to your trim with decorative carved moldings. Decorative molding can be purchased in a variety of wood carving designs, from geometric squares to curling vine and flower designs. Common styles also include egg and dart molding and fluted molding. Carved molding can help your interiors match the architectural history of your home, and can give you more creative freedom when designing your space.

 

Try Molding at Different Levels on the Wall

Though installing molding where the wall meets the ceiling is definitely elegant, trim at other heights on the wall offer different stylistic and practical benefits. Baseboards act as trims where the wall meets the floor, and chair rail is a practical molding designed to protect walls from being scratched by furniture. These two less-common styles can also come as carved wood trim for a more unique look, and both give a space fresh character.

 

Skip the White Paint, and Celebrate the Natural Beauty of Wood

White-colored molding is incredibly common since it is both easy to match with wall paint and makes a room look brighter. However, wood species each have their own natural hues that can give your rooms unique appeal, no painting necessary. Warm-toned woods with red hints work well in with burgundy for a sophisticated look. Or, gray and ashy woods can pair well with blues and greens. For neutral tones, try oak. Fifty-two percent of the hardwood trees in America are oaks, making this species especially popular. Get creative with tones and grain to let the natural beauty of wood add interest and depth to your space.

For more information about how to make your home stand out with decorative carved moldings, contact Enkeboll designs today!

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Three Reasons to Chose Wood for Your Interior Accents

wood carving designsThroughout history, wood has been a staple of interior design. Even though we no longer rely entirely on wood and other natural materials to construct our homes, wood still plays an important role in both the appearance and durability of many structures.

 

Though modern design has its benefits, wood is a timeless material that also offers a surprising number of perks. If you’re looking to build a new space, or if you work in the renovations and contracting industry, don’t forget these three great benefits of incorporating wood materials in your interior design:

 

Wood is Cost Effective

Though there are certainly cheaper materials to work with, wood is less expensive than some materials for floors, furniture, and accents. Additionally, with so many different species, homeowners and designers alike can likely find a type that works with their budget and taste. Wood is also a durable material; with proper maintenance, wood can last for hundreds of years without rot and wear. Though plastic molding may be cheaper up front, wooden architectural elements from wood molding to decorative wood carving designs only need to be purchased once to be enjoyed for generations.

Natural Materials are Known Stress Relievers

Plants, flowers, fountains and other natural accents are famous for being mood enhancers and stress relievers. Wood elements are said to have a soothing presence in design, and many believe wood creates a relaxing environment through a subconscious connection with nature.

Wood is a Versatile Canvas

Though many simply think of brown lumber when they think of wood interior accents, this material is actually incredibly versatile for construction and decoration. Wood can be polished to shine like marble, and sealed to have an almost mirror-like surface. Different wood species offer warm and cool color tones to influence the mood of a space. Wood can be carved or grown naturally into almost any shape imaginable, making it a favorite material for wood carving designs.

Enhance Your Home with Wood Carving Designs

If you’re looking to upgrade your home’s interior with the natural beauty of wood, look no further than Enkeboll Designs. We specialize in a huge variety of wood accents, including vintage molding, wood onlays, carved wood trims, large corbels and more. For further information, contact Enkeboll Designs today.

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How to Give a Modern Home More ‘Character’

carved wood trimWhen building and selling brand new homes, there is a common complaint: lack of ‘character’, that special¬†je ne sais quois¬†that comes with sprawling Victorians or diminutive Craftsman homes. So what special touches can be included in modern homes to give buyers that ‘character’ they crave?

Crown Molding

It’s the little details, sometimes. Modern crown molding painted a clean white, or vintage molding with classic wood carving designs add a lot of warmth and character to a new home. It’s so popular that many home buyers look for molding pre-installed so they don’t have to do it themselves. In fact, about 62% of people rate crown moldings as the third most essential decorative feature in the home according to an NAHB survey. Those simple strips of wood, third most important!

Molding can fit any aesthetic, too. Going for a modern, painted look? Try inexpensive, durable resin crown molding instead of wood so you’re not as guilty painting over it. Not sure what aesthetic the home will end up with when fully furnished? Get egg and dart molding for your home, a versatile staple in modern and classic architecture.

Unique, but Inoffensive, Custom Features

Buyers looking for that elusive ‘character’ will notice the tiniest unique details you put into a home. A custom-cut window? Odd but beautiful banisters? Having custom features anywhere in the home is very appealing to choosy buyers. To keep the choosiest of buyers interested in the home, don’t add anything too outlandish. A snake motif included in carved wood trim or angels looking down from corbels will delight some, but completely turn off others.

Use Rich Woods When Possible

It’s rare that a home buyer or building will want a completely industrial or ultra-modern aesthetic free of any natural woods. As a general rule, hardwood floors, in particular, add much-needed warmth and appeal to any home. Choose flooring carefully if you’re planning on having wooden fixtures like carved wood trim or wooden fireplace corbels in the rest of the home’s architecture. If you choose a peculiar cut or color of flooring, it can be a pain to match other wooden fixtures in the house.

Perhaps there is a rule of thumb we can use here: be sneaky! Think of adding character like trying to hide special details in plain site. Especially if the home in question is not a custom-built home for a specific customer, you want ‘character’ pieces to be subtle.

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