Whether you call it decorative ceiling trim work or strapping, adding a ceiling with it is dramatic. Before being painted the outside edge and outer wall will get crown moulding. This is just one of many ceilings we are installing in a Hancock park home. This was a labor of love to install.
I love the design challenges that come with remodeling homes, and some of the most challenging homes to add refinement to often have awkward transitional and sloping ceilings. If you are trying to add the look of a traditional interior but you have areas in your home with sloping ceilings, you’re probably struggling to decide what to do. Here are some options that you might consider.
Crown moulding makes rooms look larger and draws attention toward the ceiling. If the ceiling is low it might be a viable option. But on high ceilings, adding crown moulding may not give you the result you are looking for.
Other options that may work better include plank and beam or shiplath ceiling, or ignore the ceiling and draw attention to the walls by adding wainscot. Adding wainscot or a wainscot effect using wall frames is a great solution to make sense of transitional rooms that run wild with an open ceiling.
If you have ever walked through a model home in a new home development you’ve seen that the model homes always have elaborate woodwork including crown moulding, coffered ceilings, wainscot and paneled wall treatments as well as custom built in cabinetry. And by comparison, the new homes are barren with simple floor coverings, walls that lack built in cabinetry and usually windows, doors and walls that have no trimwork. The reason is simple economics. Woodworking details cost the builders money, and installing these custom details takes time and skilled labor. But, nearly every new home benefits greatly by adding crown moulding, and in my opinion its one of the most valuable upgrades you can make because crown moulding changes the architectural look of a home’s interior. Instead of plain borderless walls, crown moulding gives a refined crisp appearance. It breaks cookie cutter homes our of their generic look and adds refinement and personality. Check out more crown moulding pictures at spectaculartrim.com