Room Updates: Moulding

When spring arrives we all get the natural urge to throw open the windows, dust off our rooms and update! Even if your budget doesn’t allow for a full remodel, you can completely change the complexion of any room by adding custom moldings.
What many people think of when they think molding is heavy, decorative crown molding, but there are a huge variety of wooden accents to update, or completely change, the look and feel of any room. Some basics on molding: The main terms you need when considering molding have to do with the profile of the molding. The profile is the side-view at the end. Some of the basic profiles Western WidePlank is offering are Eased Edges, S4S, Craftsman, Halland, 2 Crown Profiles, Quarter Round, Nosings and many more. All of these shapes have to do with how the shadow is thrown on the wall or ceiling from the molding. The Cyma and Ogee are actually combinations of the Cavetto and Ovolo. A much thinner filet molding can be placed above or below a basic molding to create an additional design detail. There are also flat moldings (often referred to in the building industry as just “woodwork”).
If you look up all the specific varieties of molding online it can be mind-boggling. Rather than feel overwhelmed, our advice to you is to simply look at what’s offered compared to your needs, and choose the molding that both attracts your senses and is practical for your intended use. For instance, a large crown molding would be far too big for a chair rail, but would be perfect across a high ceiling to create a more structured, classical look. Depending on your flooring, a baseboard may be a good choice as well, and create a wonderfully finished look regardless if it’s over carpet or hardwood.
Of course, we’re big fans of letting your wood’s natural beauty shine through with a light stain and varnish, but depending on the design, a painted molding can make a previously causal room take on a decidedly formal air.

Caring for Your New Wide Plank Wood Floor

A wide plank hardwood floor is a significant investment, whether in your home or your business, and once you have completed the installation process, there are some things you can do to ensure the long life and sustain the beauty of your flooring, without going through a lot of trouble and expense.
To begin with, refer to your flooring care guide to ensure that you receive the full benefit of the product and to most beneficially extend the life of your new hardwood floor for years to come.  Then, there are preventative maintenance measures you can take, in providing just the right care for your flooring:
  • First, sweep and vacuum your hardwood flooring regularly and often.  And in high traffic areas, use area rugs, and at doorways use walk-off mats, as small particles of debris and dirt can be ground into the wood in areas where there is a lot of unprotected coming and going.
  • When you are performing routine cleaning, all you need, believe it or not, is a damp mop, from which all the excess water has been squeezed out.
  • From time to time, you may need to perform a little heavier cleaning, in which case you would use a cleaner that is suitable for the type of coating or finish you have on your floors, and mist it onto a sponge or sponge mop.  You can purchase hardwood floor cleaner at most of your local hardware stores.
  • And because there’s nothing like preventative maintenance, don’t rely upon the wisdom and carefulness of everyone who enters to protect your floor the way you would.  Install felt floor protectors under all furniture and appliances that are not already on top of area rugs.  This will go a long way in the prevention of scratches and dents.
  • If you have rolling furniture, there are soft rubber casters you can purchase to go on the legs/feet, as the typical casters used on rubber furniture will not prevent scratches and divots from occurring.

Thinking of Switching to Wood Floors?

  • If you are leaning toward the move to wood flooring for your home or business, you should consider installing a beautifully classic wide plank floor for unparalleled beauty, durability and versatility.  Wide plank flooring has been in use for hundreds of years, with the earliest settlers first using the plentiful pines of the Northeast to create solid, durable floors that only improved over time, with use and age.  Even today, many of the colonial homes that are still in existence throughout the region still have their original wide plank flooring.

    There are different types of wood and different finishes to give you the floor of your dreams, regardless of whether you want to recreate the classic ambiance and craftsmanship of the colonial days, or your taste leads you to create a more modern, fashion-forward style.  There is wide plank flooring that will complement any decor and lifestyle.  You can choose between different grades for the exact look you hope to achieve, from a clear, streamlined knot-free appearance to the more natural grades that provide a more time-honored knotty look that has a little more character and depth of old world design.

    Traditional Flooring Ambiance

    Pines, Cherry, Walnut and oaks are the best for achieving your more traditional looks like Georgian, colonial or country styled homes.  They tend to be more rustic and natural looking, with a more knotty appearance, and they feature warmer tones with grains that are more pronounced.

    Contemporary and Fashionable Flooring

    Maples, Hickory and Birch are all proven woods to help create a modern, transitional or contemporary look.  They tend to reveal less of the grains, which appear tighter, and these woods generally look lighter in color and hue.  They work well to achieve a cleaner line to augment that of contemporary lines in the home.

    There are a variety of treatments and installations that will further create the exact look you hope to achieve, and once you transition to wide plank flooring, you’ll be glad you ditched the carpet, for a fresh, clean new beginning of living well.