Crown moulding itself is a customization, and a great way to add beauty and value to your home. Most of the crown moulding being installed in American homes is the basic Colonial style crown available at Lowes or Home Depot, usually painted a glossy white.
What many homeowners and would-be home customizers don’t know is how much additional customization is possible. This is especially true when you are working with a craftsman who is able to gauge your space and your design goals, and then integrate that with two areas of additional customization.
- The first area where additional customization is possible is crown profiles.
There are hundreds of different profiles available if you are willing to go beyond Lowes or Home Depot to source your crown moulding. Daw and Son Contracting sources from local crown suppliers who make custom crown moulding profiles right here in Hampton Roads.
- The second area where additional customization is possible is finish.
When customizing crown moulding, there are a broad variety of finishes to consider. Part of determining which type of finish is the appropriate pairing of species (e.g. pine, oak, poplar, cherry) with finish. For example, poplar absorbs stain unevenly, rendering it blotchy and unsightly, so it is not an appropriate species for that type of finish. From stain to paint to polyurethane, the sky is the limit when it comes to finishing crown moulding.
As an example of what customization can look like, a recent crown moulding installation Daw and Son Contracting performed involved selecting a modern cove moulding profile, which was then finished with a stain that gives it a pickled appearance. The top sample is before stain. The bottom sample is after stain.
We selected pine for two reasons: it is a relatively inexpensive species of wood, and its dominant grain makes it a great candidate for this type of finish, which would wash out a less “grainy” wood like maple. The home is located near the Virginia Beach oceanfront, so this finish is in keeping with the broader aesthetic of the home and the surrounding area. The feel is casual and subdued, but also reflects this new home’s modern tone.
When people think of crown moulding, they usually think of the typical high-gloss crown moulding we see in most homes. There is absolutely nothing wrong with selecting this type of crown, and we will happily install it for you. It is cost-effective and attractive, and it will add value to your home.
But if you’re looking for something more creative, Daw and Son Contracting has the experience and the design capabilities to take your crown moulding to the next level.