I have a client who is moving to a new home. His new place is a triple decker in Cambridge.
Here's a picture of a triple decker. This is not the client's home though.
A former owner of the home who was an architect did some interesting things to the home. The front of the house retained it's original feel; the back of the house, he modern-ed up.
We decided to put crown molding in the rooms that had retained their original feel. So it was off to Anderson McQuaid to select crown and picture molding to run below. They offer samples of all the moldings and I took some pictures of their sample boards. I find clients cannot make sense of the profiles of trim (and truthfully I cannot always either).
Who knew there were so many choices?! But not really when you break it down.
The criteria we considered:
ceiling height of the rooms (9'6") required a substantial size or it would look skimpy
something to go with the period of the home and the existing casing size and style (casing is the word for molding around the windows and doors)
There was really only one good choice and it was a clear winner.
How to tell? We stood on a ladder and held the different samples up to the ceiling to see what we liked best. Took all of about 5 minutes on site.