I've been noticing that whenever crown molding is discussed on forums or in articles, a lot of people seem interested only in installing LARGE crown molding. However, from witnessing countless older homes and buildings in my area, the Hudson Valley in New York, it appears smaller crown molding (smaller than 2" in height) was pretty much the norm, not the exception. I've witnessed smaller size crown molding even in late 1800s victorians but pretty much standard in historic tudors, capes and craftsman style homes. In fact, the only times I've seen ORIGINAL crown molding larger than about 2" in homes newer than the 1920s was when it was installed in MODERN times. My question is, if people are interested in installing crown molding to "restore" their homes, why the trend toward HUGE crown molding that seems historically inaccurate? Even retro mill shops seem to promote only oversized molding. Is this just being overlooked or are we sacrificing historical accuracy for mill shops to be able to sell bigger costlier crown molding?
Would love to hear opinions or facts on this. Thanks!