An NAHB study shows a preference for crown moldings. Sixty-two percent of respondents rated crown moldings the third most essential decorative feature in the home.
Wood's relative hardness is determined by the Janka Rating System, which calculates the force required to drive a .444 inch steel ball into the wood until half the diameter of the ball is embedded.
With proper care, wood can last for hundreds of years without rot or wear.
More than 52% of all hardwoods in North America are oak trees.
Interest in classical style really took off in the second half of the 18th century, when Scottish architect Robert Adam began using its elements in fancy homes.
Wood carving is one of the oldest types of art, dating back over 400,000 years.
The ancient Greeks and Romans had three classical orders of architecture: Doric, Ionic, and Corinthian.