When it comes to the transition from wall to ceiling, crown molding can enhance the décor of any room. Whether your style is modern or you prefer something a bit more traditional, there are dozens of fresh and exciting choices for today’s homes. Plus, modern molding materials make it easy to add the classic elegance of crown molding on just about any budget.
Originally developed by the ancient Greeks and Romans as a way to disguise imperfections where ceilings and walls joined each other within a room, crown molding continues to be an important decorative device even after modern building standards eliminated this problem.
In fact, many rooms actually seem incomplete without this important finishing touch.
The wide variety of crown molding styles allow you to enhance almost any type of architecture - whether your style is modern or traditional or you prefer more ornate embellishments. You can add crown molding that matches the era when your home was originally built, or you can consider options that coordinate with your furnishings. Either way, the wide range of crown molding options give you a unique opportunity to artfully finish the area where a room's walls and ceiling meet.
Here are a few simple architectural guidelines that have endured through the years:
Consider the room's purpose. Traditionally, crown molding was incorporated into impressive public rooms, such as entry foyers, dining rooms and parlors. The size would remain consistent from one first-floor entertaining space to the next. By contrast, smaller, less elaborate crown molding was generally used for private spaces - a powder room or bedroom.
Play off the existing trim. Look at your baseboard plus door and window trim to determine the right scale. Appropriately sized crown molding is either the same height as, or slightly smaller than, the baseboard.
Measure the ceiling height. For standard eight-foot-high ceilings, crown molding height should be 2½ to 6 inches; for nine-foot ceilings, 3 to 7½ inches; and for 10-foot ceilings, 3½ to 8 inches.
Remember these are just guidelines, use your personal style to add interest and flair to any room with crown molding. Plus, in addition to topping off cabinets, you can use it over doors, to frame a mirror like a piece of artwork or anywhere you want to draw the eye with elegant visual appeal. It’s also a great way to incorporate dramatic lighting or hide new wiring.