Crown molding was created as a form of decorative trim that adds character and elegance to a room. It provides a transition from a ceiling to a wall, and in ceiling trays.  Some say it makes a fifth wall for your room. 

It originated from the ancient Greeks and Romans, who used it to adorn their buildings and columns with different styles. Crown molding was also used to hide the joints between the wall and the ceiling.

There are many different types of crown molding, each with its own distinct design and material. Traditionally Crown moldings are made of solid wood and are cut on a molding machine.  Historically they have been made of stone and plaster as well.  In today’s market you can find Polyurethane, foam, MDF, and others.  Generally speaking, the polyurethane moldings can have very intricate patterns and details, which would previously have required an artisan to hand carve them from solid wood. Foam moldings are typically less expensive than the other choices, but finish very smoothly and look good if painted, MDF moldings are pre primed and tend to have a very smooth finish when painted, they also come in very long lengths requiring less joints in the finished installation.

Crown molding has evolved over time, reflecting the changing tastes and trends of different periods and cultures. There is a design style associated with most architectural periods: Classical, Georgian, Regency, Victorian, Edwardian, Art Deco and Contemporary. Modern Architecture is not known to have a certain crown molding associated with it.

Traditional crown molding, usually made of wood or MDF. It has a curved profile that creates a smooth transition between the wall and the ceiling. Traditional crown molding can be painted or stained to match your décor.  

Dentil crown molding features small rectangular blocks that resemble teeth. Dentil crown molding is often used in historical or colonial-style homes. It adds a lot of detail and texture to the room. Dentil crown molding is usually made of wood or plaster.  

Cove crown molding has a concave profile that creates a soft and subtle effect. Cove crown molding is often used in modern or minimalist homes. It can also be combined with other types of trim to create more complex designs. Cove crown molding is usually made of wood, MDF, or polyurethane.

Rope crown molding features a rope-like design that adds a nautical or rustic touch to the room. Rope crown molding is often used in coastal or farmhouse-style homes. It can also be used to accentuate other features, such as fireplaces or cabinets. Rope crown molding is usually made of wood or polyurethane.

These are just some of the types of crown molding that you can choose from. There are many more options available, depending on your preferences and budget. You can also mix and match different types of crown molding to create your own unique style.

Choosing the right size crown molding for your room can make a big difference in the appearance and style of your space. This is really why I started writing this in the first place. If you choose a crown molding that is too large or too small for your room, it can look out of proportion and ruin the effect.

There are some general guidelines that you can follow to choose the correct size crown molding for your room, based on the principles of classical architecture. These principles relate the size and shape of the crown molding to the height and width of the room, as well as the level of formality and detail of the space:

  • For an 8-foot ceiling height, the recommended crown size is 2-1/2″ to 6″ tall with no picture mold. 
  • For a 9-foot ceiling height, the recommended crown size is 3″ to 7-1/2″ tall with or without picture mold. A picture is a small molding applied to a wall to create a framed look.
  • For a 10-foot ceiling height, the recommended crown size is 3-1/2″ to 8-1/2″ tall with or without picture mold. You can use more than one piece of molding to build a deeper crown and achieve a larger impact.
  • For higher ceilings, you can use larger and more dramatic crown moldings, such as 7″ or more tall with or without picture mold. 

Crown Molding can make a huge difference in your home, office, or commercial space.  You can create unique spaces inspired by centuries of design, at an affordable price. First step is to choose you style, then measure your rooms area and ceiling height.  Once you have done this, contact about ideas and how we can supply the materials you need to make it a reality.

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