Look to Crown Molding for a Dramatic Home Accent

Shannon Lee

Want to add even more old-house charm to your abode? Crown molding is a classic touch that has become increasingly rare in modern homes. Much more dramatic than a new paint job, crown molding is the kind of addition to your home that brings the "wow" from your guests.

The Basics of Crown Molding

Many styles of crown molding are available to choose from, and you can combine any of the styles to create a unique look.

  • Traditional Style. If you prefer the classic look, choose dark wood and pair it with a rich paint color. Opt to go even deeper into the traditional style of crown molding by pairing it with a chair rail of the same color.
  • Shinto Style. Smooth and simple lines are the hallmark of the Shinto, or Asian, style. Natural, light-colored woods and contrasting paint colors work well to enhance the simplicity of a room.
  • Casual Contemporary. Sometimes called "cottage style," the contemporary look is usually created with a very light-colored wood and white trim.
  • Layered molding. For a very opulent, worldly style of crown molding, consider layering several shapes and sizes of crown molding to achieve the look you desire.

Different crown molding materials are available to fit any budget:

  • Prefinished molding. If you are put off by all the careful measuring and cutting you need for crown molding but still want to handle the job yourself, consider prefinished molding.
  • Wood molding. If you want molding that is versatile and can stand up to whatever paint you want to use, wood molding might be your best bet--but it is also the toughest on your budget.
  • Veneer molding. If wood molding is out of your price range, opt for veneer molding. You can get the look of cherry, oak, or maple at a fraction of the cost.

Don't forget the details! Medallion molding around an antique light fixture can complete the classic look. Use molding on the ceiling to create the look of box beams. Don't hesitate to mix and match styles of crown molding, or use a different style in each room for a charming change.

Crown Molding Installation

Can you handle do-it-yourself installation for crown molding? Keep in mind that installing crown molding means quite a bit of measuring, a good grasp of angles, and a great deal of patience. It is probably not the best project for a beginner. If you are uncertain about installing your own crown molding, talk to an experienced professional.


About the Author

Shannon Dauphin is a freelance writer based near Nashville, Tennessee. Her house was built in 1901, so home repair and renovation have become her hobbies.

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