Crown molding is a type of trim used along the top of a wall for decorative purposes. It adds interest to the visual aesthetic of a room and makes practically any project look custom. Basically, crown molding is an excellent addition to any room, as long as you choose the right type.

At Steve Allen Construction in Ocala, FL, we’re not just the framing guys. We also specialize in custom trims and moldings to make your home truly unique. In this article, we’ll share how to choose the perfect crown molding for your current home or next project.

Consider Your Ceiling Height

Consider the Ceiling Height

The height of your ceiling is the main factor in determining what size crown molding you should use. For low 8-foot ceilings, don’t choose crown molding much over 3-inches wide. If your molding is too large it will make the room seem even smaller than it already is. In a room with medium height ceilings between 9 and 10 feet tall, use molding between 4 ¼ and 6 inches. Crown molding of this size let’s you get a little more creative with its shape. For ceilings over 10 feet, it’s time for some serious custom action! This is where you can begin combining multiple pieces of trim for a great stacked look.

Crown Molding Materials

Common Crown Molding Materials

There are several types of crown molding, with the most common being wood, plaster, MDF and polyurethane. Wood is the most popular material used as it is readily available and can come in a variety of finishes. Be wary though, as wood can warp in humid conditions. Plaster crown molding is great for those who want a very ornate crown molding as it can be custom made to include very intricate details. It also will not warp from humidity. MDF, or medium-density fiberboard, is a composite made of sawdust and resin. If you want trim that looks like wood but at a lower expense, MDF is the way to go. Finally, there is polyurethane crown molding, which is particularly durable against temperature and other elements.

Choosing a Color

Crown molding can come in virtually any color you want, and there really aren’t many rules to follow. Typically, if you have a wall color other than white, you’ll want to choose a crown molding color that is in a different shade to accent the transition from wall to ceiling. Often times designers choose to make the crown molding the same color as the ceiling. Just make sure whatever color you select works harmoniously with the other colors already present in the room. It’s also a good idea to try and make all trim, be it baseboard or crown molding, the same color.

Feel like the crown molding expert yet? If not, we at Steve Allen can always help you decide. Give us a call or reach out to us on our contact form with any custom molding questions you have. You can talk with us any time on our social channels.

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