You’ve probably been in a few houses and establishments with crown moulding detailing, but have you ever considered having it in your own home? Since the ‘minimalist’ movement in the 1950s, preferences have switched to a modern and streamlined look. Before you write crown mouldings off without a second glance, let’s take a look at its benefits and use in various types of houses.
From Traditional to Minimalistic
Simple crown moldings work very well in traditional settings. To retain an opulent feel and detailed carvings, regular material choices are plaster and wood. Although there are many more materials you can use these days, the grandeur and splendour from a traditional design (e.g. acanthus or egg-and-dart) is really on another level. If you’re considering a more elaborate design for your space but lack the ceiling height, you should ensure that the wall and crown moulding colour is the same to give the illusion of continuity.
On the other hand, a minimalistic approach for crown mouldings is no less elegant. Focusing on clean lines and a flatter design, this type of crown moulding blends in beautifully in a streamlined surrounding. To ensure that your room looks less cluttered, the crown moulding should be in a matching or neutral shade.
A Great Addition for High Ceilings
If you have a grand foyer or living room, it seems a shame to leave the upper walls bare. The trend for coffered ceilings is recently making a comeback and can be matched beautifully with more elaborate crown mouldings. Room heights of more than 15 feet will greatly benefit from a crown moulding fitting as it helps to furnish the upper walls and lends a majestic air with very little effort.
Suitable for Any Type of Edge and Room Shape
There is an unspoken rule of thumb that 1 feet of ceiling height allows for an addition of 1” of crown moulding. In the case of a 9 foot ceiling, the maximum size for a crown moulding should be 9”. Although that is typically true for a lot of rooms, the size of your crown mouldings is really all up to you.
Due to the emergence of new, flexible materials for crown mouldings, it’s now very possible to create a crown moulding for curves without having to order an expensive custom plaster creation. Since you can always get a perfect edging, you won’t be left hanging with bare spots and exposed walls.
Eliminates Wall and Ceiling Irregularities
It can’t be denied that crown mouldings are a great choice for cover-ups. If you’re left with a bad paint job or uneven plastering, the addition of a crown moulding will effectively hide these spots and provide a new key feature for your upper wall and ceiling. It also helps to provide relief from a single tone wall and accentuates the corners of a space.
Providing an Elegant Finish
A French-inspired style really benefits from the addition of crown mouldings. If adding it your walls and ceilings is inconvenient, the next logical step would be putting the finishing touches on cabinets (especially in the kitchen). Its presence immediately lends an air of Old World elegance. For a lighter feel, you can consider smaller crown moulding with shallow indentations.
There’s really nothing wrong with using more than one type of crown moulding in the same space. To reduce the amount of lines and elaborate details, you can experiment with a curved crown moulding and a flat panel crown moulding. Whichever your combination choice, the end result should be a polished finish that complements the entire design of the space.
If you love the idea of an elegant setting that suits any type of interior (e.g. Contemporary, Traditional, Eclectic), installing crown moulding is definitely the way to go. With so many types of materials and styles in the market these days, it’s more likely that you’ll have a harder time deciding what to use instead of worrying about a lack of choice.