Looking to add a little magic to your rooms? Call in the magician — crown moulding can make rooms seem taller, shorter, and fancier. It’ll disappear the seam where walls meet ceilings, put an exclamation point on cabinets and built-ins, and camouflage your remodeling secrets. Check out these 10 great crown moulding tricks and ideas.
Crown moulding is a visual treat that adds a touch of elegance. Crown mouldings made of wood come in hundreds of profiles and can be stained, painted, or left natural. Because wood tends to expand and contract with changes in humidity, use flexible caulk at joints and seams. Cost: $1.50 to $45 per foot.
Not all crown mouldings look like they came from ancient Greece; these jazzed-up plaster mouldings are completely contemporary. In rooms with ceilings 8 feet high or less, the upper portion of your crown moulding (along the ceiling) should be longer than the bottom (along the wall). Custom plaster mouldings and trims cost $25-$50 per running foot; installation requires experience.
The three-piece crown moulding on this upper kitchen cabinet matches the classic Shaker-style motif of the door casing. It’s an easy DIY project featuring a slim piece of simple trim and a plain flat board topped with a 2-inch-wide piece of fluted crown. You’ll spend about $15 per cabinet.
Lighted crown mouldings add a soft, ambient glow and are sure-fire conversation starters. The two-piece system has lights in the lower moulding that project upward, illuminating the upper piece. Cost for a 12-by-12-foot room is about $800, installed.
Got a room with a curve? That’s no problem for flexible polyurethane crown moulding that’ll conform to just about any shape. It’s lightweight, and accepts paints and stains. An 8-foot-long piece is $15-$30.
Made for use with stamped metal ceiling panels, crown moulding made of tin or aluminum is lightweight and easy to cut. Pre-formed corners eliminate the need for complex miters, so a handy DIYer can tackle installation. Metal crown moulding comes pre-finished, or can be primed and painted to match your decor. Cost: $1-$5 per lineal foot.
Want to run new wiring in your house but balk at the thought of ripping out drywall? Let crown moulding come to the rescue. Hollow PVC crown moulding is an inexpensive way to hide cable, audio, and communication wires in any room. An 8-foot-section with a 4-inch profile is $10-$20.
Lightweight polyurethane crown mouldings are easy to install. You can cut and nail them like wood, but they won’t split or crack. Most come with a factory-applied primer finish and are ready to paint. A 4-inch-wide piece of polyurethane crown moulding that’s 12 feet long is $60-$90.
If you like making eco-conscious choices for your home, try crown moulding made from reclaimed timbers. Using salvaged materials means no new timber is harvested, and keeps old building products out of landfills. Beautiful heart pine molding with 5.5-inch profile is about $8.75 per lineal foot.