You’ve probably come across several instances of crown moulding (possibly even in your own home). From structural accents on the upper portions of our homes to furniture accents, there’s just so much we can actually do with this practical and beautiful design option. If you’re thinking of trying out this long-lasting and value-added element, just take a look at some of the ideas below to see how you can make this work in your own home.
Install on Wall and Ceiling Junctions
Contemporary mouldings are most commonly used to cover the point where the ceiling greets the wall. There are several types of crown moulding designs, ranging from very elaborate castings to minimalist lines. It is typically used to hide structural weaknesses and shoddy paint finishings. If you’re looking to add crown mouldings with a clean and simple feel, you can even consider buying off-the-rack and installing them on your own.
Addition on Interior Entrance
Trims are necessary when it comes to doors because the visible gap left between the frame and the wall is rather stark and off-putting. For interior entrances however, trims are not usually required, but it can act as a visual add-on to present a more significant entryway. If your ceiling is coffered or more elaborately designed, the appearance of a crown moulding above an interior entrance also helps to complement the entire feel.
Hold and Hide Lights
Uplighting and cove lighting are getting more and more popular these days as it gives us the option of indirect lighting on the upper parts of our walls. It can serve as both the primary lighting in your home and also provides an aesthetic value to highlight decorative ceilings. In this case, the crown moulding acts as a horizontal ledge to hold and hide the light fixtures and wiring.
Disguise Cabinet Soffits
Depending on how you choose to design your kitchen, you could have a sizeable space between the top of your cabinets and the ceiling. This space is called a soffit. By choosing to add-on crown mouldings on the top portion of your cabinetry, you can cover up undesirable cabinet edges and lend a distinctive air to the entire room. Depending on the colours of your cabinetry and walls, adding a crown moulding can help to downplay the gloomier parts above your cabinets.
Use as Door and Window Headers
Ever noticed an extra section above the trims of doors and windows? This would usually be crown mouldings. It’s definitely a great way to dress up the various openings in a house without going over your budget. Depending on the overall colour of your doors, windows and space, you might want to paint the crown moulding the same colour as your trim to ensure that your choice is seamless and elegant.
Exterior Architectural Elements
Ranging from pillar accents to rooftop additions, crown mouldings can also be seen on house exteriors. Due to changing weather conditions and various levels of humidity, the materials used for exterior crown mouldings are usually water resistant and denser. There are many home and establishments which utilise this complementary feature in their designs and the effect is usually one of grandeur and elegance.
Turn any wooden cabinetry, cupboards or drawers into an instant hit with the addition of crown mouldings. It doesn’t really matter if the design of your furniture is older or more modern (e.g. transitional, minimalistic); you can always find the right type of crown moulding to complement its design. Solid wood crown mouldings can be crafted into elaborate designs, but if you’re looking for something simpler, then polyurethane or MDF crown mouldings should provide enough flexibility.
Although crown mouldings are often misused and overused these days, it’s still a wonderful option to consider if you want to upgrade or revamp your home. Just remember that any added element in your home should complement one another and this applies to crown mouldings as well. If you’re not entirely sure how to go about this, you should always reach out to a professional for assistance.