These crown molding ideas strike the right note in any space, no matter the size or aesthetic.
Crown molding can add character to just about any space. Whether it’s a bedroom, living room, or study, any room that utilizes this architectural flourish will feel special. If you're planning a room refresh, crown molding is definitely something to consider. But before you get started, know that the varieties and styles of crown molding are endless.
We're sharing our favorite crown molding ideas to help you narrow down the options. These are the best kinds of crown molding for tall or low ceilings and modern or traditional design. No matter your design style, the right crown molding installation can deliver an undeniable richness and charm.
Make a Statement Wall Pop
When creating a focal wall, there are two options for the molding: You can keep it consistent throughout the space, or opt to incorporate it into the statement area for an even more bold look. Material will be important here (you can't wallpaper crown molding, for example) but if you're painting an accent wall, consider taking it all the way up to the crown molding to create an elegant look. For statement walls that call on a different material, such as stone or brick, consider skipping the crown molding altogether as it could work against the look you’re going for.
Use Crown Molding with Built Ins
One of the draws of crown molding is that it can quickly elevate a space, thanks to its custom feel. The same can be said for built-ins, so combining the two is a carpentry match made in heaven. Be sure to paint both the molding and the built ins in the same hue to create a furniture-like feel.
Painted Crown Molding
Taking a paint color scheme across the entire room (from built-ins to the windows and even the mantel) can create a cozy and enveloping feel. Including the crown molding in the paint job will only further the overall effect, creating a quaint and classic feel.
Make Your Molding Modern
Sometimes crown molding gets a bad rap for being overly ornate and traditional, but with a little creativity it can easily take on a modern aesthetic. Cleaner, smoother varieties will certainly add a more modern twist while still creating the custom look crown molding is known for.
Consider the Cornices
When your moldings are interrupted by windows, they can easily make their way into the statement-making carpentry in their own right. Window cornices fashioned in the same style as the rest of the molding creates a stunning presentation that’s ideal for your home’s most dramatic spaces.
Choose an Accent Shade
When you’re working with a variety of finishes, paint colors, and tones, painting the crown molding in an accent shade—particularly one found in other small details throughout the space—can both highlight the millwork and draw together the entire scheme. We love this look with natural elements as they have a way of working together without reading too busy.
Subtle Crown Molding Ideas
Sometimes other elements within a room will dictate a more subdued approach with the crown moldings. Here, a shelf for a collection of white serving pieces sits atop window trim that demands its own moment. Using smaller and simpler crown molding keeps the look cohesive without adding any distractions.
When trying to create separation between two spaces, particularly within an open floor plan, consider using crown molding to create zones. It can easily make one large space feel like two distinct rooms, crowned in elegance. This method of visual separation leaves an open and airy feel and without any added barriers within the flow of the space.
Match the Wall Color
Ensuring the space doesn’t feel too top heavy can be a concern with crown molding. In spaces where you have an abundance of millwork already, this can be a particularly important factor to keep in mind—but that doesn’t mean you need to skip it altogether. Try a molding that sits more flush that won’t weigh things down but still contributes to the overall effect. Keeping the molding the same color as the walls will also help in this aim.
Creative Crown Molding Ideas
Crown molding plays particularly well with high ceilings, adding an air of opulence to a space. It can deliver a loftiness without the feeling of starkness that can sometimes arise with towering walls. With ornate molding, consider how you can keep the rest of the decor in check, particularly when it comes to the walls.
Color Drenched Crown Molding
When making a statement with a highly-saturated color like deep, inky blue, take it from the walls to the molding to the ceiling. This works particularly well in smaller spaces that also have architectural details on the walls, such as intricate moldings and paneling. Crown molding will tie both the ceiling’s panels and the more ornate wall panels together, providing a subtle frame thanks to the monochrome color scheme.
Change Your Orientation
Crown molding is typically an element that bridges the upper portion of walls to the ceiling, but it's not just a way to frame what’s overhead. To lend a modern feel to a space, consider using flat wood panels to highlight a vaulted ceiling. Keep in mind the height of the space and consider whether your ceilings are tall enough to accomplish the desired effect without giving a heavy overhead feel.
Architectural Crown Molding Ideas
Crown molding can blend in with the surroundings—and in certain spaces, that might be the objective. But when you want to give it a special little nod with an air of subtlety, a simple variation in color or painted element within the molding can give it just enough interest to draw the eye.
Don’t Skip Hardworking Spaces
Even utilitarian spaces like laundry rooms or mudrooms can benefit from crown molding. Particularly when used to connect cabinetry to the ceiling, crown molding can deliver a more custom feel without a custom price tag.
Match Crown Molding to the Ceiling
Crown molding typically mirrors the walls, sticking with their color or aesthetic. But for a statement that encourages dwellers to look up, take design influence from the ceiling instead. In an entry, a light wood grain ceiling creates a warm, grounding feel that ties in the stone wall found in the room just beyond. Utilizing the same ceiling material for crown molding creates a finished look that draws the eye to the focal point ceiling.
Natural Wood Molding
There’s something about natural wood tones that have a timeless appeal. While crown molding is typically painted—whether white or a shade that coordinates with the wall color—wood molding with a natural stain can stand the test of time.
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