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Home Improvement  /  April 30, 2018

4 Design Ideas for Crown Molding

Among all trims and moldings, the crown is the most popular. The noticeable profile, stylish curves and classy angles make crown molding instantly distinguishable. It has the power to draw the eye to the ceiling, so that the room in which it is used is easily transformed from plain to distinguished. Designs from other motifs may also be present in some crowns. With the elongated S profile right on top of a cove, and the cornice formed beneath the cove, the crown delivers a polished and cohesive appearance that gives it its name.

Here are four crown molding design ideas:

1. Volume for a Low Ceiling

The Federal style crown molding has a simple, elegant beading. It helps a low-ceiling room look voluminous. This style was popular from the American Revolution until the early 19th century. It has small indented lines and concave shapes.

2. Bumped-Up Look

A bump four feet out with a small-scale Early American molding makes an area appear larger than it is. This features a cyma recta curve, which is concave at the outer edge and convex at the inner edge. This crown gives a rich to any room.

3. Upgraded Trim for Crisp Lines

A Colonial Revival crown gives a crisp, clean look. It is usually reserved for the nicer rooms of the home. This style harnesses a mix of bold (Greek Revival) and light (Federal) profiles for the best of both worlds. Crown profiles may include the ogee S shape and the cyma recta curve.

4. Uncrowded Crown Style

Older homes have smaller areas for generous crown molding, creating a crowding problem. A Classical Revival top trim lends more room for natural light. This style provides dignity and complexity, which makes for a significant style contribution. The cyma recta top and flat-front boards soften its bold scale.

It may be easy enough for an experienced DIY enthusiast to install a one-piece crown. But if a room has odd-shaped walls, or if the molding material is heavy, hire a pro. Call Handyman Connection of Matthews for consultation and estimates at (704) 255-5626 today.

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