12 Crown Molding Ideas to Spruce Up Your Home

Make A Statement

Thanks to both its color and size, this colonial/traditional crown molding makes quite a statement. Similar dark blue trim around the windows makes sure this crown molding, which is more conspicuous than most, doesn't seem out of place.

Repeat Patterns To Add Character

These cute linked squares are called dentil molding, and they're quite skilled at catching the eye. Repetitive patterns like dentil molding can tie together a space with their characteristic details.

Test Out A Cove Crown

True to its name, cove crown molding consists of one swooping curve. It's best suited for elegant spaces like formal dining rooms and bedrooms.

Imply Formality

Looking to increase the formality of your living room or dining room? Try painting your molding the same color as the walls but use a different finish— like the glossy sage colonial-style molding in this formal living room.

Use Layers

This crown molding owes its complexity to multiple layers united by paint. Todd says these layers, known as backers, can make the crown molding look bigger, increasing its impact.

Invite Elegance

Large and more steeply angled crown molding heightens the elegance of any space. Crown molding often comes in 2-3 angles, Todd describes, and is hollow despite appearing solid.

Play With Pattern And Color

The master bedroom of designer Ashley Hanley's home in Raleigh, North Carolina, is both calming and playful. How? The tiny patterns provided by dentil molding draw the eye up, making the room more inviting without decreasing the tranquility of the periwinkle walls.

Keep It Simple

In this living room, crown molding serves to separate a ceiling and walls painted the same color. The neutral colors still preserve the simplicity of the space and allow other elements — such as the peach couch — to shine.

Use Crown Molding As A Transition

This room's playful wallpaper gives it a lot of character, but it also feels mismatched with the simple ceiling. Some inconspicuous crown molding ties the walls and ceiling together while preserving the room's character.

Tie Together Trims

Playful blue trimming around the windows, paired with blue crown molding, brings a lot of spirit to this white bedroom. Using trim and crown molding this way also draws the eye up and out, helping the room appear bigger.

Embrace Ornate

Though more uncommon than traditional/colonial molding and contemporary/craftsman molding, ornate molding is worth considering — especially if you're looking for elegance and antiquity. Ornate molding can also pair well with contemporary elements.

Welcome Simplicity

Even shorter, less flashy crown molding contributes to more inviting spaces. Todd suggested varying the size and formality of crown molding throughout the house, tailoring the style to each room.

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