Introducing the Modern Trims: Crown Mouldings

Just its name evokes a sense of elegance and stature. In a world full of trim, crown mouldings really are the cream of the crop. Starting from the ancient Greeks, this everlasting ceiling and cabinetry top addition is continuously evolving to suit our more modern tastes.

Although originally carved from stone, this enduring concept is now available in many lighter and malleable materials. For off-the-rack purchases, you’ll have your pick of plaster, wood, foam, and polyurethane. Now that you’ve gotten an idea of crown mouldings, let’s take a look at some design options available for your home.


Applying Wooden Accents


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Although foam and plasters are fast becoming a favourite material, wooden crown mouldings is still a great option. In this room, the addition of a darker-toned crown moulding provides additional warmth and form to create a cosy living space.

These days, the use of polyurethane as a sturdy material is comparable to wood crown mouldings. Its simple cove design can be found in most homes. Easy to purchase and easy on the eyes, this ceiling addition can even be self-installed with a little bit of know-how.


Giving it a Lick of Paint


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Modern crown moldings make up a common appearance in homes these days, but there’s always something you can do to give yours a simple twist. In this case, the colour of the crown moulding and the floor trim and floorboards are painted in the same colour for a smooth and cohesive finish.

Sometimes, less really is more. Although crown mouldings are usually identified by a sloped S-curve, flat variation will do the job just as well. If you’re thinking along the lines of something like this for your home, you can always try your hand at purchasing stock wood and installing it in on your own.


Sturdy Extensions


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This example of dentil moulding is exaggerated to create a battlement effect. Paired with red brick walls and intricate fabric patterns, it’s easy to imagine yourself transported back in time.

The traditional egg-and-dart detailing shown here is further enhanced with a layer of glaze. For that sophisticated metallic feel, you can choose to glaze all available layers for a top-heavy finish or alternate the glaze on alternate intricate layers, leaving the simple crown moulding in a neutral palette.


Leaving a Victorian Emphasis 




Classical-Revival style homes such as this are a clever mix of subtle simplicity and intricate accents. In this example, the furnishings are chosen for their sturdiness and comfort with very little ingrained patterns. Most of your attention will be drawn by the beautiful plaster ceiling and detailed crown moulding in each room.

Traditional acanthus leaves and egg-and-dart detailing were coined by ancient Greeks and Romans. Depending on your preference, a detailed crown moulding can really give a room a polished finished that requires very little enhancements.


Light It Up


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Crown mouldings are typically found at the ends of where the wall meets the ceiling. In the case of this slanted abbey-like ceiling, a crown cove moulding was modified to fit a series of horizontal lights. Not only does this provide a soft diffusion of warm light upwards, it also adds a nice touch to an otherwise bare ceiling.

For the contemporary or Art Deco inspired home, crown moulding presents a less curved-out effect. It can easily be done by overlapping different sizes of solid strips. What’s great about this particular design is that it can cover up more empty space than usual crown mouldings.

There are many types of crown mouldings in the market these days so you’ll definitely be spoiled for choice. Take your time getting used to the various designs in the market and remember that there’s also many types of materials for you to choose from.

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