Crown Moulding and Why It is Driving You Nuts!




Hello Everybody,

Properly, right here we’re within the new 12 months 2022. It’s chilly exterior. I want a bathe.

And, I’m attempting to jot down this put up about crown moulding. (That’s how I discovered to spell it in design faculty) However, I’m high-quality when you spell it Crown Molding.

After all, it isn’t like we’ve by no means mentioned crown moulding earlier than. We actually have mentioned crown and all completely different sorts of mouldings– dozens of posts. Nonetheless, the subject has at all times been part of one other put up on mouldings.


A kind of posts that I strongly advise you to have a look at and possibly bookmark is that this put up which fits over proportions of most utilized wall mouldings.

And, additionally this put up talks about excellent architectural proportions.


The truth is there are millions of crown moulding and different moulding designs.


I may write a complete e-book dedicated to all the crown moulding potentialities. So, please know proper now, that I’m barely going to scratch the floor. Nonetheless, I’m hoping you’ll study not less than one factor you don’t presently know.

Nonetheless, I’ve a confession to make.

I’ve develop into obsessed tremendous thinking about crown mouldings. I imply, I’ve at all times beloved them, however just lately, I’ve spent a loopy period of time taking a look at them. After all, it has to do with my impending renovation.


However, Laurel, you will have these super-high ceilings, and I’ve 8-foot ceilings.


Sure, I do know and perceive. I’ve lived in houses with an 8-foot ceiling for not less than 2/3 of my life.

So, two issues. I’m not altering the mouldings within the two rooms with the super-high ceilings.

I’m altering or including within the areas with 10-foot and 9-foot ceilings.


However listed below are some issues to remember when selecting a crown moulding, or any moulding for that matter.


The precise moulding dimension doesn’t often change all that a lot between an 8-foot ceiling and a 12-foot ceiling.

It’s at all times higher for mouldings to go smaller than too massive.

I’m not the one one who has had these ideas. Please learn this excellent weblog put up by That is Carpentry concerning the magical entablature.

Entablature by way of Stephens School


Correct Proportions for Interior Mouldings 8-ft Ceiling Based on Doric Order

Above, you possibly can see that the frieze is just below the cornice. I stated no cornice; nonetheless, cornice and crown are typically interchangeable. Nonetheless, there could be a secondary factor beneath the crown, such as you see in a Georgian-style crown moulding, nevertheless it must be scaled down.


Images will be fairly deceptive with regards to crown mouldings.


The angles the digital camera sees can change issues dramatically. Plus, there’s an enormous distinction in how a moulding will look from the entrance and the aspect. So, except you’ve had expertise with a selected moulding, at all times make a lifesize pattern of it. Most firms will promote you a pattern dimension for this goal. If attainable, have somebody maintain up the mannequin within the actual place(s) it’s going.

Sure, identical to a paint pattern.

Nonetheless, you don’t have to fret as a lot concerning the aspect view when you’re not seeing it from the aspect.


You will notice the crown moulding from the aspect if there’s:


    A nook going to a different room or corridor.
    Or, an architectural factor comes out into the room, similar to a chimney breast or a sq. vary hood, clad in cabinetry.


One other necessary level to learn about crown mouldings is how they’re measured.


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Two and 1/eighth inch is the projection. (how far the crown moulding stands proud from the wall.

3 and 1/2″ is the peak and 4″ within the face. I suppose that’s as a result of that’s what you see as you face it head-on.


Let’s have a look at a couple of issues I don’t suggest that you just do.


Lots of builders take pleasure in increase their crown moulding. That’s high-quality, however extra isn’t extra. There should be some relaxation areas. And this holds true even in a room with a really excessive ceiling.


too built up crown moulding

There are waaaay too many bumps on this overly massive moulding.

It’s like a foul 60s hairdo.


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This put up primarily sticks to crown mouldings utilized the place the wall meets the ceiling, not cabinetry. Nonetheless…




The above instance is the so-called Shaker crown moulding. Sadly, there are numerous cupboard makers who’re promoting this abomination.

Whereas I do perceive their reasoning, it’s misguided. The builders suppose Shaker cabinetry is clean-lined and may have an identical crown with no artifice or bending components.


However, the upside-down pyramid is a completely made-up form by way of crown moulding.


What ought to be there, as a substitute? Properly, if the cupboards are as much as the ceiling, then nothing. Nonetheless, if the cupboards don’t come as much as the ceiling, a small crown with the conventional curves appears to be like nice.



Beneath are some attractive kitchens from DeVOL which exhibit this superbly, I believe.


deVOL-TunbridgeWells-shaker kitchen - farrow and ball wimborne white


devol kitchens - free standing cabinet - black - with celadon interior - glass doors


DeVOL Shaker kitchen small crown moulding
I like these kitchens from DeVOL.

Clerkenwell - Shaker Kitchen - DeVOL Kitchens - Small KitchensUmmm… No crown moulding in any respect, and one in every of my favourite galley kitchens. I don’t miss the crown. Do you?


The British do a thousand occasions higher when designing architectural options than numerous us Individuals.


And one factor they do in abundance is plaster mouldings. (that hyperlinks to an outdated however very stunning put up!)


Whereas you may get plaster mouldings within the US, they aren’t almost as widespread as wooden and different supplies which we’ll get to in a sec.

Plaster was the fabric of selection within the Nineteenth-century. It could possibly be molded into stunning shapes and didn’t do loopy issues like wooden typically does.

The truth is, my house inbuilt 1879 nonetheless has the unique plaster crown moulding in the lounge.


my apartment original plast crown moulding

The truth is, I’m certain the rosettes had been utilized individually.


original crown moulding with frieze my Boston apartment

See some gloppy paint? Additionally, it was not an excellent paint job. I’m hoping they will clear up the mouldings. After all, a contemporary coat of paint will assist immensely.

Jan 19, 11-49 den - Benjamin Moore Cedar KeyThe den, nonetheless, whereas plaster, will not be authentic. I believe whoever did it did an important job!


There are some great sources for plaster crown moulding within the UK. Right here’s a partial checklist.


The Coving Store

Victorian Cornice

GJ Plaster Mouldings


Undoubtedly, there are lots of of different firms that make plaster crown mouldings.


Are you able to get plaster mouldings within the US? Sure, you possibly can. One in all my favourite sources, DecoCraft has a tacky-sounding identify, however they’ve a beautiful collection of refined crown mouldings. Plus, they present how the moulding will look from three completely different angles. I like particularly once they present the crown moulding in situ. It actually helps to visualise the way it will look, for actual.


long-island-home-Steven Gambrel - detail shot

The truth is, you already know that attractive step crown moulding that Steven Gambrel did in his outdated seashore home within the Hamptons? Properly, DecoCraft carries these crown mouldings.

Steven Gambrel - instagram - summer home - dining room


So, why also have a crown moulding within the first place?


Crown mouldings will not be solely ornamental, they supply an answer for a typically messy line the place the wall meets the ceiling.

A crown moulding lifts the attention upward and can at all times make a room appear taller.


Within the US, most of us are used to crown mouldings manufactured from wooden like poplar, maple, or oak.


The issue with wooden, particularly in climates with numerous quantities of humidity and temperature is that it expands, contracts, and typically cracks.
I’m not saying don’t use it. However, possibly after this put up, you’ll take into account an artificial crown moulding.

Nonetheless, the moulding trade has been revolutionized lately by the  ever-growing common polyurethane and different artificial supplies used for crown and different mouldings.


The benefits are quite a few.


    No cracking, shrinking, splitting
    Flexibility. Most will be bent round curves, simply
    Polyurethane mouldings will be made into an infinite number of shapes, each plain and combine
    They’re inexpensive
    Artificial mouldings are light-weight and straightforward to place up. The truth is, many firms say they’re straightforward to place up even you probably have no expertise. I don’t know. I don’t suppose something that requires me to face on a ladder with my arms over my head is straightforward to do. Nonetheless, there are not any nails. There’s a particular glue to carry them in place.


After all, these mouldings will be painted and often come already primed for paint.


One in all my favourite firms is Orac Decor. They promote Orac Decor in any respect of those locations:





Nonetheless, one other nice supply with hundreds of mouldings is Ekena Millwork.

So, can you place up something you want in any house?

No, I don’t suppose so.

For instance, a 50s ranch would look unusual, adorned with heavy Victorian coving.

Nonetheless, not too way back, we checked out a number of rooms with low ceilings. There are some nice concepts for crown mouldings in that put up.

Beneath, I’ll share some types I believe would give a way of that with out going overboard.

As well as, one factor I like which I believe may be catching on as a development is continuous the crown down the wall in a flat frieze. And, a frieze, on the ceiling, too!



A few of the crown mouldings include a brief frieze as a part of the moulding.


You too can add a easy door casing or baseboard beneath the crown to create a frieze.

I used to be going to indicate you what I’m pondering of doing for my kitchen and entry, however the put up is already getting lengthy.

Nonetheless, I’m sharing one inspirational picture from DeVOL.


Classic Jersey DeVOL Crown Moulding


I like the cove however need the ceiling to not be fairly so up to date.


I’m pondering extra like this from DecoCraft.

decocraftusa - DC505-0433D

Or, this one. So stunning!


Properly, I may carry on going, as I stated at first. The topic of crown mouldings is a HUGE subject !



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