5 Crown Molding Ideas for Your Home

  • 01 of 05

    Install Crown Molding Between the Wall and Ceiling

    Crown Molding on Ceiling and Wall
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    Crown molding is often viewed as one of those magical fixes that you can use to accessorize your home with very little work. In a sense, this is true: crown molding is easy to install if you have a power nailer and an electric miter saw. After installation, crown molding looks great and adds an air of timelessness to many homes.

    Yet crown molding is not for every style of home, and it certainly can be overused and misused. Any house aiming for a modern look should not have crown. Plus, you need to keep the rest of the house commensurate with the crown molding. In short, you want to avoid having elaborate, stacked crown molding in a plain, flat house with no other ornamentation. It just would not fit. At the same time, simply adding crown molding does not give your home instant classic style. Classically styled homes not only have crown molding, but they also have wainscot, baseboards, bulls-eyes, and other types of trim.

    The most popular mode of crown molding installation is to mount it at a 45-degree angle at the point where the ceiling and the walls meet. If there happens to be a ragged edge of paint between the wall and the ceiling, the crown molding effectively hides it. 

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  • 02 of 05

    Use Crown Molding to Disguise Cabinet Soffits

    Crown Molding Covering Cabinet Soffits
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    Cabinet soffits are the space between the top of the cabinet and the ceiling. Some homeowners decide to shove the cabinets all the way to the ceiling, eliminating soffits altogether. Other homeowners retain the soffits but undertake various solutions to make this potentially dark, gloomy space look better.

    One very simple idea is to run a strip of crown molding along the top edge of the cabinets. Similar to attaching crown molding to architectural parapets, the upper portion of the cabinet crown molding hangs freely in mid-air. Running crown molding in this fashion covers up choppy-looking cabinet edges and adds an air of distinction to any kitchen or bathroom.

    An electric miter saw, a few strips of crown molding, and a power nailer are all you need to finish off the top edge of kitchen or bathroom cabinets in just an hour.

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  • 03 of 05

    Install Crown Molding Over an Interior Entrance

    Crown Molding Over Interior Doorway
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    Trim is a necessity with doorways that have doors. When doors are installed, a wide gap is left between the frame and the wall. The only way to cover up that gap is with trim.

    But interior entrances without doors do not always require trim. Even so, installing crown molding is a good visual aid to signify and dignify the entrance to a living room or a dining room.  Also, if one of the rooms is elaborately trimmed or has a coffered ceiling, the entrance crown molding acts as a lead-in to introduce the next room's set of trim.

    To finish off the edges of the crown molding, be sure to cut returns. These tiny bits of crown molding turn the crown molding back into the wall at a 90-degree angle, hiding the open ends of the crown.

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  • 04 of 05

    Install Crown Molding on the Top of a Wall

    Crown Molding on Top of Wall
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    Some homes have walls that extend upward, yet stop short of meeting the ceiling. One common example of this are closets that are built retroactively into a tall-ceiling house and which stop short of the ceiling. One idea for finishing off this hanging top edge is with crown molding.

    Crown molding can be nailed onto the edge of these protrusions to act as parapets, with the top of the crown simply floating in mid-air. This is an easy way to define that space and it can hide upward-projecting lights or rope lights.

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  • 05 of 05

    Install Crown Molding on an Exterior Door Header

    Crown Molding On Door Header
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    A great idea for dressing up an exterior door header is to install crown molding along the top. This easy crown molding idea works much like the other idea of attaching crown to the top edge of cabinets: the upper part of the crown is not attached to anything.

    One downside is that, if the top is left open, it can accumulate dust and dirt. However, you can easily suck out debris with a home vacuum fitted with a hose and attachments. Paint this crown molding the same color as the header and door trim. This is another simple crown solution for turning a plain doorway into an elegant entryway that you will be proud of.