Unique Uses of Crown Molding

  • 01 of 05

    Crown Molding Ideas

    Crown Molding Between Wall and Ceiling
    Crown Molding Between Wall and Ceiling. CC-Licensed; Flickr User Brian Moloney

    Crown molding is often viewed as one of those magical fix-it, makes-everything-right elements you can use to accessorize your home.  It's easy to install; looks classy; adds an air of timelessness.

    Caveat:  it's not for every home, and it certainly has been overused and misused in the last few years.  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.  What I mean is that you don't want to have fancy, stacked crown molding in a plain, flat house with no other ornamentation. 

    Crown At Juncture of Wall and Ceiling

    Shown here is the traditional mode of installation.  Crown is installed at a 45 degree angle at the point where ceiling and wall meet. 

    If there happens to be a ragged edge of paint between wall and ceiling, crown hides it.

    Watch Crown Installation

    For help, see this video on installing crown molding from handyman Steve Crider.  He covers both inside and outside corners, as well as that great secret for making tight corners:  a coping saw.

    If you're averse to working with wood, consider installing polymer crown molding.

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  • 02 of 05

    Crown Molding Over Interior Entrance

    Crown Molding Over Interior Doorway
    Crown Molding Over Interior Doorway. CC-Licensed; Flickr User Brian Moloney

    Trim is a necessity with doors.  When doors are installed, a quite-visible gap is left between the frame and the wall.  The only way to cover it up is with trim.

    But interior entrances such as this one don't require trim.  Here, trim acts as a visual aid to signify--and dignify--the entrance to the dining room.  Also it ties in with the dining room's coffered ceiling.

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  • 03 of 05

    Crown Molding on Architectural Elements

    Crown Molding on Architectural Elements
    Crown Molding on Architectural Elements. CC-Licensed; Flickr User Brian Moloney

    I'm not even sure what to call these varied interior architectural elements other than:  protrusions.  Sometimes in homes you have walls that extend upward, yet don't meet up with the ceiling.  Or, closets built retroactively into a tall-ceiling house will stop a couple of feet short of the ceiling.

    Crown molding can be nailed onto the edge of these protrusions to acts as parapets, with the top of the crown simply floating in mid-air.  It's an easy way to define that space.  It also can hide upward-projecting lights.

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  • 04 of 05

    Use Crown Molding to Disguise Cabinet Soffits

    Crown Molding Covering Cabinet Soffits
    Crown Molding Covering Cabinet Soffits. CC-Licensed; Flickr User Brian Moloney

    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 them altogether.  Other homeowners retain the soffits but undertake various solutions to make this potentially dark, gloomy space look better.

    Here comes the all-powerful crown molding to the rescue!

    This is a super-simple solution:  run a strip of crown molding along the top edge of the cabinets.  Like the idea of attaching crown to architectural parapets, the upper portion of the crown 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.

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  • 05 of 05

    Crown Molding on Door Header

    Crown Molding On Door Header
    Crown Molding On Door Header. CC-Licensed; Flickr User Brian Moloney

    A great way to dress up a door header is to install crown molding along the top.

    This easy install 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 you'll be proud of.