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Crown Molding: Is It Right for Your Home?

Posted by Holli McRae on 10/15/14 10:30 AM

Crown moldings are one of the architectural features that can really add value to your home. They add a visual presence that can make a home feel more upscale. Done well, they instantly say this home is well-crafted and solid. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an older home beautifully appointed with lovely crown moldings, you may find yourself feeling like your home is lacking in architectural details that give it distinction.

Have you been wondering if crown molding could work in your house? Are you worried that your ceilings are too low to use it? Concerned that you can't afford the wide moldings you'd love? Not sure what style or size to get? And what if you want a contemporary look — can you still use crown molding?

Have I got some tips for you!
Does the crown molding have to match the baseboards?
Not exactly, but it needs to have a similar visual weight. It looks funny to have large crown molding with tiny baseboards and vice versa. If you are going to upgrade to add crown molding and you have little 3-inch baseboards, you'll want to replace those also with deeper ones.
This room shows an almost perfectly matched width for crown moldings and baseboards. Unfortunately, I don't know the ceiling height, but again, this looks to be no more than 9 feet tall, and might be just a little lower.
How about you? Do you see yourself adding crown molding?

About the Author:
Houzz Contributor. Pangaea Interior Design is an award winning design firm specializing in residential projects including new construction, remodeling and kitchen & bath design. Pangaea's style is characterized by clean lines and uncluttered interiors that are warm, comfortable, inviting and reflect the personal taste and interests of her clients. Call to schedule your initial consultation and you'll be well on the way to the home of your dreams. 503-.816.4394


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