One of the goals of interior design is to make a room mesmerizing by incorporating intricate details that draw the eye to specific focal points. Crown moulding is one of the visual tools that designers use to make a room feel larger and adds character to a room.

One of the great things about crown moulding is that installing it is a very straightforward process that requires minimal tools. However, you do need to know what you’re doing or you may end up with a big mess on your hands. Another benefit of crown moulding is that it can add value to your home and is a good way to give a room a unique touch.

Some homes do not have crown moulding installed because it is an additional feature that serves as an aesthetic feature more than a functional one, leading some to believe that they do not need the extra expense. The truth is, crown molding makes a difference, and while a particular style may become outdated over time, there are numerous ways to update this look and make it your own. With plenty of crown moulding styles, there’s no doubt that you can find one that matches your style.

In this blog, we’ll review the different crown moulding styles and how they can add beauty to your home.

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What is Crown Moulding?

Crown moulding is a decorative trim placed on the top of an interior wall, right where the wall connects with the ceiling. This detail is used strategically to adorn the upper part of a room and gives it an expensive look. This decorative feature dates back to ancient Greece and is a broad term for any horizontal trim that forms a demarcation between the ceiling and the wall.

The great thing about crown moulding is that there are so many ways to make it unique and compliment your home perfectly. Some people have a greater appreciation for crown moulding when they walk into a room, while others pay little attention to it.

Crown moulding varies in width and can be anywhere from 1 1/2 inches to 7 1/2 inches. One thing to remember about this feature is that it can be as elaborate or as simple as you like.

Traditionally, the more elaborate types of crown moulding are seen in formal buildings.

The types of crown moulding materials typically used include:

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  • Wood – This is the most common material used and is a popular choice because it is durable and lasts longer than synthetic choices.
  • Medium Density Fibreboard (MDF) – This choice is often viewed as more favourable because it’s cheaper than wood. However, its benefits may not be worth the savings. MDF is less durable than wood, and if it isn’t installed correctly, it can begin to sag and become unsightly. It is also prone to water damage.
  • Polyurethane (PVC) A huge plus with this material is that it is waterproof and is an excellent choice for crown moulding in bathrooms or other rooms in your home that are moisture prone. This material is easy to work with and is often a good choice if you are opting for a DIY project.

Modern Crown Moulding

Like any feature that has been around for decades, there’s plenty of room to update crown moulding from traditional styles to more modern ones. You may find that considering a modern crown moulding style is a better fit for your home and allows you to be more creative. Some other styles create a subtle look while others stand out more. Choose a less intricate crown moulding design that offers a clean look.

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Concave Modern Crown Moulding

This type of decorative moulding offers clean lines and is perfect for modern decor. What makes it a great choice is that it makes the walls interesting, but not in a way that is distracting.

Matching Modern Crown Moulding

Typically, crown moulding provides a contrast between the wall and the ceiling using different colours. However, a modern approach is to match the ceiling colour with the crown moulding colour. Since this is atypical, it creates an interesting look.

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Flat Modern Crown Moulding

A flat trim is the opposite of the typical concave trim that is more traditional. A flat modern crown moulding is a combination of a flat trim on the ceiling and a second one on the wall.

Monochromatic Modern Crown Moulding

This presents another modern take on traditional crown moulding where the crown moulding and the trim along the wall provide a textured element to a room with a solid colour that stands out.

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High-Contrast Modern Crown Moulding

The opposite of the monochromatic look is a high-contrast crown moulding that forms a stark line of contrast in the room but compliments the overall style and decor. The colour chosen for the crown moulding stands out and is in complete contrast to the colours of the wall.

Art Deco and Craftsman Crown Moulding

This is a combination of two decorative elements that can come together seamlessly and create a flawless look. Art deco crown moulding and craftsman moulding offer an architectural detail to the ceiling and wall that is breathtaking and alluring.

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Extra-Large Crown Moulding

When the width of crown mouldings exceeds the typical size, it can create a marvellous detail that grabs the attention of anyone who walks into the room. This is particularly desirable in modern homes because larger crown moulding emphasizes clean lines and provides a slick look.

Glossy Finish Modern Crown Moulding

White is the most popular color for crown moulding, but you can get a little creative with your crown moulding and give it a bright colour with a high gloss finish. This is one sure way to create some excitement in the room.

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For any homeowners looking to create a modern interior for their home and wondering whether crown moulding is still relevant for today’s modern and contemporary styles – the answer is absolutely!

Get in touch with Trim Team today for more crown moulding ideas to complement your modern home.