Picking the Right Crown Molding for Your Room

Crown molding is decorative trim that can accent any room in your home. It is placed at the top of your wall where it meets the ceiling and adds a visual aesthetic to your home.

Things to Consider:

  • Wall Height& Width

When determining what size of crown molding, take your wall height into consideration before anything. Low ceilings are best with a 3-inch wide crown molding. You don’t want to dwarf the room height by adding a thick layer at the top! For a medium-size wall, (usually between 9-10 feet,) we suggest going with molding that is about 4 to 6 inches. Lastly, for super high ceilings, (11 feet and higher,) you can go as large as you would like, up to 7 inches or wider. You can even combine pieces for a fun, unique look.

  • Profile

By profile, we mean how the crown molding looks from the cut end. You can choose any type of profile, from simple and clean to ornate and modern.

  • Uniformity

We recommend using the same crown molding throughout your entire house, to create a uniform look.

  • Color

The beauty of molding is that it can be the same color as your walls or it can be a slightly different shade to add a more dramatic look. If you are placing it in your home, just keep in mind the colors of the walls and try to compliment them. 

Different Types of Crown Molding:

There are four major types of crown molding material: wood, plaster, medium-density fiberboard and polyurethane.

  1. Wood:

By far the most popular option for crown molding, wood is great because it can come in all different shapes, colors and finishes.  It also provides a variety of profiles. You can get pine, oak, maple, mahogany, cedar and hemlock molding that can be painted, or it can be left in its naturally beautiful state, with just a finish. The only issue wood crown molding can have is that it can be influenced and changed by humidity and temperature fluctuations.

  1. Medium-Density Fiberboard (MDF):

MDF is made up of sawdust fibers and resin and is a little bit cheaper than wood molding. It can even be treated with veneer to have the look of wood or be painted.

  1. Polyurethane

Unlike wood, polyurethane is much less susceptible to the elements, and it therefore has more longevity in your home. It is better for home locations with extreme temperature or humidity swings. However, it can only be painted.

  1. Plaster

Finally, plaster is a prime crown molding option used with plaster walls. The only drawback of plaster is that it comes with a high price tag, although it can be incredibly beautiful and unique in your home.


Tell Projects can help you pick the right crown molding for any and every room in your home. We have a great team of home improvement professionals who can give you a free estimate on any project big or small! Call us at (832) 730-2471 to talk about your home renovation project today!


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