Trim Series: Crown Molding

Crown molding is a relatively easy and affordable way to add character to your home. For me personally, crown molding is like adding a much needed accessory to an outfit. Sure the outfit is cute without it, but it’s perfection with that floral scarf! So I’m sharing our tips and tricks for crown molding.

Start Location Matters

Start with the wall farthest away or opposite the entry. You want the first wall to be as close to perfect as possible. Depending on length, you might have to join some pieces later on.

Layer It Up

Don’t be afraid to create your own look by layering crown molding and trim. One popular combination is baseboard and crown molding. It can also make installation easier for less than perfect corners. You can layer to create a more traditional look or to create something entirely unique.

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Choose One Style

Keep the style of crown molding the same throughout your home for consistency. There are rooms where it makes sense to alter the size though. For example, we are in the process of adding taller crown molding to our staircase, because the smaller stuff wouldn’t look proportionate to the ceiling height. The ceiling in there is significantly taller than the rest of our home.  Since the style is the same as the rest of the house, it feels natural and nobody notices the size difference.

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Cheating is Easier

The use of corner blocks eliminates coping and miter cuts. Miter cuts just take practice from our experience.

Where Corners Meet

When joining two pieces at a corner, don’t secure the last two feet of the section you are working on. This way you have some wiggle room to make adjustments. I hope that makes sense.

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Hide Imperfection

Minor imperfections can be hidden with caulk and paint. You want to get it as close to perfect as possible though to eliminate unsightly gaps. Take your time, because it makes a big difference.

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There’s More…

Crown molding is for more than just ceilings. It adds visual interest to shelves, cabinets, doors, and more. I love the character and charm it adds above our doors. Don’t be afraid to paint your crown molding and trim a contrasting color either.

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If you missed the first post in the series, click here  for baseboard tips. We hope you find this series helpful. Be sure to follow along on Instagram @lifeonharmony or subscribe.

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