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Published: 02/28/2018 by Home Pros Guide


Whether installed to conceal cracks or an inferior taping job, or purely for aesthetics, crown molding brings elegance and personality to your space. The crowning adds architectural character while producing a visual separation between the walls and the ceiling.


You can find crown molding manufactured from a variety of materials. Each has its pros and cons.

• Wood crown molding. You can choose from a variety of hardwoods, including pine, ash, oak, and walnut. Simple wood crown prices goes up depending on size and ornaments.

• Medium-density fiberboard (MDF) molding. Produced by combining sawdust and resin under pressure to form trim pieces, is a less-expensive option. A lot of MDF molding is meant to be painted, but you can find a few stock designs that come with a thin veneer that’s suitable for staining. The downside to MDF is softer, which makes it prone to nicks and scratches.

• PVC and polyurethane moldings. They hold up well in bathrooms and other high-humidity areas where wood tends to warp. Molded and extruded, these moldings are lightweight and easy to cut, but design choice is limited.

• Polystyrene molding is budget-friendly and a snap to cut and install with foam-safe adhesive. Two or three coats of quality paint will help smooth out the surface texture.

• Plaster crown molding is best suited for large elaborate designs on high ceilings, such as two-story entryways, where it commands attention and creates a strong visual impact. Plaster crown is pricey plus it requires professional installation.

Consider Design Carefully

While nearly all rooms can benefit from a crown molding upgrade, those with high ceilings are especially suited because the molding creates a visually unifying effect that makes the ceiling feel more like a part of the overall design.

When shopping for crown molding, consider the vibe of the room it will enhance. To achieve visual balance, select crown molding similar in size and style to other trim in the room, such as baseboard molding, window trim, and cabinet trim. Use the same discerning eye when deciding between painted or stained crown. If the door, window, and base trim are all painted, a stained wood crown molding probably wouldn’t suit the space.