Create a new look in a room by installing crown molding to bridge the gap between walls and ceiling. It's easier than you think!
You don't have to move walls to create a new look for a room. Thankfully, you can dramatically alter your decor by working with much more manageable details: moldings and trim. Along with paint color and window treatments, moldings are a simple way to add style and definition to any room. Crown molding in particular bridges the junction between walls and ceiling, a prominent location where the architectural accent can shine. Our directions show you how to install crown molding in just a few easy steps.
Before You Begin: Choose the Right Molding
Home centers offer a variety of premilled molding materials. For the traditionalist, or if you plan to stain the trim, solid-wood trim available in many species is the best choice, albeit a more expensive one. If paint will cover your molding, consider finger-jointed wood, wood composite, or urethane trims to lower costs.
Urethane molding trim offers additional flexibility: it is lighter weight, can be installed with just construction adhesive, and generally allows you to use heftier profiles.
Custom milling can be done by local woodworking shops, but going this route will add quite a bit to your costs, especially if the shop has to custom-design a cutting blade for the profile you want.
Think ornate and layered for more formal or traditional looks; contemporary styles are best achieved with fewer, simpler profiles.