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May 10th

Complete Your Space with Crown Molding

Traditional crown molding defines a room.

We are big fans of crown molding at Tracy Lynn Studio. Crown molding defines a room, setting off wallpaper and wall color. Not only do I suggest it for a room’s ceiling, I also like to design larger baseboards for where walls meet the floor, which gives the room a finished touch.

Some people think their ceilings are too low for crown molding. In fact, a molding that fits partially at the top of the wall and projects onto the ceiling can create an illusion of height. It also gives a sense of elegance to a smaller space.

Crown molding doesn’t always have to be white, and it doesn’t have to be the same in every room. For example, if your windows are trimmed in dark wood, you wouldn’t want to use white molding along the ceiling. Instead, choose a molding that complements existing woodwork, such as a fireplace surround, wood floor or stair banisters.

A dark-stained crown molding complements this room's wood floors.

You can use decorative molding in other ways too. It can be extended across your ceiling to create a really dramatic effect. Or it can be placed on walls as wainscoting. We also create “pillars” from molding and attach them to wall corners, which further delineates the space. Patterns on walls — different shapes and sizes of rectangles, for instance — are another interesting way to use this molding. Even window cornices and ceiling medallions can be created from molding.

The key to success is crown molding installation, which involves intricate miter cuts. Because of its linear nature, crown molding must be crafted and mounted perfectly or it detracts from the room’s appearance. We have the best molding installer — Tim Larkin of T.F. Larkin does impeccable work for us.

If we can advise you on decorative molding for your home, or with any of your design needs, please contact us.