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Upscale your Home

Crown moldings are one of the architectural features that can really add value to your home. They create a visual presence that can make a home feel more upscale. Done well, they instantly say this home is well-crafted and solid. Unless you are lucky enough to live in an older home beautifully appointed with lovely crown moldings, you may find yourself feeling like your home is lacking in architectural details that give it distinction.

Have you been wondering if crown molding could work in your house? Are you worried that your ceilings are too low to use it? And what are the different types available? Have I got some tips for you!

Consider the Home Style & Ceiling Height

This molding works because of the overall scale of the bathroom is high. They chose crown molding in a very simple profile, free of any pattern or ornamentation, to fit the space. If you have a very contemporary house or a mid-century modern California ranch-style home, crown molding of any kind may look completely out of place.

If you love ornate molding in a traditional home, but also like contemporary style, consider keeping your furnishings simple with clean lines and very little pattern. The architecture will stand out while still giving you a space that feels serene.

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Types of Crown Molding

A crown molding’s “type” refers to its material. There are several basic types, the most common of which are wood, medium-density fiberboard (MDF), polyurethane, and plaster.


This is the most popular material for crown molding. There is a range of wood species available, including mahogany, cherry, and alder. Wood crown molding comes in a variety of styles, and it can be clear-coated, stained, veneered, or painted, depending on the species. Wood is often sensitive to changes in temperature and humidity, which often leads to expansion, shrinking or cracking.

Medium- Density Fiberboard (MDF)

This is a composite of sawdust fibers and resin. MDF crown molding comes in a range of profiles. It is excellent as a painted trim, but also comes with wood veneer for those looking for a wood finish. It is less expensive than traditional wood crown molding and less susceptible to shrinking, expanding, and cracking than wood. Of course, the thickness of the wood is what establishes its quality.


Polyurethane crown molding has several advantages over wood that may make it a more desirable choice if a natural look is not important to the home owner. New polymer technology has been applied to polyurethane crown molding manufacturing, making it high-density and stress resistant. In addition, polyurethane does not scratch and does not attract termites or other insects. The disadvantages of polyurethane crown molding are that it is only available painted and that it dents easily.


Plaster molding is a beautiful and durable addition to your home since plaster holds its form regardless of changes in humidity and temperature. Plaster crown molding is custom-made, and therefore must be installed by a professional. Used with plaster walls, this molding allows for the creation of unique, sculpted profiles.

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