Considering to add a little fairylike to your rooms? Call in the sorcerer — crown molding can make rooms seem taller, smaller, and swankier. It’ll evaporate the seam where walls meet ceilings, put an outcry point on cabinets and built-ins, and disguise your remodeling secrets.
The Ultimate Bit
Crown molding is a optical treat that adds a touch of stylishness. Crown moldings made of wood come in hundreds of shapes and can be stained, painted, or left natural. Because wood tends to enlarge and contract with changes in humidity, use supple caulk at joints and seams. Cost: $1.50 to $45 per foot.
Crown The Coolest
Not all crown moldings glance like they came from Rome; these techno up plaster moldings are totally modern. In rooms with ceilings 7 feet high or less, the upper percentage of your crown molding (along the ceiling) should be longer than the bottom (along the wall). Routine plaster moldings and trims cost $25-$50 per running foot; installation requires knowledge.
The Triple Crown Exists
The 3-piece crown molding on this upper kitchen cabinet counterparts the classic Shaker style theme of the door casing. It’s an easy DIY project featuring a slim piece of simple trim and a plain flat board topped with a 2-inch-wide piece of fluted crown. You’ll spend about $15 per cabinet.
The Fantastic Lights
Lighted crown moldings add a forgiving, ambient radiance and are sure-fire chat starters. The two-piece arrangement has lights in the drop molding that project expanding, illuminating the upper piece. Cost for a 12-by-12-foot room is about $800, installed.
A Better Turn
Got a room with a bend? That’s no difficulty for bendable polyurethane crown molding that’ll follow to just about any shape. It’s lightweight, and takes paints and stains. An 8-foot-long piece is $15-$30.
Rock And Heavy Metal Not So Much
Complete for use with stamped metal ceiling boards, crown molding made of tin or aluminum is frivolous and easy to cut. Pre-formed corners remove the need for compound miters, so a handy DIYer can tackle installation. Metal crown molding comes pre-finished, or can be primed and painted to match your decor. Cost: $1-$5 per lineal foot.