Decorative Crown Molding

by J on November 23, 2010

Crown molding is an ancient decorator’s tool that is still going strong today. It doesn’t matter whether your house is large or small; grandiose or simple; crown molding can tie a room together with its elegance in a choice of styles that will match any décor.

If your home doesn’t have crown molding, this home improvement project can definitely take your room up a notch. Today’s crown molding is available in a range of materials. Let’s look at what some of your options are.

  • Wood. This is a classic for crown molding. You can choose from paint-grade wood molding and stain-grade wood molding. The prices range from $1 to over $10 per linear foot.
  • Plaster. Plaster crown molding is made to order in 6-foot lengths. This type of molding is easily customizable, but the price also reflects that. The price ranges from $5 to $30 per linear foot. This type of molding can be tricky to work with, so you may obtain the best results by having a home remodeling expert install it for you. Plaster crown molding will need to be painted.
  • Plastercovered foam. Unlike plaster, this type of crown molding is easy to work with. It comes in 8-foot lengths and is made from extruded polystyrene, which is then covered with fiberglass and a layer of acrylic plaster. The cost is from $1.80 to $7.75 per linear foot. It also needs to be painted.
  • Polyurethane foam. Polyurethane crown molding is also easy to work with and comes in 8- and 12-foot lengths. It has a wide range of price points from $3.75 to about $45 per linear foot.
  • Flexible polyurethane. This comes in 8- to 12-foot lengths and is available in a painted or stained-like finish. The price ranges from $1 to $17 per linear foot. You can cut this molding like you can wood, but it’s quite a bit heavier than wood is.

Once you have decided upon the type of material you want to use for your crown molding, you need to decide upon a style. Take your cue from the style of your home.

If you have a colonial style of home, look for wood crown molding in a simple profile. A Victorian home will benefit from a fancy crown molding, complete with big, bold details. Today’s contemporary homes will look just right with simple, thin strips of crown molding.

If in doubt as to the material and style you should choose, contact a local general contractor, who will be able to help you pick a crown molding that will complement both your home and your style. Before you know it, your home will have that finished, polished look of distinction.

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