Last modified: 2019-03-13 | Approximate reading time 5 mins
Crown moulding has been a decorative staple dating as far back as ancient Greece. This is likely due to the fact that they understood how much it can help liven up a space. The name refers to a family of mouldings which are aesthetically designed to shape and accentuate the top edge where the ceiling meets the wall.
Moulding has always been a popular way to highlight the transition between wall and ceiling on interior walls because it tends to add a lot of visual detail and depth to a room. In fact, crown moulding is so versatile that it alone can transform the atmosphere in the drabbest of rooms!
Crown mouldings are made of three main parts. First, you have the baseboard which rests flush against the wall as a backing. The next part is the bed moulding upon which the crown moulding rests. Lastly, you have the decorative crown moulding itself. For all intents and purposes, all three parts together are generally referred to as the crown. It is also important to note that crown moulding is most often measured by the linear foot.
When choosing your crown, it is essential to have a proper budget set out. This is because the price can fluctuate considerably when choosing between stock and custom options. Stock crowns are available in multiple materials from pine to foam and even flexible polyurethane. Custom crowns will naturally cost more because ultimately it should match the existing wall profile and this will easily double the cost and take as many as six weeks to construct. Therefore, if your budget allows for a custom crown moulding you should account for the length of time it takes to choose and have it produced.
One of the great aspects of a crown moulding's beauty is that it is available in a plethora of materials and finishes to match any style.
As with other decorative trimmings, you should always try to match the moulding with the setup of the room. Carefully consider the layout, furniture style, colours and all around vibe in order to pair the right moulding. Although moulding can look great in any room, it really enhances spaces with high ceilings. A great rule of thumb guideline, go for visual balance and try to keep the moulding choices in harmony by using other trims within the space as a gauge.
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Making sure you choose the correct size for your crown moulding is one of the most crucial steps since you’re installing it to enhance the room. Use the crown's drop (measured from the ceiling to the lower edge of the crown) as an indicator of appropriate size.
A rule of thumb when measuring for moulding is to measure the perimeter of the room and then to add roughly 10 to 15 percent in case mistakes are made when laying down the crown. If the room you are working in is particularly large or has lots of cornered edges, you should aim to add 20% to be safe.
Installing crown moulding in your house will immediately change the atmosphere while adding more visual depth. If your budget allows for it why not splurge on crown moulding with intricately milled designs? It's sure to garner compliments from guests and should you ever wish to sell it will definitely catch the eye of prospective buyers. In any case, installing moulding is a significant decision that will remain for quite some time so we recommend taking as much time as possible determining which room(s) you’ll want to do. While some moulding materials can be installed on your own, for jobs of this nature we always suggest you hire a licensed professional contractor.
|Types of mouldings||Average price|
approximately $4/square foot
$8/ linear foot
Exotic wood mouldings (e.g.. walnut) :
$20/ linear foot
$10/ linear foot
$5/ linear foot
*Please note that prices above are an estimation and do not reflect the added cost of labour.
To find out about the average prices of different home renovation projects, check out our Home renovation price guide.
Author: David Ben-Zaken
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