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What Is Crown Molding?

[Updated: Jan 21, 2021 ] Apr 26, 2020 by Maurie Backman
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If you're in the market for a new home, there are different aesthetic features you may be after. For example, you might have your heart set on hardwood floors, attractive window treatments, or a certain type of stone for your bathroom and kitchen countertops. But as you establish your personal checklist, you may want to add crown molding as a must-have feature as well.

What is crown molding?

Crown molding is a design element found where your walls meet your ceilings. Crown molding doesn't have a structural function; it's generally installed for decorative purposes only. However, it can be used to cover up cracks that would otherwise detract from your home's aesthetic appeal. It can also be installed to hide wiring that may run along your ceiling line.

Types of crown molding

Crown molding can be simple or ornate. You'll often see patterns etched into crown molding, ranging from elaborate to basic -- it all depends on your personal taste.

There are different materials you or a contractor can use for crown molding. Plaster is a popular one, though it's expensive and can be tricky to install on your own. Wood is another option, but it's often costly and difficult to work with as well.

If you're going to install crown molding yourself, you may want to go with peel-and-stick molding. This type of molding is generally made of thin plastic or composite materials, and it's affordable and easy for a novice to put up. You just peel back the adhesive and stick that molding where you want it.

Keep in mind that if you go this route, you may have to repeat the process after a few years, whereas if you opt for wood or plaster and pay a contractor to craft and install it, the crown molding will likely last much longer.

Why pay for crown molding?

As stated, crown molding is an aesthetic feature you may find appealing. If you're looking for a home with more character, crown molding in your living room, family room, dining room, or den could do the trick. And if your current home doesn't have crown molding already, adding it could not only increase your property's value but make it easier to attract buyers when the time comes to sell. This especially holds true if you own a home in a development where all of the surrounding properties have pretty much the same exact features and construction; a decorative element like crown molding can make your house stand out.

Should crown molding match the ceiling?

Many homes with crown molding feature white molding that matches the paint color of the ceiling it's attached to. But that doesn't mean you have to go that route. You can play around with different shades for a more unique look or to add a splash of color if you feel your home needs it.

Though you don't need crown molding in your home, it could make it a more attractive place to live. It pays to think about installing crown molding if your home doesn't have it already. And if you're hunting for a new place to buy, you may want to put crown molding on your list of desired features.

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