Q: What are some things we need to know before installing crown molding in our dining room?
A: Crown molding is a subtle way to add elegance, texture and dimension to any room. You can use crown molding to trim walls, fireplaces, baseboards and so much more. Its versatility is a key reason that architects have used crown molding to trim rooms for generations. Molding creates depth, adds visual interest and has a very traditional, stately look.
Wood is the most popular material used to construct crown molding. It’s affordable and can be purchased stock from manufacturers in a variety of styles and wood types. Although it’s the standard material, not all crown molding is constructed from wood. It can be made from other materials such as:
After the molding has been installed, you can embellish the look with a finish such as a stain or paint. The molding can either match your walls or contrast them: depending on the look you want to create. And you don’t have to use the same crown molding throughout your entire home. You can create a palette with different moldings that correlate with each other to create a cohesive, yet varied look.
Analyze the humidity levels, available space and ceiling heights to determine what type of crown molding is right for your dining room.