Creative Ways to Use Crown Molding in your Home

Installing crown molding is an easy and effective way to alter the aesthetic of your home. These are a few creative ways to use crown molding with your interior design.

Add Crown Molding Stripes

Stripes can add instant character to your room, giving it a whimsical, unforgettable look. To achieve these stripes, you will need to install crown molding around the room at repeating intervals. Use a laser level and pencil in the stripes before applying, to ensure consistency in your measurements. Space each crown molding stripe the same distance from each other, a little less than a foot will work well but feel free to play around with distancing. Cut your molding down to size and use glue and a nail gun to secure the stripes to the wall. Putty can fill the nail holes, and you can paint over the putty to make each stripe one uniform color.


Frame Mirrors with Crown Molding

Crown molding frames can add elegance to your mirrors and integrate them into the architectural design of your room. Lay the mirrors out flat and measure around them to find the lengths for the molding frame. Using a chop saw, cut your molding to the appropriate lengths. With a table saw, cut a groove in the back of your frame to accommodate the mirror. Glue the frame of the mirror together, and once dry, insert the mirror into the frame from the back. Your grooves should match the mirror’s thickness so that the mirror sits inside the frame without jutting out the back. Hang the mirrors on your wall by the molding, attaching it with a nail gun in the same way that you would attach regular molding.

Install Panel Molding to your Walls

Panel crown molding can enrich any room in your home. Panels look best when they are chair rail height, approximately 32 inches off of the floor. First, paint the molding. Then, cut the molding down to the correct length and width. Stencil the pattern on the wall before you begin to install the molding, to make sure that your installation stays consistent. A level can help you make sure that your lines and molding are level. Using a nail gun, attach the molding to the wall, installing the top piece first, then the sides of the square or rectangle panel, and finally the bottom. Putty will fill in any holes between the crown molding and the wall, and you can use paint to cover up the putty and create a consistent look between panels.

Add Molding to a Flat Door

Whether you want to spruce up your bedroom door or your closet doors, if the surface is flat, you can install crown molding to make it stand out. Typically, thin molding looks better when adorning doors, but you should use the size of your door as a guide. If the door is very large, you may need to use a wider molding for it to look right. Designs look best when molding forms several symmetrical squares or one large rectangle. Cut your crown molding down to size, ensuring that the ends fit together snugly. Using wood glue and a nail gun, secure the molding to the door. You will want to attach the top piece of molding first, and be sure to measure and stencil a pattern on the door before you set to work. Once the new molding has been attached, paint the entire door, molding included.