Crown Moldings, Casings, & Baseboards

Crown moldings, casings, and baseboards may have been tossed away as a thing of the past, but the newest designs are bringing them back. Adding these details to a room makes the space less boxy, while highlighting or altering the shape. Plain or awkwardly shaped rooms can be accentuated through well-chosen molding. If you’re at a loss as to what you should use, here’s a few tips to guide you!

Baseboards provide a visual foundation for your room. The most intricate designs are usually reserved for the formal rooms downstairs. However, with the new design norm of mixing and matching, the choice is up to you. Designers suggest going with baseboards as tall as 8-10 inches for a truly dramatic look.

Casings serve as a frame around doorless openings between rooms. Practically, they protect the edges from scratches, but most use castings as an opportunity to add elegance. The castings also smooth the transitions between rooms without interrupting the flow. When choosing a design, be sure to go bold. Flat moldings can often look cheap.

Crown moldings serve as the perfect finishing touches for a well-styled room. The molding is an architectural addition that draws the eye upward, a trait particularly helpful for small rooms.

The style you chose for your crown molding determines how it will shape your room. Simple beaded moldings or bump out moldings are best for low-ceiling rooms, while angled crowns help regulate odd shaped rooms.

Whichever you choose, just remember that the goal of moldings is to add that final design flourish onto your space.

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