crown moulding/base moulding size rule of thumb

melanieschampierMarch 22, 2007

We live in a newer house with piddly little base moulding, colonial style - approx 2 inches - is there a rule of thumb for the size of crown moulding you can put up in the room - the ceilings are 9 ft tall

thanks for your help!!!!

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eal51

Base board moulding is usually 3.5 to 4.5 inches. The 2.5 is used for windows and doors.

Crown moulding runs from 4 to 6 inches.

Due a test in your house. Go to your local HD or Lowe's and pick up small sections of base board and crown moulding. Usually in the discard bin.

Do a mock up to see what works for you.

Enjoy the journey.

eal51 in western CT

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 6:41AM
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ron6519

The size of the molding is also contingent on the house style, room size and it's age.
I have a 1949 colonial with 8 " base molding with a shoe molding at the bottom. Ceiling only has a picture hanging molding(1 1/2"), no crown. New kitchen addition will have a 4 5/8" maple crown with a rope insert.
You want the crown molding to be proportional to the room.
Ron

    Bookmark   March 23, 2007 at 9:38AM
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