Crown Molding

JuanT81October 4, 2012

We are currently building a new home and the builder is throwing in crown molding everywhere in the house. Downstairs, Upstairs, Study, Secondary bathrooms, everywhere. I always thought of crown molding as an upgrade feature so we were happy they were putting crown molding everywhere.

But now my wife is having second thoughts about crown molding in the secondary bathrooms. She is of the opinion that crown molding should only be in formal areas. I know it's a matter of preference but just wanted to see what everyone here thought of this situation.

Crown molding everywhere? or just in the formal areas. What would you do.

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Sorry I meant to say

"But now my wife is having second thoughts about crown molding in the secondary bedrooms*."

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:03PM
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I would think that if the hallways have crown, the bedrooms should probably have it, too. Sounds nice, finished and balanced.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:31PM
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Definitely go for it. Just be sure the size of the crown is matched by the height of the ceiling and size of room. Large crown molding in a small powder room with a 8' ceiling is overwhelming.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:53PM
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I've seen folks accent bedrooms with a different crown profile from the rest of the house. You could consider that.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 12:57PM
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It depends on the style of your house.

I'd love to NOT have any CM, especially in the LR, as I want that retro-modern look but not having CM wouldn't be appropriate in our house, kwim?

There are plenty of houses on GW and Houzz that have no CM whatsoever and they look great IMO.

But it all depends.

But I am not an interior designer. :-)

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 2:09PM
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Annie Deighnaugh

We put crown molding everywhere, but in the private spaces, we used one less pieces so it's not as beefy as in the public areas. Bathrooms deserve the same respect as the rest of the house.

    Bookmark   October 4, 2012 at 8:21PM
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There's no real right or wrong if she's worried about it being appropriate or not.

As has been mentioned, it's more about keeping what trim you install compatible with the overall style of your house, and keeping it in scale with the room. Economy comes into play as well.

My house is trim overload. While the house itself is colonial in style, my kids bedrooms both have wainscoting and crown. My son's room trends away from colonial, but it's what he wanted in his space.

My daughter's room, especially with her platform bed, probably has more raised panels than some houses, lol. So good and bad.

There is a builder around here that is installing crown simply so they can cover their always wavy wall-ceiling drywall corners. Some use crown to hide truss lift.

So crown can be decorative. Or it can be functional. Or both.

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 8:54AM
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What size crown moulding as they make a 2 1/2" sprung or hollow back crown that is commonly used as a ceiling moulding or several sizes of solid crown which he may also be referring to?

    Bookmark   October 5, 2012 at 10:02AM
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I think it is a matter of taste and your house style. I put crown molding in all my bedrooms as I have a colonial and I feel it goes with wallpaper and a cozy look. I used a simple colonial 2 1/2 inch. I have none in my upstairs bathrooms as my tile goes to the ceiling. In my main floor I have a modern living room and dining room and crown molding would have looked odd, so I have nothing. However, in my hallways, I have a very simple but wide crown molding. I have a rather ornate crown in my family room and none in my kitchen as it too is modern. I do believe the mix blends. Contractors like it as it hides uneven corners and you don't have to paint in as exacting a way. So, just do what you like and make sure the crown and baseboard is your taste.

    Bookmark   October 7, 2012 at 7:03PM
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Crown was classically put in 'public rooms' (LR, DR. foyer, siting room)and omitted from bedrooms and 'non-public' rooms to save cost.

Wood crown was shaped by had using molding planes.

Plaster crown was 'run in place' and left either plain of embellished with cast (or even carved in place) details 'after the fact.'

You can do what your desire and wallet can sustain.

    Bookmark   October 9, 2012 at 8:49AM
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