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There are few cosmetic additions that can liven up a room like crown molding. Far too many people choose to leave the tops of the ceilings bare when they could be enjoying a visual and sophisticated treat that can help transform a drab room into a masterpiece.

 

The type of crown molding you choose for each room depends on four primary factors: your taste, the style of the room, size of the room and the height of the ceilings. You can`t just go and choose molding without first making a plan and doing a little research.

 

Room Style

 

Ornate crown molding is generally thought to go along with older, more Victorian homes. This is primarily because crown molding started in the grand mansions of Europe and the South. If the style in your home is more classic, you`ll probably be safe with the more ornate and larger types of crown molding. These types of molding can be curvier and have elaborate designs carved into them or at the corner joints.

 

If your choice is more modern and contemporary, you can still have crown molding, but it just has to be a little more subdued. A more modern look includes smaller molding and sharp, clean lines. An ornate and carved molding would look out of place in a more modern room.

 

Size

 

People tend to believe that they have to have the same style of molding throughout the house, but this isn`t exactly true. While the molding should be similar, you also have to account for the size of the room. A larger room is fine with any type of molding, but smaller rooms can easily be overwhelmed by large ornate designs.

 

A large molding in a small room makes it feel even more cramped and gives the illusion of less space. Instead, choose a molding that complements the size of the room. For example, if the moldings in the larger rooms have a four-tiered design, the smaller rooms can have two or three tier. You still get the same style, but there is less of it.

 

Ceiling Height

 

Older homes tended to have higher ceilings, so when it came to molding anything was fine. As time went on and people began to value space, ceiling height dropped from 10 or 12 feet to 7 or 9 feet. If the room is large, but the ceiling height is short, consider a molding that projects more across the ceiling than the side of the wall.

 

You can still have the large ornate and elaborate molding, but draw attention away from the walls and therefore, the space between the floor and the ceilings. Molding that is projected more along the ceiling will make the ceiling look higher.

 

Your Style

 

Perhaps the most important aspect of choosing crown molding is your own personal style. If you tend to be more austere, you can choose a simple, clean look for any room in the home. The same can be true for the more ornate molding. If you prefer a grander look, you can find a style that fits your taste and looks great in the room. Crown molding goes well with many styles and accents including traditional, <a href=”http://www.ironmongerydirect.co.uk/Products/Sliding_Door_Hardware“>Pocket door hardware</a>.

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