There’s a simple, inexpensive way to transform a room and make it look like you’ve spent thousands of dollars doing it. It adds an instant wow factor and is an easy way to improve your home’s style and look.

It’s crown moulding, and it’s a trick of the eye architects have been using for years to add elegance and beauty to any room.

By bridging the gap between ceiling and wall, reflecting light, adding dimension, and creating visual interest, crown moulding instantly adds aesthetic value and arguably, financial value, to your home.

Here are some tips to using crown moulding to its most beneficial:

  • Don’t assume crown moulding should be avoided in rooms with low ceilings; in fact, using mouldings that project further than the wall can provide an optical illusion that makes ceilings appear taller than they actually are. For rooms that are vertically challenged, you can use crown moulding to give modest spaces a sense of grandeur. ?
  • Remember, all of the crown mouldings in your home do not need to be the same style. Different styles of crown moulding (and there are hundreds of them, from simple to extremely ornate) may more appropriately suit some rooms but not others; you should take advantage of these options to maximize their aesthetic potential in each particular room. However, it is important to consistently use the same crown moulding size around your home to maintain consistent dimensions and visual proportions.
  • Installing crown moulding yourself is a tricky task but it can be done. There’s a lot of geometry involved, and you’ll need a nail gun and a miter saw. Follow the “measure thrice, cut once” rule to limit waste.
  • Crown moulding, usually sold in straight pieces, comes in a variety of materials, including solid wood, plaster, polystyrene, PVC and polyurethane.
  • Don’t be fooled by the notion that wood crown mouldings are better than polyurethane. The advantage of using crown mouldings made of polyurethane is that they are not affected by changes in climate or humidity. Wood crown mouldings, however, are subject to expanding, contracting, cracking, and warping in environments with variable temperatures, like our Canadian conditions.
  • Crown is the most popular type of cornice moulding and there are many different classic styles, such as cartouche, dentil, egg and dart and gulloche. With so many styles and shapes of moulding available today, it’s easy to create a one-of-a-kind look for your home.