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Friday, March 11, 2016

What type crown molding with a coffered or tray ceiling?

Does a room with a coffered ceiling need crown moldings? Do crown molding have to be the same in every room? These are good questions! It's often hard for clients to visualize what size molding and where to stop moldings, since the builder asks you to sign off on them early in the remodeling or new construction process. 

As long as the transition works well, moldings can vary in size. You'll notice two story normally have very deep crown moldings. Adjacent rooms with lower ceilings have smaller trim so it doesn't overpower the room. 

In this new construction project,  we suggested the client omit the crown molding in this particular room, (left) for 3 reasons. They were thrilled with the end result!
  • There would not be enough room for drapery rods, and if you prefer functioning rods that open and close, this would really be an issue. 
  • It allowed more in the budget for deeper moldings on the coffered ceilings. Notice the nice substantial size of the coffer ceiling moldings!
  • It would have lowered the look of ceiling height, since it would've been below the coffered ceiling. Taller ceilings make a room look larger, so anytime you can trick the eye it's a good thing to make the ceilings feel taller. 

                 AFTER above     

Crown moldings were used in this room, but not in the room on the left
Below, another place we omitted crown molding, for the same 3 reasons as above. 

When a home is in the "stud stage" before sheet rock, it can be hard to visualize. Check out photos on our Houzz site to see the moldings used on all the adjacent rooms for this Greensboro, NC new construction project.

A tray ceiling, or coffer ceiling, or window height can all affect your decision regarding which size and type crown molding is best. In any case, molding sizes don't have to be the same in every room. There are often clever ways to transition from one room to the next.

1 comment:

James Randall said...

You just saved me from lots of hours talking to my Builder about my molding. I did not want heavy formal crown molding in my home. Great photos!