Sherry Tyra: Crown Moldings made popular by the Greeks and Romans add a touch of elegance and a sense of completion to any room. I'm going to share some tips that will help you choose the best crown molding.
There are many styles of Crown Moldings out in the market today, from extremely simple to highly ornate. Consider your budget and the amount of time you want to invest in installation.
If you have a small, room crown molding can create a visual separation between the walls and the ceilings, and can give the illusion that a room is taller. The taller the walls the larger and more decorative molding you can use.
For lower ceilings keep the crown molding simple. Try to keep the molding consistent throughout the entire house for uniform look. Wood moldings are usually found an older home, so if you're replacing or matching old moldings wood is probably the way you want to go.
Solid unprimed wood is the most expensive type of crown and often comes unstained requiring the most time effort and money, but there are alternatives. MDF or Medium Density Fiberboard is a popular manufactured wood product, and it is less expensive than real wood, and most often comes preprimed. You can also find Crown Moldings which are made from vinyl or polyurethane.
Extremely light weight and easy to install, they're paintable and stainable as well. Installing moldings can be tricky and frustrating if you've never done it before. Look to your local home improvement store for classes and workshops or hire a professional. Crown Moldings will improve the look of any home and add value to your house when it's time to sell. Keep these tips in mind to insure you have an interior you love to live in.