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20 Crown Molding Ideas

From traditional to contemporary, there's a crown molding profile to fit your style.

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Photo: John McClain. From: John McClain Design.

Crown Molding: Cue the Character

The architectural finishing touch to any room, crown molding serves both a decorative and functional purpose.

Whether you lean toward classic millwork reminiscent of the ancient Greeks and Romans or want a more modern and minimal profile, these designer rooms prove that no room is complete without crown molding's finishing touch.

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Photo: Diana Liang. From: Design Bar Detroit.

Cap Your Kitchen Cabinets

Adding a sophisticated finish to any kitchen, crown molding along the top of kitchen cabinets creates an easy transition that blends the cabinets to the ceiling. In this designer cook space, illuminated glass-fronts add dimension and brightness to the traditional upper cabinets. Instead of taking the cabinets all the way to the ceiling, a classic cavetto (or quarter-circle) crown molding gives the kitchen a more polished and timeless look.

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Photo: Andrea Swan, Scott Amundson Photography. From: Andrea Swan.

Merge Classic With Contemporary

Embracing the history and refinement of the 18th century, classic Colonial crown molding uses a mix of curved and straight lines to deliver symmetrical scale and a timeless aesthetic. Even if the structure of your room takes its design cues firmly from the past with traditional trim work and historic shades, like Wedgwood blue, the overall look can still feel totally of-the-moment with an eclectic mix of furniture and accessories.

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Photo: Scott Amundson Photography. From: Andrea Swan.

Modernize With Timeless Appeal

Colonial Revival is a refreshed interpretation of classic Colonial-style trim that adds a distinctly American flair to the venerable style. In this hallway, picture molding drops down from the crown to visually elongate the trim and draw the eye up to the impressive crown.

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