Types of Crown Molding

Types of Crown Molding

Types of Crown Molding

With numerous combinations of material, design styles, and sizes available, it is important to know the basics of each before you install crown molding . Using these combinations, molding can be tailored to complement any room, or match previously installed molding.


Crown molding is made from several materials to suit personal preference, look, and budget. In addition to polyurethane, polystyrene and PVC, crown molding can be separated into three primary categories – Wood, MDF and Plaster.


Wood is the go-to material for homeowners looking to install crown molding. Its natural appearance and relatively low price make this type of molding a safe choice.


  • If you're going for a particular color and wish to paint your crown molding, woods like pine and poplar are your best bet.


  • For exposed wood, cherry, maple and oak have no substitute with rich color and clearly visible grains.


MDF, or medium density fiberboard, is flexible, paintable and in some cases, less expensive than traditional wood crown molding.


Plaster crown molding is by far the most elegant addition to a room. There is no limit to the amount of profiles available since every plaster molding is custom made. For that same reason, it is also the most expensive option.

Design Styles

Before you install crown molding, you should be aware of the numerous design styles, or profiles, available. These designs can feature convex and concave curves, "s" shaped curves and combinations of geometric or unique shapes.


The size of the crown molding, or the drop, refers to the distance from the ceiling to the bottom of the molding. The ideal drop depends largely on the height of the wall, with drop heights increasing as the height of the wall increases.

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