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Should I Install Crown Moldings during my Remodeling?

Posted by Daniel Mizrahi on Saturday, February 17, 2018

If you are remodeling a part of your home, it’s a great time to add some extra details that increase the attractiveness and value of the house. But where should they go? Should you put crown moldings in every room? What kind of moldings should you get? Do they really increase the resale value of your house?

There are a lot of questions regarding crown moldings, so we’ll take a minute to answer them one at a time.


Should I Get Crown Moldings in Every Room?

Crown moldings are not an all-or-nothing item. It is fine to have them in some parts of the house and not in others, especially if there is a variety in the styles of your rooms.


If you want to install crown moldings, the living room is one of the best candidates in most cases. If you have a formal dining room, crown moldings are almost a must. They are also great in a foyer and main hallway. Finally, the master bedroom is an excellent place for crown moldings.

The kitchen is one of the few finished rooms of a house where crown molding is more debatable. It really depends on your cabinets and the style of the kitchen. If you have crown on the top edge of the cabinets, you probably don’t want it on the ceiling. Likewise, if your cabinets reach up to the ceiling, crown molding is not likely to work well. If you are not sure, ask a decorator or remodeling company what they would recommend for your kitchen.


Another situation where crown molding is more debatable is in rooms with a vaulted or cathedral ceiling. In most cases, designers would not elect to put crown molding in these types of rooms.

Finally, an informal space such as a laundry room or a mancave is not as likely to get crown molding, though powder rooms and bathrooms definitely could.

Will Crown Moldings Increase the Value of my House?

Crown moldings are a good option for increasing the value of your home, but you need to make sure you put in the investment of doing them well. Installing the cheapest crown you can find at the nearest big-box store will not do much to improve the look or value of the home. However, if you choose a quality molding and have it installed by a skilled professional, this will really catch the eye of a realtor and potential homebuyer.

Will Crown Moldings Work in my Home Style?

Not every style of home is ideal for crown moldings, so it would be a good idea to speak with a design expert or a remodeling company if you are in doubt. Also, you can browse photos online to look for homes similar to your own, and see how (or if) they use crown moldings to good effect. Houzz and Pinterest are great places to do this.

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If you are considering a home remodel of any kind, Open Hand Remodeling would love to serve you. We can do small jobs like a bath remodel, mid-size jobs like kitchen remodeling, or even major projects like a whole-home remodel or an addition. An integral part of our remodeling services is our design expertise. We can help you with each decision, weighing the questions like whether to use crown molding, and where to put it.

Based in Pasadena, Open Hand Remodeling serves West Hollywood, Burbank, Beverly Hills, Santa Monica, Brentwood, and the greater Los Angeles region. 

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