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3 Misconceptions About Crown or Baseboard Molding

Published: 04/16/2018 05:37:00 PM

When most people think of ceiling crown molding or baseboard molding styles they conjure up visions of elaborate, white woodwork adorning the walls in lavish designer mansions or classic historical homes. Yes, there are ornate styles that lend for these extravagant domiciles. However, various moldings boast simple designs, thus, enhancing the casual atmosphere many average homeowners seek. Whether it be elaborately intricate crown molding or a style a bit more subdued, there are three misconceptions about crown molding we feel the need to address before you upgrade your space.

My Ceilings are too Low

Not every home is blessed with vaulted or ten-foot-high ceilings. It is common for a ceiling to be more in the eight-feet range. The idea of installing ceiling crown molding can have a homeowner wary of creating a “closed in” feeling with the room. This misconception could not be further from the truth. Adding crown molding between the walls and the ceiling will produce an optical illusion, making ceilings appear taller.

Wood Moldings are Superior to Polystyrene

Another myth busted. When it comes to baseboard molding stylesbaseboard molding styles or crown molding, polystyrene has a multitude of advantages over wood trim. The composition of polystyrene foam makes it resistant to moisture damage, which is ideal for areas prone to dampness. Wood trim, on the other hand, has the tendency to warp, expand, contract and even crack when moisture is present. In addition to its durability, polystyrene molding is lightweight making it easier to install and is more affordable than its wood counterpart.

Moldings Must Always be White

The simple answer to this belief is obvious, no. Moldings do not have to be white. Polystyrene trim can be painted or stained to match other moldings in your home or given a different shade to accent its surrounding colors. Moldings are even primed and ready for whatever color treatment you wish to apply.

Don’t let any misconceptions about ceiling crown molding and baseboard molding styles prevent you from working with them. They can add character and value to your home with very little investment and time. With all the facts in, we here at Classic Ceilings are ready to help you find the perfect options for your home. For further information or inquiries please contact Classic Ceilings at 800.992.8700 or visit