Types of Crown Moulding


Placed in the transition point between a wall and ceiling, crown molding adds style and texture to interior decor while also drawing the eye upward, which can help make the ceilings in a room seem higher.


  • Crown molding, usually sold in straight pieces, comes in a variety of materials, including solid wood, plaster, polystyrene, PVC and polyurethane.

Solid Wood

  • The most popular type of crown molding, solid wood moldings, are crafted from many kinds of wood such as mahogany and oak. Because of the high demand for wood moldings, they are usually stocked in large quantities at stores.


  • Considered the most elegant of crown moldings, plaster moldings are also the priciest. This type of molding is custom-made, allowing for the replication of intricate and distinctive patterns.


  • Resembling the same texture as a Styrofoam cup, polystyrene molding is composed of inexpensive plastic. Because of the unfinished texture of polystyrene, it looks best when painted.


  • PVC molding is impervious to moisture, making it a good choice for rooms where humidity and moisture are present. Split and chip-resistant, PVC molding should be painted for a finished look.


  • Fairly inexpensive, polyurethane crown molding is easier to install than wood molding. Usually plentiful in stock supplies, polyurethane molding resists cracks, and is rot and insect repellent.

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