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Types of Crown Molding | Custom Home Trim Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Tue, May 22, 2012 @ 11:05 AM

Types of Crown Molding in New Homes

NC Custom Home Trim Styles

There are dozens of crown molding (moulding) styles to choose from when you build a new custom home in the Raleigh, NC area.

Below is a guide of the most common molding trim types, to help you see the differences between single piece, multi-piece, and craftsman style molding. Each of these styles come in a variety of materials.

When you build with Stanton Homes, our team can help you chose the style, color, and size that will best fit your home design. 

What is crown molding?

Crown molding is the name for the decorative trim used to transition from a wall to the ceiling.

Crown Moulding Types

Types of Crown Molding



 - One piece crown: the most basic type of crown molding comes as a single piece, and is usually made of MDF (medium density fiberboard).  One piece crown is used for trey ceiling accents.


 - Two piece crown: a intricate type of crown molding uses two pieces, one upside down piece of baseboard with a crown piece placed on top.

Depending on the look and feel you wish to achieve, various rooms may use different types of crown molding.

For example, a formal dining room might use a 3-piece crown or one piece crown on various levels of a trey ceiling, while the rest of the home uses a 2-piece crown.


 - Two piece traditional crown: consists of two pieces of molding, with a painted space in between.

Crown molding usually accents just a few rooms of the home, especially the Formal Dining and the Master Bedroom.  Many custom homes also include crown molding in other living areas.

Most home buyers choose to NOT include crown molding or specialty trim in secondary bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other less "visible" rooms of the home.




 - Craftsman molding

A premium craftsman style crown molding treatment can use up to 13 individual pieces of trim around window and door wraps.

This first example of craftsman molding shows the detail work above a door.

Types of Crown Moulding | Craftsman Style Moulding

Here is another example of craftsman style crown molding - above a double window and the entrance to a home office.

This custom home photo is from a version of the Carwile.

Types of Crown Moulding


 - Three, four, and five piece crown: are usually seen only in luxury homes. These styles use more materials, more labor, and are more costly.

Some of the most expensive crown molding style options include the use of Stain Grade Pine or Oak.

These hardwoods can be stained, with the original wood grain showing through, but the price tag on this once more common treatment can be prohibitive today.

Most home buyers choose to paint the crown molding instead. A deep accent trim can be achieved by choosing just the right trim color - crown molding doesn't have to be white! 

There are many more types of interior crown molding - but these are the most popular treatments in the Raleigh custom home market today.

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