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Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Aug 28, 2015 @ 11:08 AM

Crown Moulding and Trim Ideas:

Trim, moulding, and wall panels can transform the look and feel of any room. While simple moulding will give your home a finished look, complex crown designs can create wildly different interior styles.

Below is a guide of the most common moulding trim types, to help you see the differences between single piece, multi-piece, and craftsman style moulding (and learn home builder secrets on how to save money on luxury custom home trim designs).

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles


(Click on any photo to see a full photo gallery of the Raleigh new home pictured.) 

Interior Trim Styles for Raleigh Custom Homes:

Browse the photos below for examples of single piece, multi-piece, craftsman, painted, and light-up crown moulding designs. 

What is crown moulding?

  • Crown moulding (sometimes spelled "molding") is the decorative trim used to transition from a wall to the ceiling. Multi-piece moulding can also smooth the transition from a window to a wall.
  • Crown moulding comes in materials that can be painted or stained.
  • Crown moulding usually accents just a few rooms of the home, especially the Formal Dining and the Master Bedroom.  Many custom homes also include crown moulding in other living areas.
  • Many homebuyers prefer not to pay the cost of adding crown moulding or specialty trim for secondary bedrooms, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and other less "visible" rooms of the home.


What are the Most Popular Types of Crown Moulding?

Below are photos of the most common moulding style, in order of popularity:

1. Two Piece Crown Moulding

The most popular type of crown moulding found in premium Raleigh custom homes consists of two pieces: an upside down piece of baseboard with a crown piece placed on top.

In this master bedroom, a multi-step trey ceiling uses two piece crown moulding in each of three levels:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles


2. Craftsman Crown Moulding

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

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

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

See a photo gallery of this craftsman style home - a version of the Penelope.

Here is another example of craftsman style crown moulding - with special details above the doors and windows.  This treatment consists of a 1x4 window wrap with casing cap, top casing, fillet, side casing, then stool and apron below the window.   This treatment is also a premium window wrap, but is more cost effective than the 13 piece above.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

3. Painted Crown Moulding

Crown moulding doesn't have to be white! A deep accent trim can be achieved by choosing just the right trim color - like this earthy grey crown:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

4. One Piece Crown Moulding

The most basic type of crown moulding comes as a single piece, and is usually made of MDF (medium density fiberboard).  In custom homes, one piece crown is found more often in trey ceilings, where there is less room for multiple pieces of trim.

Although single piece crown costs less to install, it is much less common in Raleigh custom homes, though more common in production homes.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

(See the Stanton Homes Houzz Ideabook of trey ceiling designs here.)

5. Three, Four, and Five Piece Crown Moulding

Complex crown moulding styles are usually seen only in luxury homes. These styles use more materials and labor - making them more costly to add.

Builder Tip: One way to add multi-layer crown moulding without breaking your budget is to layer trim with glossy white paint. This will create the visual effect of taller crown moulding, without the cost of trim materials:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

Here is a full view of this grand room - from a version of The Remington - to give you an idea of how this trim-and-paint effect can impact the space.

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

Depending on the feel you wish to achieve, various rooms may use different types of crown moulding, to keep costs down.

Dining rooms and formal areas often "break the rules" with trim and paint colors that contrast with the rest of your home. 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.

6. Natural Wood Crown Moulding

Some of the most expensive crown moulding style options include the use of natural Pine, Oak, and Cedar wood.

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.

Instead of using a natural wood moulding throughout the home, consider adding accent pieces to the most visible areas of your home - like the stained cedar trim in this great room:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles

7. Crown Moulding with Lighting

Another trim feature located squarely in the luxury custom home market is crown moulding with built in lighting.

In this version of the Avonstone Manor, soft lighting accents the master trey ceiling - get a glimpse of the glow in this bedroom photo:

Seven Crown Moulding Ideas | Raleigh Custom Home Trim Styles


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

Raleigh Custom Homes:

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

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

Tell us which crown moulding styles you like best, and we'll show you what it costs to build into your new custom home.

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