three connected columns joined to the ceiling with elaborate crown molding

Crown Molding

Originally contributed by • last updated 3/1/2021

Orac Decor
Orac Decor

In the eyes of many would be interior designers, crown molding is an outdated style relic to be tossed aside and forgotten. After all, these decorative and often elaborate structures have a history that dates back centuries. However, modern ideas and designs could be making a comeback, with more options and materials to choose from than ever before. And with price categories to meet just about any budget, more people are choosing to install them.


The term crown molding typically refers to a decorative trim or molding that is installed over the joints between the interior walls of a room and the ceiling. It is also commonly installed to help accessorize the tops of windows and entryways, and the spaces above kitchen cabinets, known as soffits. Traditionally, the lofty structures were made of plaster or wood and could be quite ornamental, often with multiple layers and elaborate designs. Modern units are often formed from composite wood and/or plastic materials, and comes in a range of styles, designs, and prices. There are also foam options for simple DIY crown molding projects, designed with easy installation and cost savings in mind.

What Options Are There For Installing Crown Molding?

If you’re thinking about installing traditional crown molding in your home, you’re probably going to want to hire a professional. Knowing how to install it takes a bit of knowledge and skill, especially when working with plaster or wood. However, there are easier options available, which might just help you cut some corners:

  • Learning how to cut crown molding can be a bit tricky because of the angles, especially the corners.  However, with the right tools, like a miter saw or a coping saw, and a well designed crown molding jig, you’ll be cutting it like a pro (well… after a few tries, anyway).
  • If you’re looking for an easier way to install crown molding, look no further than foam options. Foam units are an excellent option for anyone looking to take on a DIY project. Cheaper and easier than wood, plaster, and composites, foam versions may be a suitable budget friendly option.