When it comes to challenges, there’s really nothing like designing your own home. In between deciding what furniture to purchase to what type of flooring would be suitable, we do have a tendency to neglect our walls and ceilings. Then again, if you didn’t know it already, you can always cross walls and ceilings off your list with crown mouldings. There are many materials and designs that are readily available in the market for you to choose from and it suits any kind of interior design concept you like. Let’s just take a look at the materials you can use for your own crown mouldings.
Crown mouldings made from polystyrene are more fragile and are definitely not made to last in the long run. The pro of this material is that it’s easy to work on with just a knife and a pair of scissors. If you need a fast room design, this will be your go to material. If you want to install it on your own, all you’ll need is construction adhesive. It’s incredibly lightweight, so about the only thing you’ll need to worry about is its fragility.
MDF crown molding designs can easily be installed by your local professionals. It’s a relatively stable material to work with that you can even install on your own. If you’re worried about the cost of solid wood crown mouldings, this is option can be your next in line. You can produce a wood-like texture with veneer or easily paint it in a colour of your choice. This material is known to be on the fragile side so you’ll have to handle it with more care to prevent nicks and dents.
If you’re looking for a cost-saving option from plaster and solid wood, polyurethane crown mouldings are the way to go. It’s a lot easier to carve and create details on compared to plaster and solid wood. Because this material is less dense compared to solid wood, you’ll need to handle it with more care. For long-lasting effect, you would need protect it by applying an outer layer (e.g. paint or varnish) to help tighten the material.
Can’t decide on the crown moulding material for your bathroom? If you’re considering an option that’s suitable for moisture-present environments (e.g. kitchen and exterior), PVC is the path you want to take. Because PVC polymers are immune to warping and rotting, this is one of the easiest materials to maintain. Just do keep in mind that if you’re going for a more elaborate design, you’ll have to look elsewhere. This material is suitable for clean and simple lines. It also comes with its own shiny surface, so you’ll need to do a paint over to reduce it.
Looking for something long-lasting and solid? There’s really nothing that beats the elegance and sturdiness of plaster crown mouldings. Usually found in 19th century homes and establishments, it is still in demand nowadays due to its versatility. This material is suitable for more elaborate designs and sits comfortably in a grand room or large space. For now, the main drawbacks to this winner is that it is usually expensive and has to be made to order.
Solid Wood Material
There are several techniques you can use to produce a passable wood pattern, but on closer scrutiny, you’ll realise that nothing actually comes close to the natural grain of solid wood. It instantly brings warmth to any space with its various shades of brown. This is also one material that is suitable if you’re considering elaborate crown mouldings. Like any piece of furniture or fixture made from solid wood, you’ll have to remember to protect it from warping and cracks due to changes in weather and humidity levels.
Those curved spaces can really be a pain in the neck. Not only are you having trouble with finding suitable furniture for the space, now your walls and ceiling are ganging up on you. With flex crown moulding, you’ll get to have a smooth and consistent design on your curved walls without the need for relief cuts. Although it has to be custom-made and it is more expensive, it really does the job. Its rubber-like qualities make it an excellent material for a smooth and polished finish.