Popular Designs for Crown Moldings Popular Designs for Crown Moldings

A simple way to create elegance and tone in a room is through the use of crown moldings. Today these have become the most popular type of cornice moldings. Decorative crown moldings can give character to a relatively simple room.

You can choose from many different designs, ranging from simple angled pieces to classical, Renaissance and contemporary designs. Crown moldings also come in a variety of materials, such as hardwood, vinyl, Styrofoam and many others.

Convex and Concave Moldings

Convex and concave moldings have been used since the Egyptian period and are two of the most simple but still popular designs. The concave molding bows inward, creating a smooth and unobtrusive passage between ceiling and walls. The convex molding, on the other hand, projects away from the wall to create heavier shadows. Since these are simple designs, they work best in houses or rooms with minimalistic decoration.


The ogee uses a combination of the convex and concave molding and has an s-shaped curve that is smaller at the top (concave) and larger and the bottom (convex). This creates a particular effect offering contrast between light and shade.

Greek Crown Molding

A more ornate style, known as the Greek crown molding, makes use of the acanthus leaf and embossed wreaths as well as egg-and-dart and rose-and-rope vine designs. These designs result in a more decorative finish, and they are most popular thanks to their wide rage of relief designs on the font. The most widely used is the egg-and-dart design that uses an alternating pattern of egg shapes and "v" shapes. Also the acanthus leaf frieze is popular because it is ornate but unobtrusive.

Dentil Crown Molding

Another popular design is the dentil crown molding. They recall the shape of teeth in their pattern since they are made of alternating blocks and spaces. This design generally has no curved relief projections and is therefore a minimal design. It can add a touch of elegance and class to any room.

Twist or Rope Design

Another elegant and popular pattern is the twist or rope crown, which consists of a low-relief frieze made of a twisted rope. For a more ornate look, the twist crown design is at times fused with an acanthus leaf frieze. This combination creates a greater range of contrasts.

These are only a few of the most popular designs for crown moldings. More adventurous people may opt to go for custom crown moldings which combine several styles discussed above.

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