The Royal Treatment: Unveiling Different Types of Crown Moulding

December 11, 2023

By: The Finished Space

Have you ever wondered how interior designers transform normal rooms into something out of a design magazine? Well, here’s a hint: it’s shaping up right above you – crown moulding! It’s a design feature that has been used to transform ordinary homes and buildings into ornate and beautiful masterpieces. We decided that it’s time to shine a spotlight on this incredible design feature.

What is Crown Moulding?

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Before we get into the various types of crown moulding, let’s start with the basics. 

Crown moulding is an architectural feature installed in the space where your walls meet the ceiling. Originating from the grand buildings of ancient Greece and Rome, crown moulding was a symbol of structure and beauty that was reserved for the finest interiors and exteriors.

Today, this timeless feature has become super accessible to anyone with a good understanding of the interior design aesthetic. That being said, crown moulding is no antique. It’s been adapted over the centuries to fit every kind of home.

The Benefits of Crown Moulding

There are many reasons why crown moulding is so popular in modern interior design. Here are some of the benefits of installing crown moulding in your home:

  • Aesthetic Elevation: Crown moulding is the designer’s secret for adding instant elegance and a finished look to any room.

  • Property Value: Installing crown moulding is a savvy investment that can boost the appeal and value of your home.

  • Illusion of Height: By drawing the eye upward, crown moulding creates the impression of higher ceilings and a more expansive room.

  • Conceal Imperfections: Crown moulding and trim are perfect for hiding any less-than-perfect edges where walls and ceilings meet.

  • Design Versatility: Crown moulding comes in designs to suit every taste, from the minimalist to the extravagant.

  • Fully Customizable: Stain it, paint it, or finish it to match your unique style. The sky (or ceiling) is the limit!

  • Built to Last: Select the right material, and your crown moulding can stand the test of time, by holding up as long as your home does.

Different Crown Moulding Materials

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When discussing the types of crown moulding, it’s easy to overlook one of the qualities that make it so versatile – the materials used to create it. When it comes to materials, each has its own set of superpowers:


Wood is a classic choice that is beloved for its natural beauty and versatility. Whether painted for a contemporary look or stained to highlight its innate patterns, wood moulding brings a warm, organic feel to any interior.

MDF (Medium Density Fiberboard)

Medium Density Fiberboard is a wallet-friendly alternative that doesn’t skimp on style. It provides a smooth, consistent finish for those who prefer a painted look.


Polyurethane is a resilient and lightweight material that is a dream for DIYers. It resists the wear and tear of time, including warping and cracking, which makes it ideal for both interior and humid environments.


For the traditional designer who appreciates craftsmanship, plaster offers a high-end, custom look that’s perfect for creating intricate designs and detailed patterns.


Vinyl is a practical choice for areas exposed to moisture, like bathrooms, basements, and home exteriors. Easy to clean and maintain, vinyl stands up to the elements better than most of the materials listed here.


Curves and contours? No problem. Flexible crown moulding hugs every curve to ensure that your home’s unique areas get the royal treatment. It can be made to match the crown moulding installed on your straight walls as well!

The Different Types of Crown Moulding

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Like the perfect frame for your favorite painting, crown moulding comes in styles to complement every period and preference. Here are seven different types of crown moulding:

1. Step Crown Moulding

Think of step crown moulding as the muse for a modern designer. Its layered look creates depth and interest without overpowering the design, which is perfect for those seeking a blend of contemporary cool and understated charm.

2. Leafy Crown Moulding

For a touch of the outdoors, leafy crown moulding creates an organic pattern indoors. It’s like a walk in the forest, with each leaf and vine adding a bit of nature to your living space.

3. Dentil Crown Moulding

Precision and classic detail are the hallmarks of dentil moulding. This style features small, uniform blocks that create a rhythmic harmony, so it is perfect for homes with a historical or traditional design style.

4. Egg-and-Dart Crown Moulding

Like the crown moulding found in ancient Greek temples, egg-and-dart crown moulding alternates oval shapes with arrow-like darts. It’s a timeless pattern that speaks of luxury and detailed craftsmanship.

5. Cove Crown Moulding

Cove crown moulding takes a softer approach with its concave profile. It’s subtle yet stylish, and is a versatile choice that pairs well with modern decor and traditional styles.

6. Minimalistic Crown Moulding

Sleek and straightforward, minimalistic cove crown moulding aligns with the ‘less is more’ philosophy. It’s the go-to for anyone who loves clean lines and an uncluttered aesthetic.

7. Colonial Crown Moulding

Similar to the Georgian style but less ostentatious, colonial crown molding is inspired by classical architecture and features a flat board with an ogee-shaped top edge. 

Update Your Home with Beautiful Crown Moulding from Metrie


Imagine your home styled to perfection with every little detail accounted for – that’s what Metrie crown moulding can do for you. Whether you’re renovating or just looking to spruce up your space, we have a spectrum of crown moulding options to bring your design dreams to life. Contact us today to learn more!