The Value of Adding Crown Molding to Coffered Ceilings

December 31, 2019 Published by Leave your thoughts

When you custom-build a home, you get to choose the layout of the house, built-in features, paint color for various surfaces and more. If you purchase an already existing home, well, it’s just that—already existing. In this case, you’ll have to make any desired changes yourself by way of taking on DIY projects or hiring professional help. One such home improvement project is installing coffered ceilings or adding crown molding to coffered ceilings.

Either way, it’s important to be informed before getting started. Here’s what you need to know about coffered ceilings in Midland, MI and the benefit of adding crown molding.

What are coffered ceilings

The term “coffered” comes from the Old French word for box (coffre), which refers to the boxy construction used to create these ceilings. Chances are you’ve seen this type of ceiling before without knowing its proper name. It resembles a grid, with beams attached to flat panels that crisscross the ceiling in diagonal or horizontal lines. You can use wood, fiberboard planks or medium-density foam to make the grid pattern, then dress the beams and panels with decorative elements—including crown molding—according to your preferences.

Coffered ceilings, also called sunken ceilings, add dimension and texture to a space. Visually, the depth of the beams seems to lower the ceilings. A professionally-constructed coffered ceiling looks like a feature of the home’s original construction, instead of a later add-on.

Features can influence its look

Creating a coffered ceiling gives you total control over your ceiling’s design. Because of this benefit, you can make it a unique aesthetic element of your home’s interior. Let’s take a look at a few features that can influence the way a coffered ceiling looks:

  • Depth: Installing deeper beams is likely to make the recessed panels in the ceiling more pronounced.
  • Height and width: Choose from larger or smaller panels. Smaller panels create the sense of a busier and more textured ceiling. On the other hand, larger panels give the illusion of more ceiling and greater interior space.
  • Area: A larger area with coffered ceilings installed above it can help draw attention to a smaller space. This can have an impact on how your home’s overall living space is viewed.
  • Molding: There are several options for homeowners wanting to add molding to coffered ceilings. Decorative edges like ridged, scalloped and beveled cut molding are all excellent for homes of all styles, including traditional, classic, modern, Victorian and contemporary.

Where to install coffered ceilings (plus extras)

This type of ceiling looks good in just about any room. Install a coffered ceiling in one room to make it unique, or all throughout your house to create a cohesive, elegant flow. The rooms in which these ceilings make the biggest impact include dining rooms, high-ceilinged master bedrooms, living rooms and home libraries. Finally, add crown molding and trim to coffered ceilings. Attach this decorative ceiling extra to the sides and base of each beam to create more dimension.

If you want to learn more about pairing coffered ceilings with crown molding in Midland, MI, contact Tri City Remodeling. Reach out to speak with a knowledgeable team member today!

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