How to add crown mouldings to your home

Ten years ago, I was on the lookout for a new house and I had only one type of house in mind. I wanted a Victorian with its soaring ceiling and I wanted as many of the original details intact as possible. Luckily, these sort of homes aren’t that impossible to find in Toronto (or they didn’t use to be) and within a few months we had purchased a 1905 Victorian complete with cast-iron radiators, a claw foot tub, stained glass windows and all the original baseboards, doors, and trim in place.

However, there was one thing missing and every time I saw photos of houses from a similar era my heart broke a little that my home had not come with them – crown mouldings.

Blaine Davis for  The New York Times.

Blaine Davis for The New York Times.

Photo: David Cleaveland.

Photo: David Cleaveland.

But there is really no reason for me to be heartbroken, the truth is I could have crown mouldings of my own.  Metrie, North America’s largest supplier and manufacturer of solid wood and composite mouldings, offers thousands of quality interior finishings in a variety of wood species and materials. What I like about this company is that they have the extra step to develop five unique all-encompassing interior finishing collections which takes the guess work out of which trim to pair with what doors (or in my case what trim would best suit the doors I already have.) 

The Fashion Forward or French Curves Collection  is probably the one most suited to my house because the existing mouldings are already fairly ornate. (The other three Collections - Pretty Simple, True Craft and Very Square would suit a range of homes from Craftsman to Colonial.)

If you’re starting from a blank slate look to your architecture or inspiration images to guide your look. In my case, I would keep the crown moulding white to match the other trim in the room. While I love the look of painted-out trim it doesn’t work in our house because my dining and living room are only divided by an archway and the rooms are two different paint colours. If you do decide to paint out your trim you might consider painting your ceilings the same colour or a complimentary shade of your walls for a more uniform look. The Metrie website is treasure trove of great ideas with lots of helpful advice of where and how to use their interior finishings fittings. For example, the crown moulding, pictured above, was made by combining a baseboard with crown moulding to get a custom look. Smart.

And why stop at crown moulding? The more I look at all these beautiful inspiration photos I think some panel moulding for the walls might be the next step in really elevating our old Victorian into something pretty grand.

Ed. note: This blog post was sponsored by brand partner MetrieAs always, all thoughts and opinions are always my own. Thank you for supporting my partners!