Who doesn’t love a good hack? Today I’ve got the best crown molding hack you didn’t even know you needed!
I always say that color placement is as important as the color you choose. The wrong color placement can make a room look smaller, the ceiling lower, and date a room unnecessarily, while the RIGHT color placement can make a space appear larger, the ceiling higher, and make a room appear updated and more expensive.
In this before/after I posted last week, the homeowner didn’t want to change his existing paint colors. I told him that was fine, but would he be willing to paint out the area between the crown molding and the additional piece of trim several inches below it? This is how it looked originally:
You’ve probably seen this paint treatment in many homes – the application of a paint color different than the wall color in between this kind of trim. Let me illustrate how many stripes and transitions this treatment creates:
Can you see how this actually creates 4 horizontal stripes in an area of about 2 feet? And that’s even before you hit the television. This paint color placement actually makes the room appear shorter and the trim molding less expensive.
So here’s the crown molding hack: by applying the white trim color in the same finish (semigloss or satin) on the small amount of wall area between the trim pieces, the room appears taller. At the same time, it visually bulks up the trim and make it look more expensive. Check out the difference:
See what I mean? Let me show you a section of the striping effect in the dining room. In this room, the ceiling is the same color as the walls. On the wall with the cased opening, there are essentially 3 stripes of gray + 3 stripes of white. This kind of paint application distracts from the rest of the room’s design and really doesn’t add anything special.
The “after” results in a sophisticated architectural element that complements the room’s new decor and doesn’t detract from it.
In the earlier post of this space, did you notice the change in paint here? Back in the living room, here’s another “before:”
Obviously, the decor of the room is nicer now, but don’t you think the color placement change makes a difference, too? It’s like we installed larger, more expensive crown molding (except we didn’t).
This is a great crown molding hack that adds class to any room. I truly believe it’s part of why this space looks next-level. One last “before” shot:
Are you convinced we need to ban the white stripes? They are also a pet peeve of mine on tray ceilings, ack!
And just to be clear, I’d NEVER ban the rock band, The White Stripes. I love Jack White! He happens to live five minutes from me and I pass his house on most days.
Hey Jack, let me know if you ever need help with paint colors, ok? Historic homes are my favorite to work on!