[This post is part of my How to Install Moldings series.]
There are four ways to terminate a crown molding in a room where you can’t simply finish the crown at its starting point.
- Hanging Return
- Molding Dissolve
- Corbel Return
- Finial Return
Here are examples of each.
Hanging Return Examples
Terminating a crown in this manner is perfectly acceptable, and has 2,500 years of examples to support its use. But I prefer a corbel return over a hanging return.
Below Half of this kitchen is an addition with a slightly different ceiling height. It would be better not to have to start and stop the crown like this, but this was easier than any other option.
Below This is what I call a flying crown molding. They are used to divide a room with tall ceilings or one with vaulted ceilings.
[Learn step by step How to Return a Crown Molding to the Wall here.]
Crown Molding Dissolve Examples
Below Since architects don’t design homes with moldings in mind, you end up with oddball intersections like the one below. Note how the tray ceiling (framed in the narrow molding) comes right to the edge of the inside “box” that houses the HVAC ducts (or perhaps it’s a second floor furnace?).
The point is, this intersection does not allow any crown molding to continue uninterrupted around the room. The most elegant solution was to dissolve the crown on either side of the box, as if it is passing straight through and meeting in the imagined corner.
Below I could have wrapped the crown molding around the brick fireplace, and that would have looked nice. But the brick was done so well that I felt it deserved the senior status of the two decorating items, and so I dissolved the crown molding through it.
[Read more about other Molding Dissolves here]
Corbel Return Examples
This is my favorite way to return a crown molding. You can save this method for your most important rooms. The material costs to make one are very little, just the price of a corbel.
Below Another flying crown molding, but this time terminated in a corbel return.
[More about corbel returns here: How Do I Build a Corbel Return?]
Finial Return Example
I’ve written a separate post about how to install one here: How to Make a Crown Molding Finial Return.
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[This is part of our How to Install Moldings series.]