Creating French Cove and Crown Molding
Beautiful crown molding is a wonderful way to enhance the style and feel of your home. DIY’ers and readers who are currently in the design process take note! In this post, I am going to share with you, crown moulding details and specifications (and variations) of several of the crowns we designed for a French Style interior of a new home in the Boston area inspired by the crown molding photos Sally and I took on a recent trip to Paris.
Let’s start with the images of crown molding from our Paris trip that we showed our client to which they said, “Yes, I love it!”
For their formal living room and dining room, our client wanted a crown with weight and decorative onlay. She saw this photo and said, “That’s the one!” Even with many layers of paint, the lamb’s tongue shines thru.
They felt the less formal family room crown molding needed to echo the living room/dining room’s shape, but in a simplified manner. (We concurred whole heartedly!)The photo of the crown we took in the Grange showroom on the Right Bank fit the bill perfectly.The typical interior trim hierarchy in a home is the trim becomes less decorative and less pronounced on the upper floors. This photo, taken on the second floor of Vaux le Vicomte, is a classic example of a simplified crown profile. Our client chose to follow it’s example.Now let’s take a look at how those inspiration images translated into reality – details and specs included.
We apologize for the work in progress photos.
Living ROOM and Dining Room
The dining room is to the left, with the same French paneling details.
Below is the detail with White River trim numbers. This profile can be specified/ordered as an assembly – LCD8252, in either poplar or resin.
By adding a small piece of trim to the ceiling, you can enhance the decorative/dramatic effect of the crown. (Note the trim number.) This is similar to the original inspiration photo.
This GIF file superimposes the two details, so the difference is easy to see.
Similar to the inspiration photo, the family room crown molding is a simplified interpretation of the living room/dining room. We designed molding comprised of cove molding and panel trim pieces from Forester. They are a wonderful local Boston area company, but their website is somewhat limited. To gain access to their full catalogue, you will need to create an account with log in and password.
Against our recommendation, our client insisted the living room/dining room crown molding be used in the master bedroom. Remember, this White River crown is 8 3/8″ tall x 5 3/8″ wide. Big and heavy for a smaller room.
We had proposed a smaller more delicate of the living/dining room Mon Reale crown molding, shown below. Sally and I felt given the size and scale of the room and the simplicity of the fireplace, the smaller scale crown was a much better solution for the room. (Years ago, we learned to pick and choose our “battles”.)
If we had chosen to propose a larger assembly, we would have recommended adding a very simple frieze below the crown, consistent with the scale and simplicity of the room. (We found the right cove molding at the bottom of the frieze in our Forester binder.)
The GIF file nicely shows the difference between the two details.
All bathroom crown molding was Forester cove and panel moulding trim – simple and elegant, as shown in the two photos below. This detail gives a bathroom or powder room a very luxurious look and feel. The mistake that is often made is the notion that adding more will make the detail better. When in fact, more is simply more…
A neat little trick that really dresses up a bathroom is to add a mosaic frieze, like we did in the girl’s bathroom. New Ravanna is our go to source for mosaic borders.
Here’s the Forester detail and spec for the above crown molding detail. Clean, simple, elegant.
Then there were the “can you be clever” rooms – the children’s rooms. For this detail we turned to Anderson McQuaid in Cambridge for our solution. Simple crown and a small piece of applied trim a few inches below the crown. The effect is the equivalent of a cornice and frieze. Sophisticated and oh, so inexpensive with both pieces being applied to sheetrock!
I love sharing the interior design knowledge, sensibility and solutions Sally and I have developed over the years. Hopefully, this post will help make someone’s life a little simpler and stress free as they work on the design of their new home or renovation.
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