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Is an 8' ceiling too low for crown molding?

Is an 8' ceiling too low for crown molding? Will it make the ceiling look low and the room look smaller?

Debra
Re: Is an 8' ceiling too low for crown molding?

No, I have a ceiling in my craft room that has crown molding and it's only 8'.

here's a picture:

JLMCDANIEL
Re: Is an 8' ceiling too low for crown molding?

Only if you paint it the same color as the ceiling which tends to appear to bring the ceiling down. The size should be matched to balance the baseboard. Measure your baseboard, devide the width by 1.6 and come as close as you can to that width crown. For example if you have 6" baseboard use 3 3/4" crown.
Jack

basswood
Re: Is an 8' ceiling too low for crown molding?

Consider a relatively "flat" crown with a small spring angle for low ceilings. This helps to maintain the "profile line" approximately perpendicular to the viewer's line of sight. Typical 38* crown looks better on taller ceilings. Crown far above the viewer (so you look almost straight up to see it) often has very large spring angles. I've installed crown with a 78* spring angle, but it was 20' up.

This is a convention often ignored, but was common in older buildings.

Here is a crown appropriate for low ceilings:

http://crown-molding.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=9123

http://basswoodcarpentry.com/

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