- Example of decorative molding on a wall.winged crocodiles image by GeoM from Fotolia.com
Ceiling molding is just like baseboard except it goes in the space where the wall meets the ceiling instead of where the wall meets the floor. Ceiling molding has both practical and decorative purposes because it can cover imperfections such as uneven drywall, painting or ceiling texture and also adds charm to any room.
- Decorative ceiling molding comes in many shapes and sizes. Crown molding is a family of molding which has a certain design to it though crown molding can also be simple, etched, carved and decorated in various ways. Crown molding can sometimes be expensive though, and it is not the only kind of decorative ceiling molding. A simple piece of wood molding which has shapes etched or carved into it can also be decorative ceiling molding. Walk into any hardware store and you will find a lot of molding that can be decorative ceiling molding from carved leaves, fruit and flowers or beautifully shaped wood designs. Decorative ceiling molding can also be made of plaster, although the plaster is usually not as resilient as wood.
- Simple ceiling molding is like decorative ceiling molding except without all the shapes and designs. Just like with decorative ceiling molding, simple ceiling molding still has both practical and decorative purposes, but it achieves its purpose in a different manner. Simple ceiling molding follows the design philosophy of "less is more," and can still make a beautiful decoration for a room. Simple ceiling molding works best when contrasted with not so simple wall décor such as wall paper, decals or molding stripes. Molding stripes are where molding is used to create a striped design on the wall.
- Both simple and decorative ceiling molding can be purchased at any hardware store, custom ceiling molding however has to either be special ordered out of a hardware store or online, or made by yourself or a hired artisan/carpenter. Some simple and inexpensive ways of making custom ceiling molding is to combine more than one kind of molding. For example, take a regular piece of crown molding and install it upside down and/or combine it with strip molding, half-round molding or stop beads to create an original design.