Types of Ceiling Moldings

Ceiling moldings add a decorative element in the joint between the wall and the ceiling. According to the Crown Molding Styles website, ceiling molding historically signified wealth and grandeur. New materials and do-it-yourself kits make molding more affordable for the general public. To add flair and style to any room, choose a molding that complements the décor. Ornate, decorative molding fits in with rooms with similar furnishings, according to the Crown Molding Styles website.

Cove Molding

Create a decorative tray ceiling with L-shaped moldings.

According to the Dixieline ProBuild website, crown molding is the simplest form of ceiling molding. It most commonly consists of a narrow, single board at the top of the wall. Cove molding is also one of the most common types of ceiling molding.

Crown Molding

Crown molding is one of the most popular types of ceiling molding. It comes in many varieties and decorative finishes ranging from simple to ornate. According to the Inviting Home website, crown molding serves as an ornamental cap on the wall and sits at an angle between the wall and ceiling. Dixieline ProBuild recommends crown molding for rooms with a traditional or classical décor.

Cornice Molding

Crown molding is one type of cornice molding, according to the Inviting Home website. Cornice molding is a single piece of molding between the wall and the ceiling. Pieces of cornice molding can be combined with other types of molding to create a customized style.

Frieze Molding

Frieze molding is a type commonly combined with cornice and bed molding to create a three-piece molding. Frieze molding sits in between a cornice cap and the bottom piece of bed molding. Frieze molding features intricate design work and inlaid patterns. Typically the frieze molding is wide-set, according to the Inviting Home website.

Bed Molding

In addition to being combined with frieze molding, bed molding may also be used underneath crown molding to create a wider, more decorative look, according to the Dixieline ProBuild. Bed molding is the bottom piece in a set of decorative molding pieces, according to the Free Dictionary website.


L-molding differs from the other, flat, single-piece moldings. According to the Inviting Home website, L-molding can be used to cover up electrical work or create a tray ceiling. L-molding can also be used to house track lighting in rooms lacking light. The L-shaped design fits over pipes and easily hides cords.

Flexible Molding

While rooms featuring sharp angles and flat walls are most common, not all rooms are built this way. For rooms with curved or awkward designs, flexible molding is available. According to the Inviting Home website, flexible moldings come in many of the same ornate finishes available in traditional crown moldings.

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