After: Beams were installed into the ceiling of the porch to bring out the house's Craftsman character, and crown molding in each square of the ceiling makes the space feel more like an additional room in the home. The robin's-egg blue door is the perfect splash of color to offset the largely neutral palette.
This family-friendly kitchen features a large island topped by a row of beautiful and functional pendant lights. A built-in desk puts the home office right at the heart of the house, and a walk-in pantry is ultra-convenient. Transom windows and crown molding are traditional architectural details that fit the style of the house.
The large center island is clad in butcher-block countertops, creating extra prep space as well as a bar for eating. Teal cabinets are topped with Carrara marble, a classic look that's ideally suited to this baker's kitchen. The upper cabinets, extending to the ceiling for a dramatic presentation, are painted in bright white and topped with crown molding.
In this renovated Louisiana kitchen featured on America's Most Desperate Kitchens, the curved countertop has been removed to provide the space with easy access to the family room. To create a more elegant space, old, outdated cabinets were replaced with bright white cabinets with a crown molding and a single raised panel for a more sophisticated look.
Turning left off the foyer leads guests into a private study, where they'll find tall, built-in bookshelves, an original fireplace and a traditional wood desk with two chairs. Although the space is now used as an office for reading and catching up on work, one only needs to observe the crown molding and baseboards to picture the parlor that it once was.
Though this eat-in kitchen leans a little modern, the designers still wanted to pay homage to the home's historic architecture. So they used crown molding, wainscoting and custom built-ins on the opposite wall to balance out the bold artwork and books. Down below, a modern table with black chairs creates a chic dining space for the owners and their guests.
A modern space with traditional touches: This living space is marked by the juxtaposition of styles. While the ceiling medallion, crown moulding and fireplace feel traditional, the funky ceiling fixture and furniture are anything but. A dark navy sofa and area rug bring calm color to the otherwise neutral space -- the dog invites you to join and sit for a spell!
Mosaic tile floors add punch to this traditional bathroom, which has an overall clean, updated aesthetic. The dual vanity is footed, giving it the appearance of a piece of built-in furniture. Meanwhile, a pair of medicine cabinets and a tall center cabinet feature molding that ties in with the crown molding, and also with decorative tile molding that caps a subway tile wainscot.
East meets west in this eclectic entry hall, which features a nail head-studded door, shouldered arch and original crown molding. A star-shaped flush-mount light fixture echoes the star pattern on the door. An original phone niche houses a sculpture from the owner's extensive art collection. French Colonial-inspired architectural elements are set off by the contrast brought by white walls and ebonized hardwood floors.
The monochromatic white palette shows you don’t need to add color to the walls, countertops or floors to make a bathroom stylish, says Ili Hidalgo-Nilsson, architect and designer with Terracotta Design Build. The Atlanta firm renovated the outdated bathroom, removing the heavy tilework from the walls and creating a clean, modern bathroom with open shelves. They also opted against extras such as crown molding.
After the renovation, the master bedroom in the Gubelmann's new home feels modern and functional, blending Alex's modern sensibilities with Fiona's more vintage taste to create the hip hotel retreat feel that the homeowners wanted. Double doors provide a dramatic entrance, while wainscoting and yellow walls warm up the space. The crown molding frames the ceiling and its spectacular chandelier, as seen on HGTV's House Hunters Renovation.
This pink nursery is fit for a princess with a white iron crib, matching iron chandelier and floral pink and white arm chair. Pink painted walls and ceiling create a full color room with white crown molding, white paneling and arched white windows. A wood side table adds a counter to the pink theme, and darker pink bird wall decals are a fun, whimsical detail.
A small space with an awkward transition between a hallway and formal living room is put to use as a cozy reading nook. Though the chaise and bookcase are modern in nature, the leather upholstery and crown molding-style trim help keep the space traditional enough to fit the adjacent room. The cowhide rug adds extra coziness, making this a perfect spot to curl up with a great book.
The key to the couple’s design aesthetic is layering contemporary, prewar and cultural elements seamlessly. In this entryway where crown molding sets the stage, a Moroccan pouf bought during travels sits together with a basket the two designed with a women’s collective in Rwanda. A collection of art also highlights this area including a silhouette photograph of Bryan and a message of social activism by artist Ann Lewis.
Bold colors stand up to the dramatic architectural details in this traditional bedroom, designed for the homeowners' adult son when he comes home to visit. White beadboard on the ceiling is in keeping with the home's coastal design theme, while deep navy brings a nautical element to the space. Orange accents and graphic patterns pop against the room's neutral palette, while navy crown molding adds a crisp, tailored touch.
This transitional white master bedroom is a traditional minimalist's dream. Large floor-to-ceiling windows and French glass doors bring in lots of natural light, while the tray ceiling with crown molding adds that traditional touch. Furniture is kept limited with white statement pieces, keeping the space open and showing off the beautiful hardwood floors. A marble fireplace mantle and glass wall adds a little modern dazzle to the room.
This living room has a beautiful settee with green cushion to match the green and white patterned wallpaper. Visually elongate windows by hanging draperies high on the wall, right under crown molding, to create a long visual line the eye follows up, giving the impression the ceiling is much higher. An oversized wallpaper pattern works a similar magic, visually stretching walls to make a small room feel more spacious. Image courtesy of Thibaut.
A light, natural wood accent wall adds subtle and effective texture against the light turquoise walls and white crown molding. The pale turquoise is repeated on the bench at the foot of the bed and a final touch on the smallest throw pillow. Salmon pink bed covers add a bright pop of color with a dainty, matching pattern on the curtains. A feminine white bed frame is a perfect fit for the design.