How to put up crown molding with a sloped ceiling?

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I'd love to put crown molding up (after I paint the walls and the shelves above the fireplace, previous owners painted EVERYTHING the same yellowish cream color). But I'm really confused about what to do with the wall on the high ceiling side and around the corner. Should I just have it stop when it reaches the corner above the door? I'm okay with not putting any above the fireplace, so should I just run it along the wall at the ceiling, run it along the wall at the same height it is on the other side of the room? The entire rest of the house has normal ceilings, but this room has me stumped.
q crown molding with a sloped ceiling, wall decor, woodworking projects
q crown molding with a sloped ceiling, wall decor, woodworking projects
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  • William William on Dec 08, 2016
    I would run the crown molding along the straight walls. End the molding where the walls meet the sloped walls. Use molding corner blocks in the corners to give a finished look and as it was meant to be that way. Home Depot, Lowes, and Menards carry them. Photos are from Home Depot website.
  • Haysha S. Haysha S. on Dec 08, 2016
    Maybe you could put up bead board on the sloped side so that the molding would have something to connect to.
  • Red7306973 Red7306973 on Dec 09, 2016
    I would remove and perhaps repurpose the bookshelf above the fireplace, to not only open the room in that corner, but to allow for the molding you desire. You could also place the TV over the fireplace; it isn't as bulky as the existing shelf.
  • Christina Drews-Leonard Christina Drews-Leonard on Dec 09, 2016
    I think the sloped ceiling already adds interest and you don't really need crown moulding. Maybe paint the taller wall a different color to emphasize the height?
  • Sneeze01 Sneeze01 on Dec 09, 2016
    technically, rooms with sloped ceilings are not suppose to have crown molding
  • Pam Buford Pam Buford on Dec 10, 2016
    I had sloped ceilings in my kitchen. After a redo of wallpaper and ceiling paint, we put up a cove molding. It was smaller than regular molding but helped give it a finished look. At least we liked it.
  • A A on Dec 10, 2016
    We've been thinking about putting up crown molding on our sloped walls. Sorry I don't have suggestions yet, but I do think it's a more finished look. I'm not much for design rules; I like what I like. The cove molding is a good idea as well as are the corner molding.
  • Linda Bryant Linda Bryant on Dec 10, 2016
    I would like some options for inexpensive crown molding to cover up the gap between ceiling and poor drywall job...this is a rental house so trying to find inexpensive option for crown molding. Ideas?
  • Stephanie Minkus Stephanie Minkus on Dec 10, 2016
    My thoughts are more along the cove molding option too, but I'll see once I have things painted. I'm definately painting the shelves above the fireplace as a first step. They're built in so removing them would be a major project. Thanks everyone!
    • See 2 previous
    • Stephanie Minkus Stephanie Minkus on Dec 13, 2016
      I'll post a picture and let you know. That's what I'm planning on doing as a first step, then maybe add a deep blue color to the back. Probably soon after the first of the year. I'm restraining myself right now because of the holidays.
  • Suzanne Lee Suzanne Lee on Dec 11, 2016
    Get rid of all that around the fireplace and let the fireplace be the feature on that wall. I don't even notice the fireplace in that photo.
    I also like the idea of hanging the TV over the fireplace.
    I'm not sure about that mantle. Can you cut it to fit just over the fireplace or do you need to replace it?
  • Glenda Glenda on Dec 12, 2016
    I would add something tall in hole created by the slope (over thee fireplace). I think you must embrace the slope. My parents used the molding corner blocks William mentioned and they look wonderful. If that is not your choice, you may want to end with a miter cut of 45 degrees.
  • Linda Sears Linda Sears on Dec 12, 2016
    I wholeheartedly agree with Suzanne about removing everything around that fireplace. You will be surprised at the difference.
  • Elaine Elaine on Dec 12, 2016
    Sorry to dissuade you but sloped ceilings aren't ever meant to have molding. I had a lovely 17' high vaulted ceiling in the living room of my last house and it would have looked awful and so out of place if we had added moding. Even the real estate rep (male) knew that fact when a prospective buyer asked why there was no molding. Peaked and sloped ceilings are less "traditional" than normal ceilings; that's why it's considered a decor error if applied. You have the "bones" of a nice room - it just needs weeding out a bit and lightening up that fireplace wall.
  • Lonnie Lonnie on Dec 12, 2016
    I first tried to explain what I was thinking - that didn't work, of course! LOL
    Please forgive me if I overstepped by doing this, and also let me know I did, so I don't do this again.
    Also I'd leave the mantel alone. It's beautiful
  • Stephanie Minkus Stephanie Minkus on Dec 12, 2016
    I see Lonnie, and no overstepping in my opinion! That was one of my thoughts, but the overwhelming consensus across two sites is no crown molding in this room. So... After Christmas when I can declutter decorations I'm going to get the painting done, see what I can do about the shelves, and go from there.

    I wonder about putting crown molding in the rest of the area/house. Is it just this area that looks too modern for a simple molding because of the ceiling, or should I ditch the thought for the rest of the house too?
  • Lonnie Lonnie on Dec 13, 2016
    I am all about personal preference so if you want crown molding, there is no reason not to do crown molding. Your kitchen (at the very least) would be dressed to the nine's with crown molding. There are tons of pictures, but here is one link to some that have cupboards like yours on Pintrest: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/164099980143358676/
    (sorry about the long link-I've spaced out on how to do "here". LOL

    Look at a lot of photos before making a decision. Please go with your heart. If you are a praying person, pray about it.
    There are a lot of ideas that aren't molding, too.
    The bathrooms, bedrooms, hallways and office all can have crown molding. My whole house had crown molding and many many compliments for it too. I'm in a senior building now, so I have blah.  Enjoy Christmas and New Years and rap this up in 2017! Take good care!
  • Mary Mary on Dec 17, 2016
    I have done this you need to practice inside cuts or using coping saws Be sure to mark all your walls first and mark the same distance on your miter saw so it all matches. Use a couple of small pieces to practice your corner on. Improvements catalog has a set of Styrofoam molding that are easy to work with and this old house and diy has good web sites with helpful ideas. inside cuts are a little tedious just be patient
  • Dri11852906 Dri11852906 on Dec 20, 2016
    With the way those two ceilings intersect one at one angle,one at the other..I don't believe you could get crown molding to look good in that situation ..I would not do crown molding all the way around the room.. it would come to a very sloppy end where those two ceilings criss cross.. one section that you could do with crown molding would be at the highest peak use very large crown molding up there and it would look very nice
  • Ginny Ginny on Jan 07, 2017
    You have a small rm. with huge furniture and TV.

    • Leave the built-ins and paint back of built-ins the same color as the trim or maybe a shade or two darker than the walls.
    • Remove small knickknacks from shelves and start over remembering room size and proportions when replacing items.
    • Forget crown molding. Not appropriate for sloped ceiling.

    My house would not make it to House and Garden, but I paid a decorator to come in and help me with color choices, furniture placement, decorating built-ins and hanging wall decor. I feel it is worth the money rather than making a mistake a regretting my choices.
  • Ginny Ginny on Jan 07, 2017
    Forgot to mention some things:
    • You need to tie this room in with the kitchen to make the eye flow from room to room. Pick a color scheme to brighten up the areas.
    • Like the idea of installing TV over the fireplace.
    • Install a smaller ceiling fan in the kitchen. I replaced my 53" with a much smaller size (30-40) in the dining rm. and what a difference as the DR is not very large. Large fan is overpowering in smaller rooms.

  • Mary Mary on Jan 08, 2017
    Have you thought of using a corner rose or medallion and that way you don't have to fool with inside cuts there are some small and large ones at lowe's or homedepot they may have to order them but they are there for inside or outside corners. These are made of wood and can be cut on one side to match your angle giving you a straight run for the other side. Did you ever get to check out Improvements catalog. Last of all don't let anyone tell you it can't be done, because at the end of the day, they have plaster molding that can be round or what ever, this might require some looking for someone in your area that can do it.
  • Lisa Wiseman Lisa Wiseman on Jan 17, 2017
    Lonnie you were SO helpful to Stephanie. I just wanted to add that I agree with you. Stephanie although the fireplace area (mine is just like yours) isn't a great place for crown moulding, there are MANY other rooms where it looks great! I did my bathrooms and kitchen. It's your home so your preferences should outweigh the "norm". If you like it--that's good enough. I don't live by shoulda or shouldn'ts-- I decorate by what I like and think looks good in my home.
  • Stephanie Minkus Stephanie Minkus on Feb 01, 2017
    As promised, here's a picture after shelves and wall painting. I do know the furniture is oversized for the room, but we brought it with us from a previous house and you work with what you have, ya know? I do think it looks a lot better, and I've been dissuaded from crown molding (for the foreseeable future). Removing the popcorn ceiling and adding can lighting are next on the home improvement list, as soon as I can afford it.
  • Judy Judy on Feb 14, 2017
    Why don't you fill in the dust collector area above book case....paint it also...then you have a straight edge to just go all the way around the room...I thing the crown molding will be fine on the angle...I have seen it before.

  • Karen Karen on Feb 17, 2017
    Painting the wall unit back white really helped it blend in more with the wall and not "compete" with the slanted ceiling. As far as the top of the cabinets - you could put up some plants (not necessarily real ones) that kinda of trail over the top shelves.

    Also, IF you did move the tv above the fireplace, and move the couch out of the middle of the room to the wall where the tv is now, and move the recliner to where the couch was, you would have a more open space. I know that leaves the console floor cabinet w/o a home there, but maybe it could be moved to another room?

    These are suggestions only. I know I like to move furniture around and do so every few months or so. Since it's on carpet, I don't need or ask for help from spouse. And if I have to move to one of the rooms where it's all hardwood, I just turn a rug over and slide the furniture on it and move it to it's new home.

    Hope this helps.

  • Georgia Foam Design Inc Georgia Foam Design Inc on Jun 27, 2018
    Foam Crown Molding with sloped ceiling is not a good idea but still if you want to do it, then you can use this feature to create a cozy space for your personal retreat.