When considering metal ceiling tiles as an option for their property, a lot of homeowners and business owners look at their walls and think that the material of those ceiling tiles will only clash with the texture of the walls. After all, with such an abrupt change from textured metal to smooth drywall, the ceiling tiles are bound to look out of place.
Metal crown molding is the solution to that problem as it is the perfect transition from the textured metal ceiling tile to the smooth wall next to it, and it is surprisingly simple to install. It doesn’t need to be used only with metal ceiling tiles, and it can also be used on its own for a more subtle style for your interior. If you want the look of metal ceiling tiles but you don’t want to go “all the way,” that kind of molding is an excellent option. This type of decorative trim brings the metallic trend into your home without being over the top.
Metal crown molding comes in a large array of patterns and colors, so you can find something to really bring out the style of your interior no matter what style that may be. If you’re going for an art deco or vintage look and want to take advantage of one of the biggest interior trends this year, that type of molding may be just what you’re looking for.
The Installation Process
Whether you’re installing the crown molding as part of a transitional piece from your metal ceiling tiles to your wall or using the crown molding on its own, installation is simple. This can be done at home as a DIY project, and there are only a few simple steps you have to keep in mind. To hang metal crown molding in your space, you just need to do the following:
- Measure twice – Measuring is one of the most important steps of the process, and “measure twice, cut once” is of the utmost importance. Most metal crown molding pieces will extend around 3 inches from the ceiling and go around 3 inches down a wall, sitting at roughly a 45-degree angle. However, it’s still important to know the measurements you’re working with specifically in regard to the molding you have. Using a level, draw a light guideline for the bottom edge of your molding.
- Install the first piece of your molding – Start installing your molding by beginning with a corner, and make sure your piece aligns with the guideline you’ve drawn in step 1. When attaching the molding, use fasteners around every 6 inches and add the fasteners to the top and bottom nail rails. You’ll install your additional pieces of molding by repeating this process, and each piece should overlap by about ¼ inch.
- Use mitered edges on the corners – As you continue the installation in another corner of the wall, use factory-mitered edges to ensure that the corner pieces fit into each other flawlessly.
- Mask your gaps – As you finish installing your molding, you may find that you have small gaps between pieces that are more obvious when seen from the floor. To fix those gaps, you can use painter’s caulk or spray paint to mask any spaces left between crown molding pieces. Either of those can also be used to mask any puncture marks that the nails holding the crown molding may have left in the wall.
- Consider flat molding – For a look that truly stands out, you may want to add flat molding to the crown molding you’ve just installed. This can be placed just beneath the crown molding on the wall, and it looks particularly striking when the crown molding is against a metal tiled ceiling.
Metal crown molding is an excellent way to transition to a metal tile ceiling or add that stylish pop your ceiling needs to match the aesthetic of your interior design. With a simple self-installation, you can spruce up your ceiling throughout the course of a short weekend. If you’re painting the walls as part of a full room renovation, painting before hanging the crown molding will save you the step of taping off the molding to avoid paint spots or splatter.