Creating a Cozy Living Room with a Fireplace and Accent Wall

Crown molding installed above Barbara Crigler's dining room accent wall.
Installing crown molding is the easiest way to add elegance to a room.

Install Crown Molding

One of the easiest ways to give a room instant elegance is to add crown molding.

If you’re not sure what size you need, get samples of different sizes, sold by the foot, from the home center and place each piece up against your wall.

Next, compare it to the molding around your windows and doors and see what looks good.  

Chelsea Lipford Wolf measures a window for installing a wood cornice.jpg
Barbara Crigler loves to raise her blinds (and she’d love even more not to see them). That’s why we’re adding a cornice.

Build, Paint and Install Cornice

To help tie the cornice into the dining room wall and the fireplace mantel, we’re using lattice strips. They’re thinner and smaller but mimic the same design.

We’ll use horizontal pieces at the top and bottom of the cornice, and we’ll add some vertical pieces in between.

Wood cornice installed above Barbara Crigler's living room window

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