Choosing Mouldings: Sizes and dimensions for your room

When choosing a suite of mouldings for your room or home you will need to consider several items. Style of decor, size of rooms, height of ceilings, and the visual impact you want the mouldings to make.

Although you are the one who will live with your decision, these are some guidelines for choosing moulding sizes.

Moulding Style and Size Selection Guide

  Baseboard Casing Headers Crowns Wainscoting
Modern:
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Simple:
3-4’’
Simple:
2-2.5’’
NA None or
Flat trim
Linear horizontal
lines:
36’’ high
Contemporary:
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Simpler:
4-5’’
5-7’’
Simpler:
3-3.5’’
Simple Linear none or
clean flat
lines or
clean coves
NA
Traditional:
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Detailed:
5-6’’
7”+’
Detailed:
3-3.5’’
Fluted:
4-4.5’’
Detailed with
Small Crown
and Filet
Detailed:
4.5-5.5’’
7’’+
Flat, or raised:
H: 36’’, 60’’, 96’’
H: 42’’, 72’’
Provincial:
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Detailed:
5-6’’
7”+’
Detailed:
3-3.5’’
Fluted: 4-4.5’’
Detailed with
Small Crown
and Filet
Detailed:
4.5-5.5’’
7’’+
Raised:
H: 36’’, 60’’, 96’’
H: 42’’, 72’’
Arts and Craft:
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Clean and
linear:
5-6”
6”+
Clean and
linear:
5-6”
6+
Plain:
Small Crown
and Filet
Stepped
crown or
clean cove
5” and 7”
Flat
H: 36’’, 60’’, 96’’
H: 42’’, 72’’
Art Deco:
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Linear and
stepped:
5-6”
6”+
Linear and
stepped:
3-4”
NA Flat Multi
Tiered
Flat Multi Tiered
H: 36’’, 60’’, 96’’
H: 42’’, 72’’
Metropolitain
8’ ceilings
9’+ ceilings
Detailed:
5-6’’
7+’’
Detailed:
3-3.5’’
Fluted: 4-4.5’’
Detailed with
Small Crown
and Filet
Detailed:
4.5-5.5’’
7’’+
Raised or
Applique’s:
H: 36’’, 60’’, 96’’
H: 42’’, 72’’