Ceiling Molding & Cove Lighting Ideas

Renovation of our family room continues. As I recently posted, we replaced our fluted corinthian columns with sleek square pillars (HERE).

We are remodeling our space to a “transitional style”.  This style is a marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics equating to a classic, timeless design. Furniture lines are simple yet sophisticated, featuring either straight lines or rounded profiles. It blends the comfort and warmth of traditional style with the clean profile and understated colors of the contemporary style.

Next up on the list, is to replace the ceiling crown molding, remove the ceiling medallion and replace the lighting. Check out the pictures of the room before the change. The molding is very ornate, but went well with the fluted columns that have been replaced. The ceiling medallion is also too ornate for our taste, and the lighting fixture is not our style.


IMG_5465The ceiling trim is heavy and formal.

IMG_5419We removed the ceiling medallion and mudded the area well. It takes several coats of mud to erase the circle left behind by the medallion.

IMG_5571We removed all the trim from the raised ceiling.

IMG_5572In an effort to contain the spread of dust, we put plastic up on all entrances…but it still traveled.

IMG_5573I love the design elements in this home such as the raised octagonal ceilings. It allows so many styling options. For this room, we are going to install cove lighting inside the crown molding.

Cove lighting is indirect lighting installed into ledges, recesses, or valances in a ceiling. It directs light up towards the ceiling. Our main goal is to use this as accent lighting and not as our primary light source.

IMG_7598We installed a simple 2 piece trim, using 6″curved molding on top of straight boards.

IMG_7599The LED rope string lighting (HERE) was laid inside of the trim. An outlet was installed behind the trim to provide power to the rope lighting.

IMG_7600We installed a metal Parisian style chandelier in the room, similar to this 6-Light Chandelier.

IMG_7602The cove lighting casts a beautiful soft accent light in the room. We are loving the simple transitional molding and lighting. If you’re interested in reading more about the impact of lighting on your home, check out this post (HERE).

We are thrilled with our remodeling so far, final reveal coming up in a future post! Getting inspired? Remember to follow along on Instagram, and if you like the post please share!



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