Updating your kitchen by refacing your cabinets adds value to the room and your home. Smaller tasks in your kitchen, such as under cabinet lighting, wall art, and adding a new color to the walls, can strengthen your style. However, if you want to really enhance the look of your cabinets, add crown molding. Crown molding is an architectural feature fitted to the top of your upper cabinets to help draw your eye upward and creating an illusion of a larger kitchen. These moldings are generally carved with designs to match and upgrade the aesthetic of your cabinets and kitchen. Depending on the height of the ceilings, the crown moldings are either attached to the cabinets and the ceiling or they leave a gap between them. The gap is a good opportunity to use regular or dimmer lights to create an ambiance in the kitchen.
Crown moldings have been around for thousands of years as decorations to a room or building, originating about 2,500 years ago by the ancient Greeks. The materials they used back then were stone. It wasn’t until the 18th century that American craftsmen began utilizing lighter weight materials, such as wood and plaster, into their crown moldings. Nowadays, the expansion of materials has grown to include foam and polyurethane, although the traditional materials of wood and plaster are still used. With these new materials, we still apply the rules of profiles and proportions to crown molding designs from the ancient Greeks. Mass production of crown moldings also expanded the usage o moldings from upper-class homes to homes everywhere.
A popular material for crown moldings is wood as it can be cut and carved into detailed or simple designs. Cabinet Cures offers a large range of the finest wood species and grains in both soft- and hardwoods for your crown moldings. If you are refacing your kitchen cabinets, Cabinet Cures will match your crown moldings to your cabinets with the same wood species, grain, stain, paint and/or lacquer. Crown Moldings are highly recommended to update and upscale the style of your kitchen cabinets if you don’t have them already. Cabinet Cures manufactures all of its crown moldings int he Pacific Northwest.
There are many choices you will need to make when it comes to selecting the right crown molding for your kitchen. Some of these include the wood species, the grain, and the stain, paint, or lacquer. Another is the style and design of the crown molding itself. Here are a few to get you inspired.
This style of crown molding features rows of notched blocks, which creates depth and dimension. The Dentil emerged in the 18th century during the Beaux-Arts movement. It’s somewhat masculine feel is a blend of contemporary and European styles, allowing you to add a unique flair to your kitchen.
Egg & Dart:
The Egg & Dart is also called the egg-and-tongue crown molding as the design incorporates an egg-like shape alternating with an arrow or dart element. This particularly ornamented molding can be traced back to an ancient temple in Athens called the Erechteion where the design is seen in the Ancient Greek architecture.
Bead & Curve:
This style of crown molding is a popular choice for your kitchen as the design is a simple, but elongated “S” flair with a bead below. It is a subtle touch to add to your cabinets.
With geometric and angular shapes and clean lines, the Deco crown moldings can add a bit of Art Deco flair to any kitchen. The designs can be intricate and packed or a few chosen shapes to accent your kitchen style.
Just as the name states, this European and traditional looking molding consists of elaborate rope or bead details. Generally, with this type of detailing, the bead or rope details are created separately and then attached to the crown molding by a cut or groove. To complement this molding as well as your cabinets, glazes or stains are used to enhance the classical look.