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 of moldings from upper-class homes to homes everywhere.