Refacing your cabinets updates your kitchen and increases the value of your home. This project can be accompanied by several smaller ones such as painting the kitchen walls, adding wall art, under cabinet lights, and other smaller elements. The one element that can really add to your style of cabinets is crown molding. Crown moldings are architectural features that finish the tops of your cabinets, flaring out at the top and drawing the eye upward to visually create a larger kitchen. Some crown moldings will be flushed to the ceiling and others not, depending on the ceiling height. Gaps between the ceiling and the tops of the crown molding should be looked at as an opportunity to add dimmer or regular lights. This will create a controllable ambiance to your kitchen. The carved designs on the moldings add a subtle upscale look and feel to the kitchen.
Crown moldings are not a new feature to the kitchen or any other room. They have been around for thousands of years and we still utilize the rules of proportion and profiles when it comes to crown molding designs. This feature was invented by the ancient Greeks about 2,500 years ago using stone instead of wood or plaster and hand-carved to enhance the room. The lighter, easier to use materials didn’t turn up until the 18th century when American craftsmen sought plaster and wood to make their designs. These materials nowadays are considered traditional since the choices of materials expanded to include polyurethane and foam now simply attached with glue. Crown moldings were also used in higher priced homes several decades ago, but now with mass production and the use of the expanded materials, they can be found in homes everywhere.
Next week we will break down the most common types of crown moldings.