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.
There are a few things to keep in mind when choosing crown moldings besides the wood type, grain, and whether or not it will be painted or stained. You will want to consider the design of the crown molding for your kitchen. There are many styles to choose from so here are a few to start.
Wood is one of the most popular materials for crown moldings. It can be milled and cut into clean and crisp simple or very detailed designs. Cabinet Cures offers the finest wood crown moldings in a very large range of wood species and grains, both in hard- and softwoods. Choose from a wide variety of crown molding sizes and styles. If you are updating your kitchen cabinets by refacing or refinishing, Cabinet Cures will make sure your crown moldings match your newly painted, stained, or lacquered cabinets. If you don’t have any moldings on your cabinets but have room on top, Cabinet Cures highly recommends it as these will help update your style as well as upgrade the look and feel of your kitchen. All of the crown moldings are manufactured in the Pacific Northwest.
Originating from the Beaux-Arts movement in the 18th century, the Dentil is a combination of art and architecture with its row of notched blocks. This generates dimension and depth in the crown molding. This blend of European and contemporary styles forms a somewhat strong masculine feel that can add a unique flair to your kitchen.
Egg & Dart:
Traced back to Erechtheion, the ancient temple in Athens, in Ancient Greek architecture, the Egg & Dart, also known as the egg-and-tongue, is a highly ornamented crown molding style. The alternating dart or arrow element with the egg-like shape is a popular pattern displaying the achievements of the Greek’s architecture.
Bead & Curve:
The Bead and Curve molding is a very simple and popular style to add to your cabinets. The elongated “S” curve of the design sits above a bead and is a solid crown molding for a clean look.
Deco style moldings draw inspiration from the Art Deco era with their angular shapes and clean lines. They can have simple or complex geometric designs.
This traditional looking, European architecture is an intricate crown molding made up of small bead or rope details. With the details to this classical style, the bead or rope details are often manufactured or carved separately and then placed into a channel in the wood molding. Stain or glazes add to complement the ornamented crown molding and upgrade the look of your cabinets.