Deciding whether to
use crown molding on your kitchen cabinets
By Sue LeVee, Kitchen Designer
the ancient Greeks, crown molding has been the finishing touch, that final
decorative layer added to a room.
Greeks gave us the graceful profiles and rules of proportion that we still use
today when we are creating this traditional, elegant and polished look.
paired with a highly detailed, traditional cabinet, crown molding is elaborate
and detailed, often consisting of several stacked pieces. In a traditional design
we love using crown molding, especially in more formal kitchens.
crown molding is not always needed when creating a “look”. As kitchen cabinetry
tends to be sleeker and simpler in design, moldings begin to feel unnecessary;
and to some clients, even fussy. Lately, my clients are asking “Do I need crown molding?”
contemporary style kitchens, there is not a ‘crown’ type molding to be seen. Cabinetry
is left unadorned, or at the most a small flat piece of trim may be used.
a transitional style kitchen the rule is not so clear. Often a client chooses
transitional for their kitchen as a way to unify the décor of a home; for
instance to tie together a traditional living room with a modern, open family
room. In this transitional kitchen there will be elements of both the modern
and the traditional - which may include crown molding. Not an elaborate, ornate
and fussy molding, but a cleaner more streamlined molding. For instance, we may
choose a Cove molding - a nice blend of traditional and modern.
the answer is: there is no rule. There is no right or wrong. The ‘kitchen
police’ will not come to your house if you decide to skip the crown molding. So
let your personal taste and design style decide whether you crown or not!
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