Moldings

Cabinetry today looks much more like furniture than in the past. Design choices now have helped it become an integrated part of the space rather than a more isolated storage element in a home. Moldings help create that transition. Your style choice will have an impact on the type and amount of molding you may want. More traditional cabinetry can handle a wealth of molding and decorative elements. Contemporary or simpler styles such as Shaker cabinets often do better with minimal additions. Here are some of the molding options offered by various cabinet lines.

Crown molding: This can range from a simple curved molding at the top of your cabinets to a dramatic line of moldings with rope, dentil or woven accents depending upon your preference and cabinet line choice. Higher-end cabinetry may even include custom molding designs. Often matching crown molding can be used around the rest of the room, connecting it with the kitchen.

Mirror molding: Molding that is used on bathroom cabinetry can often be used to frame vanity mirrors for a coordinated and finished look.

Wainscoting: These panels may be installed along the walls of the kitchen or surrounding rooms, connecting those spaces with the kitchen cabinetry. This type of molding may run at chair-rail height or higher depending upon the style of the home.

Light rail: This type of molding is used under top cabinets to hide task-lighting or to provide a more overall finished look.

Corbels: These decorative braces look as if they are holding up a shelf or countertop and are generally found at the corners of islands. Sometimes they actually do provide a support role.

Turned posts: Looking like table legs, they may be used along one side of an island to support the countertop when it extends out beyond the cabinetry. This provides space for an eating area. Occasionally these posts are cut in half and set along one side of an island as faux supports.

Pilasters: These columns project out slightly from a wall or cabinet to add an elegant touch.

Decorative feet: Feet may be inserted to create a look of furniture or add dimension in one area, particularly if one cabinet extends beyond the general cabinet line. Islands or china hutches may also include decorative feet or legs. Design options for these vary with the style of cabinetry chosen.

Overlays: This type of decorative element can be attached to locations such as the stove hood to connect it with the cabinetry or add another decorative element.