Sometimes, your kitchen just needs a little somethin'-somethin', but it's not always easy to put your finger on what exactly that is. Maybe your cabinets need a refresh, your countertops need updating, or your kitchen hardware and appliances look old and tired.

The truth of the matter is, it's not always within budget to replace or refresh all of the above things. But something as simple as cabinet refacing or cabinet improvements, such as crown molding, can make all the difference you're looking for.

Learn more about how crown molding can transform your kitchen, in this blog.

What Exactly is Crown Molding?

Long gone are the days when crown molding only existed in antiquated, old-world homes or opulent mansions. Today, crown molding is one of the most popular and simple ways to add elegance to just about any room in your home.

Rewind a few centuries and the amount of crown molding that featured in your home signified how wealthy you were. Only because it was crafted by hand and that cost a fine penny. Crown molding is far accessible in today's times and is, essentially, a decorative border that sits at the edge of the wall and ceiling in most homes. The purpose is purely decorative.

Today, you can also use crown molding to elevate cabinetry of all shapes and styles.

How Does Crown Molding Enhance Your Kitchen?

It might sound like an unusual addition to your kitchen, but there are a few reasons why adding crown molding to your cabinets is a smart idea:

  • It can elongate the appearance of your cabinets and make your kitchen ceiling appear higher. This, in turn, can make your kitchen look larger than it actually is, making it a great option for smaller kitchens
  • It adds a touch of personality and elegance to your kitchen. It can also modernize the space by making your cabinetry look more high-end
  • It's super affordable, depending on the size of your kitchen and how much cabinetry you have. If you have a tight budget but want to add some character to your kitchen, this is a smart way to do it

Crown molding is very versatile. With the many options available on the market today, there is something to suit almost any kitchen aesthetic. Whether your kitchen is more traditional or contemporary and modern, crown molding can really elevate the space.

The Different Types of Crown Molding to Consider

Crown molding comes in a variety of styles to suit both your kitchen and its cabinetry -- perfect for bringing in a modern, personalized feel. Here are some of the most popular crown molding options:

  • Traditional -- by far the most popular option today, this type of crown molding works well in classic/traditional style kitchens. It has a simple design and a high-end feel
  • Stacked -- this is the best option if you have particularly high ceilings or tall cabinets. Basically, stacked molding comprises multiple different pieces of molding, stacked on top of each other to create height. This is also a good option if you're looking to minimize the space between your cabinets and ceiling
  • Interior -- this is a good option if you have existing crown molding on your ceiling, and want to create a seamless, continuous look between your cabinetry and roof
  • Stepped -- a great option if you're looking to highlight your cabinetry design and bring in a little extra flair to your kitchen. Similar to stacked molding, you can add real volume to your cabinets. However, the main difference is that you can work with different heights between different cabinets to create a stepped look

Now that you have a better idea of the different types of crown molding, it's worth mentioning that there are a few considerations to keep in mind before you opt for this type of kitchen upgrade:

  • While crown molding is super versatile, it's important that your kitchen ceilings are 8-foot in height or more
  • It's worth installing crown molding on your walls/ceiling too -- this helps to create a sense of symmetry or balance throughout your kitchen
  • Think carefully about the design of your kitchen and the amount of space above your cabinets. If they're just not close enough to the ceiling, there's no need to add molding to your walls/ceiling. Ultimately, the height of your cabinets will help you choose the type of molding you opt for
  • In some cases, your kitchen might require molding due to existing soffits that house vents and pipe work. This will also determine the type of crown molding you end up choosing

Don't forget to consider the type of paint color exposed above your cabinets if you choose to forego a seamless crown molding look. You could also use the tops of your cabinets as a display area for kitchen decor and accessories.

While your choice of crown molding does come down to personal taste, the design of your kitchen cabinets and your ceiling height will play a big role in your final decision.

Add the Perfect Finishing Touch to Your Kitchen

Contrary to what many homeowners might think, crown molding is not only suited to homes with old-world charm. In today's day and age, there is a wide range of crown molding to suit all kitchen types and aesthetics.

If you're looking to add the perfect finishing touch to your kitchen, while bringing in a touch of character, crown molding is a great, affordable option. Learn more about our kitchen remodeling expertise and get in touch for your next free quote!