Wednesday, February 8

Finishing with Moldings

Some of my clients don't realize that the finalizing touch on cabinets includes moldings.  Especially when bringing your cabinetry all the way up to the ceiling, molding is an important aspect, and finishes off the space.  Another great place for molding is under the cabinetry, used to hide under cabinet lighting, as well as a finished product. Other places that molding and accents are great for is under the cabinets, using decorative toe kick moldings, as well as decorative legs, corbels, and feet.  

This crown molding by Kraftmaid Cabinetry is a simple installation that finishes off wall cabinets nicely.  You can even place a small insert into this molding, such as a rope molding, dentil, egg and dart, etc.  
This lovely design by Mitre Contracting Inc. shows a rope molding paired with a classic crown molding design, as well as a decorative on-lay over the hood.  On-lays are great for adding interest to a focal point like over the range hood, as well as over the sink or refrigerator.  
This toe space molding by Vigilant Inc. is a great way to finish off the back of an island, or even an entertainment center or other furniture style pieces.  
This under-cabinet molding hides any under-cabinet lighting, as well as finishes off the bottom of the  cabinetry, and this style of molding can also hide the not so pretty bottom of the cabinets.  
And this design, also by Kraftmaid, shows both a decorative toe kick molding and a decorative foot under the cabinet.  
Even if the budget is limited, most moldings aren't going to push you over the top.  When comparing a kitchen with and with out molding, side by side, it's agreed by all of my clients, that the kitchen really does look better with molding.  Even if the budget is tight, a single molding is much better than no molding at all.