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Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets

Discover the importance of cabinet moldings in your kitchen, from aesthetics to functionality. Explore popular molding types for upper, base, and aesthetic detailing.

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Cabinet moldings are one of the most ignored design aspects in the kitchen. But the beauty lies in the details. The type of cabinet molding that you choose can highly impact the look and appeal of your kitchen. Apart from looks, it could also improve the longevity of the cabinets by giving the right support.

So, you must know what kind of molding is suitable for what areas of your kitchen. And how it will make your kitchen look after installation. Check out the most popular types of cabinet moldings.

Why are kitchen cabinet moldings important?

Here are a few reasons you must choose your kitchen moldings very carefully. 

  • Enhanced aesthetics: kitchen moldings can add a unique design element to even the plainest of kitchen cabinets. They act as a new layer of detail or design that can be chosen according to your taste.
  • Conceal imperfections: there can be any number of imperfections on the wall plastering or the cabinets themselves. Moldings can help conceal them from all sides, top, bottom, front, or sides. 
  • Add durability: as moldings add a new layer of safety to your kitchen cabinets, the base cabinet material is less exposed to several wear-and-tear elements in the kitchen. 
  • Practical upgrade: different types of molding designs offer easy upgrades as well as improved functionality. They could either help you optimally use your storage space or open options for customization. 

You may choose to install moldings on both upper and lower cabinets. Besides, some designs may even be more versatile. So, instead of adjusting with the bare-bone cabinets, here are some of the most common moldings for kitchen cabinets you must choose from. 

Moldings for upper cabinets

Crown molding

As the name suggests, crown molding sits on the top of the cabinet. It is a decorative trim that adds an intricate detail to the cabinet. Shaped just like a crown at the top, the molding looks stylish and attractive. 

Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets Crown molding

Crown molding works to bridge the gap between the ceiling and the cabinet. However, it can also be added to cabinets that do not reach the ceiling. It is a must-have for traditional wooden kitchen cabinets.

Dentil molding

Dentil molding is similar to crown molding except that it has a characteristic block pattern. It is added towards the upper side of the cabinets and symbolizes the Greek and Roman styles. While they also elevate the height of the cabinet, you might use the molding as a support to store items above the wall cabinets.

Dentil molding Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets

Riser molding

Riser molding is added to elevate the height of crown/dentil moldings. Also called starter molding, it has a vertical design and is sandwiched between the cabinet top and the crown molding

Riser molding helps you customize the height of the overall molding, depending on its own height. So, in case you have just a bit of a gap that the crown molding is not able to touch, riser molding is what you’ll need. 

Light rail molding

If you want to add under-cabinet lights at the bottom of upper cabinets, go for light rail molding. It will act as a decorative trim and hide the under-cabinet lighting fixtures. While it conceals all the wiring, you’ll get a clean and finished look. 

Light rail molding Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets

Some light rail moldings even have a built-in channel that helps diffuse light. With diffused lighting, you will not have to worry about harsh light glare. It also protects the lighting fixtures and wiring from moisture and steam from cooking. 

Moldings for base-level cabinets

Base molding

Base molding is added to the floor cabinets for protection as well as decoration. This molding bridges the gap between the cabinet and the floor and prevents things from rolling over under the cabinet. Base molds ensure the cabinets have wear and tear protection. Besides, it will keep you from bumping your foot into the cabinet’s legs.

Base molding Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets

Cabinet toe kicks

Toe kick molding plays a crucial role in both the functionality and aesthetic of your kitchen. With cabinet toe kicks, you can cover unfinished woodwork. The inward design of toe kick molding makes it different from the seamless under-cabinet molding. From a functionality aspect, this molding allows you to stand close and work comfortably on the countertop. 

Cabinet toe kicks, Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets

Moldings for aesthetic detailing

Scribe molding

It is common for the walls to have slight discrepancies in plastering. That’s why it is used to fill in the uneven gaps between the cabinet and the wall. This molding is very easily inserted between the cabinets and the wall wherever there is space. In fact, it is the last or finishing step when installing or renovating wall cabinets. 

Scribe molding Types of Moldings for Kitchen Cabinets

Corner molding

Corner molding is a must-have for every professionally designed kitchen. It adds an additional layer of detailing that makes your kitchen look a bit more sophisticated. But apart from aesthetics, it also protects the cabinet doors from wear and tear. Corner molding can also be used in combination with other cabinet moldings. 

Skin panels

If you have unfinished or exposed sides of the cabinets, skin panels can help you add a finished look. They are generally made from wood and conceal all the exposed edges and sides of your kitchen cabinet. Skin panels protect the cabinet material from moisture, wear, and tear. Its installation is also very easy for even amateur professionals. 

Wrapping up 

Moldings are the most attractive and elegant elements of your kitchen cabinetry. Decorative moldings can especially add a new look and feel to your cabinetry. But these moldings can do a lot more than just decorate. They also enhance the functionality and durability of the wall and floor cabinetry in your kitchen. 

Moreover, these can be added to both traditional and modern kitchens. You just have to pick the right designs, colors, and materials that match your overall theme. For more queries about molding, get in touch with our experts, and they will help you out.


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