Here are a few ways to achieve the custom look you’re after…
Add some custom molding to your kitchen perimeter, peninsulas, and islands. This will set your kitchen apart from others. Your kitchen will appear more substantial and visually attractive.
Crown is an amazing feature to incorporate in your design to add height and detail. The impact is huge, by building up the cabinets to the ceiling and trimming it out with crown molding, it instantly creates a custom, high-end vibe. We also like to add crown to ceilings next to our cabinets and continue around the rest of the kitchen. Even if you do not have your cabinets built to the ceiling, adding crown molding to the top of unfinished cabinets completes the overall look.
We recommend adding decorative door panels to cabinets whenever the cabinetry doesn’t end at a wall. The picture above shows door panels beside the fridge. The end panels should match the style of your cabinet doors and drawers. Your kitchen cabinets will look more polished and finished off when end panels are added.
Valances and Corbels
Decorative valances are added to upper cabinets and come in many different shapes and styles. They can be used to hide under-cabinet lighting or exhaust fans (Light rail). A valance above the stovetop adds a decorative touch. Valances can also be used in the toe-space in base cabinets to give it a furniture-look.
Corbels can be a decorative alternative to support a countertop on an island overhang. Corbels are shown in the picture above as a decorative feature flanking each side of a vent hood to give a more traditional feel.
There may be a spot in your kitchen that isn’t essential to food prep or cleaning where you can add a more decorative style toe kick. A more detailed toe kick or furniture mold will give an island a look of being free-standing furniture.
The picture above has low tapered legs giving a simpler look that often fits well with a contemporary project. There are many different leg options to choose from. Adding legs to cabinets is a simple way to add character and craft a furniture look for your custom cabinets.
An apron, when referring to cabinets, is the piece of wood under and around the countertop overhang on an island or peninsula. The standard height for an apron is 3″ and you’ll want to ensure you allow room for legs under the countertop.