9 Great Decorative Touches for That Custom Cabinetry Look

April 1, 2013No comments

I think it’s safe to say that we all want a kitchen that has personality and speaks to the character of our home. While décor and furnishings are regularly used to accomplish this, some of the most impactful strategies are often overlooked. Incorporating design accents and decorative touches at the cabinetry level can really give your kitchen style and that custom look.

Following are some ideas for knocking your cabinetry design out of the park.

Molding

Molding can be used in multiple ways with cabinetry. The most recognizable use is as crown molding to top the upper wall cabinets. Here, molding draws the eye up and adds detail to create a finished look. Try combining multiple molding pieces to create a unique build-up for your cabinetry design.cherry cabinet with grooved raised panel door, inset style and ceiling crown molding

Molding can be used elsewhere to great effect too. Bring in detail by using it as trim on baseboards, casing windows, and creating light rails on the bottom of wall cabinets to hide fixtures.

Corbels & Supports

Corbels not only support to the counter, but they also add beauty to the kitchen design. Corbels tend can be very ornate but they can also be found in cleaner, less flashy styles.

Similar to corbels, counter supports enable you to extend the further from the base cabinets. They can help you add an extra foot of workspace and support enough overhang to build in a barstool seating area.

White kitchen island with counter supports

The island features counter supports, which add detail and provide structure for the countertop.

Aprons

You can find aprons under a counter overhang. They typically don’t provide support for the counter, but their presence creates a cohesive look by cleanly transitioning from the cabinetry to the seating.

Legs

You’ll always find an apron paired with some sort of decorative leg. However, aprons are not a requirement of leg support. Decorative legs enable you to extend the length and square footage of your counter. You’ll commonly find them on the kitchen island, but explore using them at the end of run of wall cabinetry for extra originality.

Large kitchen with painted white cabinets

The apron on the right of the island helps transition from cabinetry to decorative leg support.

Varying Depths and Heights

Play around with the heights and depths of cabinetry. Too much cabinetry can create a visual heaviness in your space. Varying dimensions helps break up the elevation and create visual interest. Use varied heights and depths to emphasize special areas of your kitchen.

White cabinets at varying heights

The varied heights of the cabinets along the right wall add interest to this kitchen.

Decorative End Panels

In many kitchens, runs of cabinetry often end without connecting directly with a wall. Consider adding a decorative end panel, in the same style as your cabinetry doors, on the ends for a unified look. If you’re pushing your budget, however, this is an element that is easily replaced with a plain end panel.

Valances

Traditionally, valances are used above the sink between two cabinets. Valances can also help hide unsightly fixtures and electrical cords. Those seeking originality, however, should explore using valances in other places. Consider using them under cabinets for floor-level detail and in kitchen island pieces for a solid furniture look.

White kitchen with cabinet valance

Notice the large, long valance over the sink, which helps connect the two runs of cabinetry. Decorative end panels are present on the ends of the cabinetry and island.

Open Shelves

While the primary goal of cabinetry is storage, don’t be afraid to utilize it for display. Open shelving areas are great for showing off décor, holding recipe books, and even storing your wine collection.

Feet

What happens at ground level is just as important as what happens at eye level. Integrating feet at the bottom of your cabinets gives your cabinetry a free-standing furniture feel and helps emphasize special areas.

White kitchen with open shelving

Open shelving on the right end of the sink wall is perfect for display. Notice the feet at the bottom of the sink cabinets, which help highlight this area of the kitchen.

 

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