15 Types of Molding to Update Your Kitchen

Molding to Update Your Kitchen

Adding molding to your walls, cabinets, or ceilings can help enhance the most basic room. Molding allows any homeowner to truly customize their home, no matter what their style is. See the many molding options you can add depth, detail, and richness to your kitchen.


Crown molding are those added trim pieces at the top of the room - usually where the ceiling and walls meet or at the top of cabinets. There are a few types of crown molding:

#1 - Traditional Crown

This type of molding tends to be the most standard in homes. Although it is the standard style of molding, adding it to your home can make your home look and feel more upscale. Keep in mind this style of molding doesn't fit with every style of home. Traditional Crown Molding, like in the name, is very traditional, so it will work best with a classic style home.

#2 - Stacked Crown

This type of molding is made up of many pieces of molding that are stacked on top of one another for a uniformed look. Installed this type of molding in homes that have ceilings higher than 8 or 9 feet. Stacked Crown Molding works as a decorative and functional element that adds character to your room while ridding the gap between your cabinets and ceiling.

#3 - Stepped Crown

Stepped, or staggered, molding is found above cabinets and vary in heights. This popular custom renovation technique refines and accentuates the cabinet arrangement. You can empathize the stepped design with with stacked molding on higher cabinet boxes and less stacked molding on the lower boxes.

#4 - Interior Crown

Interior Crown Molding is placed around the perimeter of a room's ceiling. This type of molding is typically found above kitchen cabinets to fill the gap between the cabinets and ceiling. It also incorporates the ceiling's crown molding for continuity.


Crown molding are those added trim pieces at the top of the room - usually where the ceiling and walls meet or at the top of cabinets. There are a few types of crown molding:

#5 - Edge Molding

This type of molding can be added to almost every part of a cabinet or shelf. Edge molding is added to the outside edge or boarder of a cabinet or shelving. Molding, especially decorative moldings, will add a new design feature to your cabinetry while giving your room more character.

#6 - Light Molding

Light Molding is installed at the bottom of cabinets to conceal under cabinet lighting. This type of molding offers a huge impact, for a small price.

-Shoe Molding

Unlike other molding options that fill the gap between cabinets and ceiling, Shoe Molding connects base cabinets to the flooring. Shoe Molding, also known as quarter round, can be made to match your cabinetry or to match your flooring.

#7 - Applied Molding

Applied Molding can be installed on surface of walls or cabinetry. In a kitchen, this molding style is typically used around the range hood to coordinate the door styles throughout the room or home.

#8 - Bottom Molding

Molding at the bottom of the base cabinet doors and above the toe kick is also known as bottom molding. This molding can be used on kitchen islands to make them appear more like furniture.

#9 - Dentil Molding

Dentil Molding is created with blocks attached in sequence with a small gap between them. It can be used in perimeter room crown molding or at the top of cabinets to add extra dimension.

#10 - Skin Panels

Skin Panels are a type of trim molding that are used to unify a new look in a kitchen. For example, kitchens where you are painting oak cabinets often have an end cabinet where the side panels have deep grain. Adding a skin can smooth out the look and help it match to newer enameled cabinetry.

#11 - Corner Molding

Inside and outside corner molding can cover raw edges of cabinetry, making the look much more polished.

#12 - Scribe Molding

Scribe molding is a thin piece of trim that covers any gaps between your cabinets and the wall. It's a way solve any visible inconsistencies that occur when remodeling in older homes.

#13 - Toe Kick Molding

Toe Kick molding covers the toe space (indented space where the floor and lower cabinets meet) to cover the exposed wood and allows your feet to stand closer to your workspace.

#14 - Filler Molding

Filler can either fill unplanned space where the cabinet meets the wall or can be added to space the cabinets so drawers and doors can open to their full capacity.

#15 - Starter / Riser

A Starter or Riser Molding is used as a mounting frame for other moldings to increase the overall height of a crown molding group, or to connect the cabinets with the ceiling, eliminating the space between the upper cabinets & ceiling. It can vary in height depending on the gap that needs to be filled.

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