Thank you for all your comments on my kitchen reveal post. One of the reasons why the kitchen looks as fab as it does (if I do say so myself!) is the fact that the cabinets reach the ceiling with the help of crown moulding from one of my favourite suppliers Metrie. When cabinetry falls short of the ceiling it makes the kitchen look builder grade and unfinished – not to mention the dust that collects on top.
I chose a very generous but simple crown to suit my unadorned kitchen. My cabinet maker added a piece of wood/frieze tall enough so that the crown could be attached. So for not much $ or effort, my kitchen looks high end.
I recently noticed that readers were coming to my blog from the very popular Chris Loves Julia blog so I had to take a look at their post and see if maybe they had chosen my kitchen as one of their favourites from the One Room Challenge (thank you to all of of you that did.) Instead, one of their readers commented that they thought my kitchen cost $75,000 (see below.) So flattered. But it wasn’t even close to that. I really do think it’s the custom touches like the crown moulding that makes a kitchen look more expensive than it actually is. So thank you Beth Ann, whoever you are, for the lovely compliment.
Here’s another angle where you can see the crown wrapped around the ceiling. Another reason to add crown moulding in a kitchen is to hide all the electrical wiring for pot lights and wall sconces like I did here.
Above two photos by Ashley Capp.
When you go to the trouble of installing panel moulding in a room, also include crown moulding to finish it off. Here’s a Before and After shot of my previous bedroom where you can see how bland it looked before and then how elegant it looks after with the crown moulding topping off the other moulding in the room. Again, a result that is very high end for not a large $ investment.
I also think that crown moulding is the cherry on top when wallpaper is installed like in this room designed by blogger Gwen, the Makerista. I love the simple crown from Metrie she chose with the eye catching, colourful wallpaper.
You can see all of Metrie’s crown moulding products here – so many possibilities to achieve the aesthetic you are looking for. Also, be sure to read Metrie’s post on using crown moulding in bathrooms and on that same page, you can sign up for bonus content on tips when installing trim and an image of my bedroom is included. Also, follow Metrie’s blog The Finished Space for more inspiration.