Shaker Style Kitchen Crown Moulding

Crown Moulding is an embellishment.  Shakers were very plain folks.  So Shaker and Crown Moulding in the same sentence is rather odd when you sit down and think about it.  It does exist though, and there are a couple of ways to do it.

While many manufacturers make crown molding in a "Shaker" style, it's always looked odd to me.  The whole concept, when you think about it, is a little odd in fact.  The Shakers were pretty plain folks.  Their furniture is pretty much all straight lines, with nothing in the way or ornaments.  But many of today's kitchen owners want simple and Shaker on one hand, and fancier stuff (crown molding) on the other hand.

Shaker Style Crown Molding


With Shaker door styles being so square, a diagonal piece of molding coming off the tops of the cabinets seems out of place.  Here are a couple of molding profiles offered by Kabinart and Bertch:   Most manufacturers offer a similar type of molding. 




Shaker Crown Molding Made with Filler Strips or Square Stock


Now here's another method of doing it that I think is more in line with the Shaker look.  It entails nothing but long filler strips (remember, straight lines for Shaker) used sideways.   What I've got is one set of filler strips (they come in eight foot lengths, just like molding) right on top of the cabinets, then another set attached to the fronts of those that go up higher.  Some manufacturers make what's called "square four sides" molding, which is exactly that.  It's square and finished on all four sides.  That would be ideal for something like this. Technically, crown molding is used to hide the line formed by a wall meeting the ceiling.  But lots of people put crown molding on the tops of their cabinets even when the molding is not going to touch the ceiling at all.  To each his own, but it seems that if crown molding is a must I think the moulding style ought to at least adhere to the door style it's supposed to compliment.  

As always, feel free to chime in.


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2 responses to “Shaker Style Kitchen Crown Moulding”

  1. Curtis says:

    This is a great article. Our cabinets came with crown molding which is not what I think of as shaker. I think they just put the same molding on all styles. I like the clean lines of our cabinets and the molding takes that away. Your article helped me decide to go plain. We have a modern house and the plain style suits or minimalist attitudes. Thanks again.

  2. Skeeter says:

    Thanks. This is the confirmation I needed. Colonial crown molding on shaker cabinets is just wrong.

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