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9 Types of Kitchen Cabinet Molding for Your Home

Cabinet molding can help customize your kitchen project by adding detail or the necessary support that your new kitchen cabinets need.  You may have heard of how crown molding adds detail, but did you know that molding can also help guarantee spacing alignment and ensures that there is no exposed wood or noticeable sharp edges after installation?

To find the perfect combination of cabinet molding for your kitchen, you'll want to coordinate it with the cabinet type and door style to verify that they complement each other. See below for 9 types of kitchen cabinet molding that you can choose from for your renovation.

Types of Kitchen Cabinet Molding

Light Rail Molding

Light rail molding is used at the base of cabinets above the counter to help conceal the lighting under the cabinet. We suggest installing this type of kitchen cabinet molding for functionality as they deflect the light glare, while also adding a decorative touch. Make sure to choose a light rail molding that matches your crown molding to create a cohesive look.

light rail kitchen cabinet molding

Dentil Molding

Dentil molding is used as a decorative component on the top of your cabinets and is also commonly used around doors and ceilings. Each block is cut using exact measurements and is installed to ensure the spacing is equal, so you'll want to double check your measurements before ordering the molding.

dentil kitchen cabinet molding

Scribe Molding

Scribe molding is a thin piece of trim that covers any gaps between your cabinets and the wall. This is an easy way to solve any visible inconsistencies once your installation is complete. It's common for the walls and ceilings to be inconsistent if you're remodeling a kitchen in a historic home, so keep in mind that you might need to add scribe molding after the installation.

scribe kitchen cabinet molding

Crown Molding

Crown molding is decorative trim that is added to the top of your cabinets. The benefit of installing crown molding is that it draws the eye upward, showcasing the elegance of your cabinets. Crown molding can either bond with the ceiling or allow for space above the cabinet. If you have high ceilings, we recommend leaving space below your ceiling so your cabinets aren't installed out of reach.

crown kitchen cabinet molding

Outside Corner Molding

The outside corner molding covers the raw edges of your cabinets with a decorative touch. You'll need to match the height and width of your corner pieces with the molding that's extending the width of your cabinets to make sure that they are united. It's not required to install corner molding, but if you have a more traditional kitchen kitchen, they will add a touch of sophistication.

outside corner kitchen cabinet molding

Riser Molding

Riser molding helps raise the crown molding so it bonds with the ceiling. Some people like to show space above the cabinets to display decorative items, but if you rather close them off and avoid the buildup of dust, risers will help you close off the space if your crown molding isn't quite thick enough.

riser kitchen cabinet molding

Base Molding

Base molding adds a unique detail at the foot of your cabinets similar to the floor molding that's common in many homes. The proliferated edge of this type of kitchen cabinet molding typically faces up introducing architectural interest and a foundation to your cabinets.

base kitchen cabinet molding

Toe Kick Molding

Toe kick molding covers the toe space of the cabinets to cover the exposed wood and allows your feet to stand closer to your workspace. This is both important for functionality and having a clean design. You can either use the same wood as the rest of your cabinets or use a color or material that pops against the rest.

toe kick kitchen cabinet molding


Fillers can either fill unplanned space where the cabinet meets the wall or can be added to avoid allowing the edge of the cabinet doors or drawers to hit the wall when opened. This may seem like minor detail, but can help you utilize every cabinet properly.

kitchen cabinet fillers

Once you have the style of your kitchen cabinets selected, keep these types of kitchen cabinet molding in mind before installation. If you notice some unexpected gaps or feel like your cabinets are lacking design elements, you can always introduce molding to your kitchen after the installation without needing to alter the cabinets themselves.

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