Ah, crown moldings and shaker doors. A match made in heaven.
If you know a thing or two about architectural history, you know that shaker cabinet doors and crown moldings come from two very different worlds. One is all about simplicity and the other is about extravagance.
But sometimes when you're refacing older kitchens, you run into crown molding attached to the cabinets. Or maybe you just like to combine and blend different styles.
Regardless, with shaker doors being the most popular cabinet door style right now, it can be hard to figure out the best direction to go when it comes to molding. Shaker doors are known for their simplicity and clean lines. Whereas crown molding is known for its intricate details and strong visual appearance.
That's why we put together a list of the 3 most popular crown moldings to pair with shaker doors that offer that simplistic, modern look without overdoing it. Let's dive in.
But first, a brief history lesson
Shaker cabinet doors originate from a religious group in the 18th century called the Shakers. They were known for their simplistic and practical approach to life, which was reflected in the furniture they made.
They took a lot of pride in their furniture. Their designs were durable, simplistic, and understated. Intricate details and elaborate carvings were not allowed.
You can see these features carry over with shaker cabinet doors. With a flat center panel and square edges, shakers are very clean with very minimal details and profiling. No decorative embellishments whatsoever.
Shaker doors and drawer fronts
Crown molding, however, dates back to the Egyptians. They would carve molding from stone to create ornate details for their columns and the exterior of buildings. The focus was always the details of each piece. Because they were so detailed and handcrafted, moldings were a symbol of wealth.
In the Shaker's eyes, crown molding was considered an embellishment and seen as unnecessary. That's why it can be a difficult choice on which style of crown to use when you're working with shaker doors.
As designers and makers, it's important to understand the historical significance of different design periods and aesthetics. However we also have the freedom to experiment and blend different styles.
So here are our top 3 picks of crown molding that still uphold the simplistic, modern aesthetic of shaker doors.
1.) Craftsman Crown
A craftsman crown is a classic and traditional option that looks great with Shaker doors.
It features clean smooth lines with eased edges and linear characteristics.
It works perfectly with shaker doors because it's still simplistic, but adds a bit of dimension with that eased edge and slight curvature in the crown. Very sleek without overdoing it.
If you're still looking for more detail, you can do a spin on this look and carve more details in the crown, like below:
Cove is similar to Craftsman, but it has a deeper concave edge. Which gives the kitchen a more elegant, but still modern look.
Because shaker doors are so straight and rectangular, the cove molding adds a nice contrast with it's curvature, but doesn't overpower and still keeps the simplicity alive.
3.) Straight top case
This one's pretty popular and sticks to the theme of the shaker doors. The top molding is straight and pretty much as square as it gets - making the cabinet boxes and molding appear as one.
This is a great option if you really just want the doors to shine on their own. The molding doesn't add any interest or drama, which in this case, is a good thing.
Keep it simple
With shaker doors, simple is key.
And with crown molding, the best piece of advice we can give you is: use a simple molding design with simpler door styles, like Shakers. The detailed crowns are more appropriate with detailed door styles.
Like we said above though, it is important to understand what different architectural styles bring to the table. But it's also ultimately up to you. Experiment, combine, and blend different components together to create your own custom look. A true craftsman can make anything look good.