An easy way to make your cabinets “pop” is by adding details such as moldings, appliqués and onlays.

It adds cost, but gives you the magazine-worthy custom-cabinet look for less than the cost of going with custom cabinetry.

Let’s look at the various ways to create cabinets that are eye-catching and rich looking with different types of add-ons:


Beautiful moldings dress up a room, and they do the same for cabinets, taking them from basic boxes to detailed pieces of built-in furniture:

  • Adding feet to kitchen (and bathroom) cabinets is a popular trend. The addition of feet makes simple cabinetry look more like fine furniture.
  • Not many things add a designer “fingerprint” like crown moldings do. It bridges the gap between the top of the cabinets and the ceiling and creates a seamless transition. Classy!
  • A classic French Provincial bathroom is dripping with elegance thanks to the use of curved cabinetry, and liberal use of moldings.
  • Moldings can be added to nearly every part of a cabinet and even to the edges of shelves to dress them up and add interest.

Cabinet Appliqués and Onlays

  • The addition of scroll-work creates rich detail not often seen in today’s traditional-style kitchens.
  • In this classic old-world style kitchen, designers added scroll work, corbels (on the island) and cabinet feet for a truly custom-built look.
  • A Victorian kitchen looks period thanks to the decorative onlays on dark wood cabinets.
  • This onlay stands out beautifully through the use of a contrasting colors of stain.

Be as subtle or as lavish as you want with the use of moldings, appliqués and add-ons, and make your cabinets look more interesting and more expensive at the same time.

In the Raleigh and Triangle area of North Carolina, contact us at Edgewood Cabinetry for the finest cabinetry available. Our master cabinet-maker, Pete Rafferty has been practicing his art and craftsmanship for more than 30 years, ensuring the top-quality cabinetry you’re looking for!