Painting crown molding is usually straightforward – just paint it the same color as the rest of the trim or woodwork in the room (the baseboards, door casings, and window sills). But if we’re painting kitchen cabinets in a new color, homeowners often ask us whether their crown molding should be painted to match. Since crown molding often joins up with the kitchen’s upper cabinets, the color choice will get noticed. We recently painted this entire kitchen as part of an extensive remodel, and I wanted to show it to you as a great example of painting crown molding to match the cabinets in order to define the room nicely.
Cabinet color: Sherwin Williams’ 7044 “Amazing Grey”
The kitchen cabinets AND the crown molding were painted in Sherwin-Williams’ “Amazing Grey”, a soft, warm gray that has green undertones. We painted the walls and ceiling in SW 7009 “Pearly White”, which carries throughout most of the house. The other woodwork in the kitchen, such as the baseboards, is “Pearly White” as well. However, together with their wonderful designer Hillary Conrey, the homeowners opted to paint the crown molding in the same “Amazing Grey” as the cabinets. The crown molding now becomes an accent that goes around the whole room and defines the area nicely. Here you can see the crown continuing into the breakfast area:
And here it leads into the alcove toward the back stairs (behind the door):
Nowhere else in the home has the crown been painted to match the cabinets like this, and it’s a fantastic example of painting crown molding in an accent color (i.e. the cabinet color) to give the room’s architecture a little extra definition. When the kitchen cabinets are painted in a nice soft green-gray like this color, it’s an especially “friendly” choice. The colored crown molding almost frames the room. Love it!