5 Cabinet Accent Ideas to Embellish Your New Kitchen

When you’re putting together a brand new kitchen, or doing a full remodel, the cabinetry will most likely be the most expensive part of the project. It will also be the most prominent. In fact, on average, kitchen cabinets take up around 40% of the entire remodeling budget.

In many ways, cabinets are much more than just a place to store your kitchen equipment. They are a prime opportunity to showcase your unique sense of style and proudly present a vibe for not just the kitchen, but the rest of the house!

Adding accents to your cabinets is one of the best ways add character to the room. Here are five ideas to consider.

1. Mouldings

Adding mouldings to your kitchen cabinets is a great way to give the room some extra flair.

Cabinet mouldings refer to decorative pieces used to give the cabinetry a custom, polished look. Moulding is commonly used around the edges, typically to fill in the space between the cabinets and the floor or the ceiling.

Some of the popular moulding types include:

  • Stacked– This a great option for crown moulding. It involves several layers of material placed on top of each other to create a “stacked” look for a towering visual effect.
  • Insert– Insert moulding refers to a decorate series of pieces incorporated into the cabinets exterior around the edges. This provides a lot of opportunities for customization and is great for giving your kitchen a unique look.
  • Light Rail– This is becoming an increasingly trendy choice. Light rail moulding involves fixtures tucked neatly under cabinet edges used to enhance the room in a soft and subtle way.

In terms of style, your options are virtually endless. Regardless of whether you want a more simplistic look, or want to go all out with an elaborate style, this is where you can really let the room’s personality shine. If you’re having trouble deciding, don’t hesitate to reach out for an expert opinion.

2. Legs and Feet

Adding decorative legs and feet to your cabinetry can do a lot to spruce up your kitchen with a furniture-like look. These components can be an influential factor in showcasing the room’s overall theme. They are also great for bringing focus to certain areas. For instance, if you want to highlight the importance of the sink, cooktop, or island, placing fancy legs and feet on the sides of the cabinets are a great way to do so.

Similar to tables, chairs, and sofas, cabinet legs and feet are added to the bottom to raise the unit off the floor.

There are many choices and styles to choose from in this area. Here are a few of the most commonly used for legs:

  • Tapered – In the interest of keeping it simple, tapered legs are a good choice that isn’t overly bold. The design starts wider at the top and gently gets narrower as it reaches the floor.
  • Turning-Style – This design certainly puts more of an exclamation point on the kitchen cabinetry. These legs are constructed with a lathe and typically come in more intricate design variations.
  • Pilaster – These are meant to be attached to the outside corners of the base cabinets and come in all shapes and sizes. Pilasters give you all kinds of opportunities to get creative while providing structural support.

Here are several popular cabinet feet choices:

  • Metal– With a variety of materials to choose from, using metal feet is a great way to give the bottom of your cabinets some extra shine.
  • Tulip– Shaped similar to the flower, this foot type refers to a rounded design that starts with a wide, gentle curve at the top and gets gradually narrower until it reaches the floor.
  • Bun– Carved to be short and round, bun feet are a great way to give the bottom of your cabinets a sleek and chiseled look.

These suggestions only scratch the surface of the variations you can choose. If you want to use legs and feet to highlight your cabinetry, take your time and shop around.

3. Corbels

Corbel accents are primarily used for countertop bracket support. These typically require heavier materials and are a fantastic way to add accented beauty while providing reinforcement.

They are composed of a solid material that should be selected to compliment your existing cabinetry. In most cases, these supports should not be less than 36 inches long.

Corbels do not always have to be used as counter supports. They are great to use as room dividers. For example, if you want to create a bit of separation between the kitchen and dining area, using corbels at the end of your cabinets is a great way to do so with a unique, stylish look.

Wooden corbels are the most common material types you will find. However, polished metal, such as iron, is another popular choice. Metal corbels can do wonders to highlight the character of your kitchen cabinets.

4. Split turnings

Split turnings are charming accent elements that are great for embellishing taller cabinets. They are typically meant to be placed in between the individual cupboards. Split turnings are flat on the side that connects to the cabinets (obviously), and you can choose the style that faces outward.

These can easily resemble the leg of a table and are great for highlighting certain features of your kitchen. An interesting way people use split turnings is to give amenities, such as the sink or stovetop, a table-like look that goes all the way to the floor.

Electing to use this accent in your kitchen is an elegant way to bring focus to each aspect of your cabinetry.


5. Handles/Pulls

The hardware sometimes tends to be a forgotten factor in a kitchen remodel. After spending copious amounts of time choosing the cabinet style and determining the finer details of the ambiance you want to project, many think the prospect of choosing handles and pulls will be easy.

Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. The hardware plays a bigger role in a kitchen than most people assume. Be sure you don’t make any impulsive decisions here, as a poor choice can easily throw off the entire feel of your kitchen.

The handles and pulls are the quintessential examples of where function meets beauty. They act as the mediator between your hands and the beautiful finish on your cabinets.

When making your selections, there are no strict rules to abide by. However, many homeowners these days are electing to use a chrome or brushed nickel color.

While the handles and pulls don’t necessarily need to match your faucets and other amenities, they should work to complement the rest of your cabinets and the style you are looking to present.


When choosing accents for your kitchen cabinets, many times, the choices you make are bold statements in relation to the tone you want to set for your home. This process should not be done on a whim.

At San Diego Kitchen Pros, our near 30 years of experience in kitchen remodels and cabinet refacing in San Diego has given us a keen eye for this type of design work. Whatever style you are going for, we will work with you and provide the proper guidance to help you get the most out of your kitchen cabinets.