Staggered Cabinet Height?
I am remodeling our 1980's kitchen and I have a question on kitchen cabinet heights. I have 8 foot ceilings and the cabinets are to be staggered between 30" and 36". I am doing a full overlay so was told 42" would be too tall with the crown. The designer has the 30" cabs with a 2" crown and the 36" cabs with a 4" filler valance and a 2" crown, in order to bring them to the ceiling. That is causing a 10" difference in the heights of the 2 different sized cabinets. I think they will look funny with that pronounced a difference in heights, especially since I want a more contempory look. Normally when I see pics of staggered cabinets, they appear about 6" different in heights. I asked her to remove the 4" filler valance, but she says that I will then have a 4" gap between the top of the 36" cabinet and the ceiling and that would be a big dust collector and wouldn't look right. I would appreciate any thoughts or opinions.