Kitchen cupboard designs have graduated over the years, from upper open shelving to eliminating most upper cabinets.
There are several decorative and functional benefits to relieving a wall of its upper cabinets. Some of those include adding stunning picture windows and creating a bright and airy atmosphere. Another perk of not having upper cabinets is that you no longer have to reach up for difficult items to reach.
1. A Combination of Fewer Upper Cabinets with Open Shelving
If eliminating all the upper cabinets doesn’t work with your kitchen’s layout, combining cupboards, open walls, and open shelving makes for a gorgeous design. Shelving for dishware provides the kitchen with additional depth and removes that closed-in feeling full upper cabinets can create. Smaller kitchens without upper cabinets make sense. If done correctly, it can help create a sense of a larger area. However, it’s a problem because the necessary storage space is limited. The problem is solved if there’s a free wall to build a floor-to-ceiling pantry cupboard or an actual pantry room.
2. Windows All-Around
When your view is something to behold, there’s nothing better than enjoying it while preparing meals, sipping your coffee, or gathering with friends and family. Whether you have high ceilings or not, counter-to-ceiling windows are spectacular. If the sun beating down on your kitchen poses a problem, then look for treated windows or window treatments such as motorized blinds.
3. Urban Designs – Ideal Fit for No Upper Cupboards
Contemporary designs complement an open kitchen constructed without upper cabinets. The modern, airy, minimalist feel of urban décor is further enhanced with a kitchen that focuses on the concept that less is more. In the kitchen below, the walls are sleek and straightforward without embellishments. It’s a calming uncluttered space where a cup of coffee and clear head meet.
4. The Best of Both Worlds – A Wall of Windows with Some Upper Cabinets
A design featuring lighted glass upper cupboards combined with a wall of windows is a spectacular design. The combination of ambient lighting and day or night views makes the kitchen much more appealing to relax and gather in. Below is a kitchen with a stretch of windows instead of cupboards. The design captures the best of both worlds, indoor warmth, convenience, and outdoor freshness and beauty.
Today’s home décor designs are far more personalized and unique to the homeowner. One size doesn’t fit all. Designers look to create a space that fits their client’s needs. The only limit is imagination. Kitchen remodels are very distinctive. What one home has might never be duplicated. The above designs tell that story.
Designing a kitchen without upper cabinets is conducive to today’s trends. However, trends are not what makes a design work; creative details, uniqueness, and functionality are always king.
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