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Kitchen Without Cabinets

Open Up A long counter of drawers with no upper cabinets allows the owners of this sunny kitchen to prep and cook with a clear view into the living and dining area. Design by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd. Coordinate the Trim By trimming the windows in the same wood that was used for the cabinets, the designers at Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd., gave this kitchen the same unified look that matching upper and lower cabinets would provide. Hanging Shelves The Brooklyn-based design firm General Assembly hung shelves anchored into a steel plate in the ceiling joists in this 300-square-foot duplex to provide extra storage while maintaining a connection to the upstairs. Open Display Shelves “Open shelving works great as a mediator between functional kitchen storage space and display space,” says General Assembly designer Sarah Zames. “Items that you might keep on your living room mantel can easily nest into your kitchen storage.” Take A Recess In place of upper cabinets, certified kitchen designer Elina Katsioula-Beall uses recessed, open cubbies inside a pebble-rock wall to showcase glassware, for a sleek, modern look. Pretty in Pink The open shelves in this kitchen allowed designer Judy O’Neil Labins to make the most of the salmon-pink color she chose for the walls. Pretty shelf brackets add to the kitchen’s cottage charm. Mix It Up If you can’t decide whether to install upper cabinets or not, consider a combination. The mix of glass-front cabinets and open shelving in this kitchen by designer Laura Robbins provides visual interest as well as plenty of storage space. Continental Charm This kitchen originally had upper cabinets, but Wilson Kelsey Design felt they were ruining the French Provincial look the client desired – and making the kitchen appear to work too hard. Post-renovation, the space has a romantic, French feel but incorporates plenty of modern technology, all well hidden from view. A walk-in pantry compensates for storage space that might normally be found in a second row of cabinets. Take the Doors Off The open shelving in this kitchen by designer Lisa Kanning takes up as much wall space as cabinets would but instead of hiding plates and glassware behind doors, the shelves keep everything on display and easily accessible. Higher and Higher A soaring cathedral-style kitchen is left open on top to draw the eye upward and maximize the sense of lofty sunlight. Built-in closets offer additional storage and open shelving lends a place to keep things on display and at hand. Design by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd. Bold Backsplash In a kitchen large enough to forgo upper cabinets, the backsplash becomes a major design element. Designer Nathalie Tremblay of Atelier Cachet chose to stack white glass tiles in neat columns for an eye-catching, graphic look. Consider Functionality In this boathouse kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd., windows above the counter open to a matching counter on the outside so this area can easily be turned into a pass-through for serving food when entertaining guests. Preference for Pantries “I didn’t want to cram my kitchen full of cabinets,” says kitchen designer Jodi Gould, CKD. “I really want it to feel just like another room of the house.” The built-in pantry Gould designed was much less expensive than cabinetry and holds all her food and dry goods. “The more floor-to-ceiling storage you can pack in,” she says, “the more open upper space you’ll be left with, giving any kitchen a larger feel.” Simple Shelves In this kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architects, simple, linear shelves echo the lines of the subway tile that go all the way up to the ceiling. The black of the shelves pop, adding visual interest to the otherwise mostly white kitchen. For shelves that blend in, choose the same color as the walls – or go with glass. It’s All in the Editing When a client had Bill Fry Construction convert an old garage into a guesthouse, she chose open shelving to showcase books and art. Because the space isn’t the home’s primary kitchen, less storage is needed. In a busier kitchen, careful editing is the key to making open shelving work. Vive le View With a stunning view of the Plum Island Salt Marsh, it seems a shame to obstruct it with cabinets. In this kitchen by Andrew Sidford Architects, all storage is below counter and island height with the walls reserved for windows. The Sky’s The Limit It might be tempting to pack a high-ceilinged kitchen with cabinetry but keeping the space spare will give you a more elegant kitchen. This large kitchen by designer Ines Hanl provided enough storage space down low, so the room could be kept open to maximize the beauty of the skyward-sweeping walls.
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Kitchen Without Cabinets

If you’re looking to give your kitchen a facelift, look no further than the cabinets. Whether they store food, plates, appliances, or all three, cabinets often take up the majority of the real estate in the kitchen, both physically and visually. This means that your cabinets may be the most important decision you’ll make in decorating your kitchen—along with a few other vital, big-ticket items like the refrigerator and oven. So why not look for cabinet options that will help set your kitchen apart from the rest? We found 11 alternatives that will keep feeling fresh and new, whether you’re sitting down to breakfast, lunch, or dinner. By Sara Carpenter Expanded View >
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Kitchen Without Cabinets

But even a small kitchen can benefit from cutting the upper cabinets. Why? It makes a space feel so much more open, and it leaves the wall space free for something just as important: Windows. This is why I decided to go without upper cabinets in the new kitchen I am building right now. It’s not a huge kitchen, although it is more generous than an urban apartment kitchen usually would be. (It’s in an old house in the Midwest.) I wanted yards of windows for light and breeze.
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Kitchen Without Cabinets

I also adore your kitchen. When we renovated ours, there just wasn’t enough room to forego the upper cabinets, but in an ideal world, I would do as you have done. We did put in nice deep substantial drawers all down one wall and beside the sink which are fabulous. I love having all my pots in a drawer as well as baking things, pasta things. We don’t have a walk-in pantry but we did install a “pantry” unit to match the kitchen with pull-out drawers and that holds a ton of things. When we have visited England (which we have done 8 times in our lives) we noticed that they design their kitchens, for the most part, without the upper cabinets also. Our friends who live there, in the Yorkshire Dales, had no upper cabinets and I loved the look and the space it gave them. It’s definitely a good way to do, if you have the room. Bex recently posted..Shout-Out Sunday No. 9 – Hummingbirds

Kitchen Without Cabinets

After seeing Melissa’s kitchen here I did the same! (We start tearing out the old kitchen on Monday– yay!) It helped when I realized that having cabinets over the range would also mean having to clean up all the gross grease and steam hanging out on those cabinets. The sheer grodiness of it (even with a hood over my range) made it an easy decision. And there is something about the cabinets just HULKING over you while you cook, chop, or mix that is depressing. I cook everything (everything!) from scratch due to food allergies in the house, so I have loads of special flours and stuff as well as the usual pantry items. But a 30-inch pantry with pullout shelves nearby (plus the drawers in the island) are going to hold everything.
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Kitchen Without Cabinets

Climb the Wall Utilize every square inch of storage potential on interior walls by taking cabinetry all the way to the ceiling. (You can always use a rolling library ladder to reach contents!) Then be smart about what you store where. Ceiling-high cabinets should be used for storing seldom-used items such as a turkey roaster or a punch bowl and cups. Cabinets just above the counter should hold the dishes and ingredients you reach for every day. See more of this cook-friendly kitchen with sky-high cabinets.  Tags: Kitchen Design, Storage Ideas, Organization Post a comment
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Kitchen Without Cabinets

I have always thought that upper cabinets were useless and ugly. If your kitchen is small and you dont have a pantry, another solution is a tall (possibly antique) cabinet with shelves also at eye level.Far more stuff can be stored in it and it can be a real wow factor. I find modern kitchens so very boring and totaly without character. Be inventive, its your kitchen and you will probably end up spending far less than if you listen to those who are trying to sell you as many cabinets as possible. I also agree that draws are wonderful (far far better than cupboards) as there is less bending and you can see everything at a glance.

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