Kitchen Ideas - Lose the Upper Cabinets

Sometimes less is more. In this case, less kitchen cabinetry. I am not talking about giving up storage, rather, I am referring to kitchen aesthetic and design. Having loads of cabinets is a storage dream but, sometimes too many cabinets can be overwhelming and cold. If you are able to give up some storage space losing some, or all of, your upper cabinetry can yield a beautiful and well designed kitchen. 

Not convinced? Get inspiration from these well designed kitchens.

kitchen with grey cabinets and subway tile - No upper cabinets and drawers for dishes instead...
via The Inspired Room

Sunny kitchen. No upper shelving. Love this for both the view and art posibilities, but need a walk in pantry.
via Design Mom
kitchens with no upper cabinets | Many of the photos above have a fabulous window wall instead of uppers ...
via Coats Homes
Get rid of your lower doors (cabinets) and use box drawers. No more bending over to see what is in there hiding.
via Pacific Northwest Cabinetry

A custom kitchen with timeless creamy white cabinetry, granite counters, wide-plank reclaimed hardwood floors, high-end appliances, like an Aga, Viking or Wolf Range and coffered ceilings.
via the Decoist
Dark counters with white shaker style cabinets. Plaster hood with stainless shelf.
via For the Love of a House

Open shelving and rustic cabinets contrast beautifully with sleek subway tile.
via Centsational Girl

If you want to lose your upper cabinets but are concerned about storage, rethink your lower cabinets. Retrofit them with plate racks or pull out drawers for better storage solutions. Also, adding shelves to the wall still provides storage but without a bulky wall cabinet. Take stock of your kitchen before tearing out any cabinetry (or designing a new kitchen). Figure out how you can better use your cabinetry and what you could display on open shelving. All white dishes look great on display. Giving the eye a place to rest creates a warm and inviting space.

Happy decorating!


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