As part of my job designing custom homes, I am often caught in a bit of a quandary. Visually, I prefer the look of a very simple kitchen space, often with simple base cabinets and appliances, with perhaps a single full-height cabinet and some open shelving. But clients typically want to max out the amount of cabinet space available with full upper cabinets, something packed into every nook and cranny. Typically, we end up somewhere between the two. But the images of these gorgeous simple kitchens continue to inspire me, and I hope you’ll feel the same.
If you love that simple look, but really need the extra storage space, one great way to get the best of both worlds is to devote one section to full-height cabinetry. Because of its repetition and flat profile, a full line of cabinets reads more like a flat wall, especially depending on the style of cabinet you choose. If you want to make those cabinets really disappear, try a full overlay cabinet, and even consider using a touch-latch door system to rid yourself of all those handles. Or add a simple pull handle routed into the edge of the door so that all you see is a thin line. Try to lengthen the expanse of counter space to help create this simple look in the areas where you focus on the lower cabinets. Basic shelving above keeps an open look while allowing for a bit of extra space to put those glasses and plates.
(above) Light and Airy
Wood and Black Base + Elegant Open Shelving
Modern with Old + Black and White