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Why are white kitchen cabinets a popular trend? Our theory is that people are drawn to white kitchens because they want a clean, light, open kitchen. The desire for white is a response to the chaos and clutter that life naturally brings to daily life.

However, a kitchen full of white cabinets is not the only way to achieve space that breathes and feels open. Here are a few strategies for creating an airy kitchen.

Remove Upper Cabinets

Removing wall cabinets is a step away from traditional kitchen design. A functional kitchen with fewer or no upper wall cabinets is feasible through efficiently designed base cabinets utilizing accessory storage or having a no-cabinet walk-in pantry. The beauty of no upper cabinets is that the visual vertical weight created by wall cabinets is removed.

Another perk of no upper cabinets? The wall space is free for more windows.

Use Raw Materials

Raw or natural materials have an inherent simplicity. Whether incorporating natural materials in shelves, cabinets, or countertops, they make a statement without needing flashy accents. By strategically using natural materials, a kitchen can make a connection with the outdoors, which extends the room beyond its physical restraints and subconsciously makes the room feel larger.

Consider Exposed Shelves

In situations where wall storage may be needed, like in space-restricted kitchens, open shelves are an option for balancing storage with openness. Upper cabinets give a kitchen visual weight, but open shelves create a visually lighter space.

Open, or exposed, shelves can vary in style to fit different personalities. If you like an industrial look, go with shelves supported by metal pipes. If you prefer clean lines and a modern aesthetic, floating shelves with concealed structural supports are a lovely option. Additionally, glass shelves embody the visual idea of openness.

You will want to spend more time in a room that makes you feel comfortable. A balanced kitchen that allows for light and feels comfortably open may help you feel relaxed and ready to try new recipes. By reassessing conventions like upper wall cabinets as well as taking advantage of a well-trained eye from a designer or architect, an open kitchen can be a reality.

Thinking about opening up your kitchen? Call Meadowlark—we’d love to help.