We’ve seen it first hand with our clients that designing a kitchen with no uppers used to be unheard of. No one would even consider it since the main focus in kitchen design used to be maximizing storage. Well, in 2016-2017, we’ve designed several kitchens with either no uppers or very few uppers and we didn’t have to twist anyone’s arm either! Homeowners are willing to sacrifice a little storage to create a kitchen that feels more open, lighter and fresh. Having no upper cabinets allows for the use of a fun backsplash, a larger window or even a blank surface that can be decorated with art or floating shelves.
Although this can be quite the splurge both in cabinetry and in the actual appliance, we’re seeing a rising trend for panelled appliances. The brass trend may be influencing it since some people don’t like the look of mixed metals which happens when you pair brass hardware with stainless appliances, but I’d like to think that it’s because we want our kitchen tools to say hidden. By panelling the fridge, dishwasher and hood vent they just become another piece of furniture. So much so, that I wouldn’t be surprised if panelled ovens will soon be available.
Open shelving has been around in kitchens forever, but these days, we’re not using the shelves for dishes. We’re displaying art, books, accessories, anything unconventional that would steer your mind away from being in a kitchen.