The functionality of a kitchen is the biggest trend that we have to think about as designers. People love to gather in the kitchen, so homeowners are looking to turn it into a space for entertaining as well as cooking. Hence, the rise of the big open plan kitchen. If you’re a foodie who loves to cook and entertain, then this trend makes total sense. To make the kitchen efficient as well as functional, you need to customize your cabinetry to be smart about storage.
Smart storage spaces
Of course, you want your cabinets to look good in your kitchen, but they need to help you organize all your stuff so that you can move about comfortably and find everything easily. Organization is the biggest consideration when you are customizing your cabinets.
When we talk about custom cabinetry, we’re not just talking about the size and the color. You want to think of custom kitchen cabinets as custom storage units for your kitchen. We’re so used to the traditional layout of drawers lining the bottom of our countertops, and then having cabinets under the drawers. This layout is a classic look for a traditional kitchen.
A modern twist to the classic kitchen is to build rows of big, deep drawers all the way from your counters to the floor. Having drawers instead of traditional cabinets is a smart way of keeping all of your kitchen items organized. For some reason, we’ve grown content with only using drawers for utensils, but you can customize your kitchen drawers to accommodate just about anything.
Another added bonus of having drawers instead of cabinets is that you won’t have to crouch down and use a flashlight to see what you put in the back of the cabinet. With drawers, you can just pull them all the way out for easy access to all of your kitchenware.
Since we’re mixing up the traditional cabinetry design, why not switch out a few of your hanging cabinets with some open shelves? Having open shelves will create dimension in your kitchen for a visually interesting effect, but when you’re juggling dinner and guests, it’s way more efficient to be able to see everything instead of having to play a game of memory and open all the cabinets looking for a dish or appliance.
Of course, there’s also a downside to seeing everything out in the open. If you have mismatched items, the visual effect can appear cluttered, so think about the types of things that you’ll be storing on open shelves. Keep the odd-shaped items in cabinets and put the matching items out in the open.
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