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Note: These photos are examples of different styles of cabinets. See the writer’s actual kitchen at the end.Why I Was Drawn to Two StylesStepping out of your comfort zone can be hard, but I had decided that during this remodel, I’d be open to a new look for me and my family.During the planning stage, I realized that installing two styles of cabinetry would work in my kitchen, so I kept an open mind to the idea, and especially to open shelves.I liked the fact that open shelves could add depth to my kitchen and provide a display space for my pretty dishes that I love so much. It brings me joy to stage items around the home, so while I realize that open shelves aren’t for everyone, I knew that I would enjoy them. I’m a designer and home stager, so I enjoy rearranging things, including those pretty dishes. Plus, I could also store other everyday items in a handy place for my busy family.Find a kitchen designer on Houzz
A big window (now 5 feet wide instead of the original 3 feet) and a vaulted ceiling make the kitchen feel roomy and airy. Leyla raised the dropped ceiling over the kitchen to match the vaulted ceiling of the adjoining living room. She describes the kitchen as “modern farmhouse with midcentury furniture.” Open shelves enlarge the space even more. Leyla’s countertop fabricator installed white quartz on top of Ikea cabinets, and made the island top and shelves out of pine. Appliances: Professional series, Frigidaire; light fixtures: Rejuvenation
Open ShelvesPros: Replacing the upper cabinets with open shelving has become a popular trend in recent years. This approach helps a room feel a little more open while still providing storage for everyday essentials.