Kitchen Cabinets Basics
Selecting kitchen cabinets
What about open concept shelving?
Another option for kitchen cabinets is to eliminate the doors altogether. Open concept shelving is popular in today’s kitchen design, albeit often mixed in with some traditional cabinet doors as well. Having open concept shelves with no cabinet doors allows items in the kitchen to be reached with more convenience, and also allows items to be displayed to guests. This works well if you have dishes or glassware that you want to show off, or if you just like the convenience of cooking without having to open cabinet doors to reach certain items.
Another way to show off certain items in your kitchen is to have glass kitchen cabinet doors. This allows items to remain protected behind a door, but with a glass insert that still allows the glassware to be visible to guests, or to those family members who frequently forget which items are stored behind which doors in the kitchen!
Kitchen cabinet lighting
Glass inserts also work well when there is lighting installed inside of the cabinet. This allows the contents of the cabinet to be highlighted and provides additional lighting in the kitchen when you are cooking or hosting at night.
Lighting shining down onto your countertops can also be installed under the kitchen cabinets to provide additional lighting in the kitchen. These recessed lights are often installed behind wood valences to conceal their presence and any wires or connections.