Gone are the days when people wanted kitchens that felt close and cozy. Now, most people are after kitchens that feel open and spacious. There are a lot of ways to make a kitchen seem more open, from painting the walls lighter colors to keeping clutter off the counters. But cabinets play a bigger role than you think! If you're having new kitchen cabinets designed, here are some ways you can design them to make your kitchen feel more open.
Incorporate some open shelving.
You don't have to use all enclosed cabinets in your kitchen. You probably don't only want open shelves because it's easy for them to look messy and cluttered if you don't put things away just so. But a couple of open shelves incorporated into your cabinet scheme can make the whole space look more open. You could replace the cabinets on either side of the sink with shelving so you see this openness whenever you're washing your hands or doing the dishes.
Use glass doors on some cupboards.
If you don't like the idea of open shelving, then consider having some of your cabinets fitted with glass doors instead. Being able to see through some of the cabinet doors will make the kitchen feel more spacious. People often choose glass doors for the cabinets where they'll store their wine glasses, mugs, or other more attractive kitchen items.
Choose simple, nickel hardware.
When it comes time to choose hardware, the simpler you go, the better. Smooth, nickel hardware calls a lot less attention to itself than detailed brass. Details on small items have a unique way of making spaces feel cozy, small, and cramped. Don't overdo the hardware, either. Choose a cabinet design with hidden hinges so the only hardware you see is the pulls.
Paint the cabinets a light color.
Sometimes homeowners paint the walls a light color to make the kitchen look larger, but then they assume they have to create contrast with the light walls by painting the cabinets a dark color. Don't do this! The dark cabinets will make your kitchen feel almost as small as dark walls would. Instead, choose another light color that stands out against the walls, or just choose a color that's a shade or two darker than the walls. For instance, if you have really light gray walls, you could choose a slightly darker (but still light) gray for the cabinets.
With the methods above, you can choose or design custom kitchen cabinets that make your kitchen feel more open and spacious. Enjoy your newer, bigger-looking space!