Who knew that the classic saying “it’s what’s inside that counts” could be applied to kitchen cabinets?
While discussions of kitchen cabinetry tend to circle around the aesthetic qualities of materiality, colour, form and texture, the less visible realm of cabinet interiors has quietly been evolving.
[caption id="attachment_1487" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Knowing what will be assigned to a certain cupboard allows you to create a system that is perfectly fitted your tools and supplies. Image: Annie Schlechter"]
When redesigning your cabinetry system it is important to first think about the layout. Organizing your kitchen to best suit the way it is used is a great way to save time and space.
When it comes to cabinets, you will need to determine where all of your appliances, cookware and food should go before arriving at a design. Consider what you use most frequently, what items are used in conjunction and what equipment or dishware is rarely accessed. By pre-determining where everything will go, the cabinets can be designed and dimensioned to accommodate their contents.
[caption id="attachment_1442" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Inserting a pulley system in your cabinets makes it easy to access your pots and pans. Placing this cupboard near your stove makes for a more efficient kitchen design. Source: MR Kitchens"]
[caption id="attachment_1437" align="alignright" width="240" caption="Say goodbye to the spice rack and hello to the spice drawer. This drawer design by KitchenCraft Cabinetry is an easily accessible alternative to organizing your flavor palette."]
Personalizing your Cabinets
After deciding on the general layout of your kitchen, it is time to find storage solutions that will bring your ideas to life. In most cases cabinet organization is hidden behind closed doors, however some designs have begun making their way to the surface. To name a few, these include: open or glass-faced cabinets, labelled drawers or cupboards and wine racks or fridges. These visually evident features reflect your personal interests and style, creating a more unique space.
[caption id="attachment_1434" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Make your favorite wines known with this fun wine rack and chalkboard. Source: MR Kitchens"]
[caption id="attachment_1445" align="alignright" width="300" caption="This solution makes navigating your new kitchen a breeze by eliminating the mystery drawer. Source: MR Kitchens"]
If you are looking to add a change in texture or colour, try inserting baskets into the cabinet system. On top of the materiality that this brings, baskets can serve as ideal storage containers for towels and other small-scale items.
[caption id="attachment_1448" align="alignleft" width="225" caption="Open cabinetry allows you to showcase your favourite dishware. For the less aesthetically pleasing items, added baskets serve as ideal hide aways. Source: Kitchen Furniture Info"]
[caption id="attachment_1449" align="alignright" width="270" caption="Including baskets in your cabinet design adds texture and variety to your space. It also serves as a great place for small items such as tea towels. Source: Kitchen Furniture Info"]
Reclaiming your Countertop with Cabinet Storage Solutions
Cabinet organization systems mostly focus on efficient uses of space and easy accessibility. Recently designers have taken this one step further and come up with innovative ways ideas to incorporate almost everything into your cabinetry. These solutions free up floor and counter space, giving your kitchen a clean look.
In line with these ideas is the trend towards hidden appliances. Concealing fridges, dishwashers and other equipment serves to maintain the form and colour of your cabinetry throughout the entire kitchen. This can be done by adding extra cabinet facings to the front of your appliances.
[caption id="attachment_1452" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="This idea is a great way to give your pet his/her own space in the kitchen. As an added bonus you get the opportunity to quickly create a more refined space if unexpected guests drop by. Source: MR Kitchens"]
[caption id="attachment_1451" align="alignright" width="300" caption="Hiding appliances is a great way to create a clean look in your space. Source: Ken Leech"]
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