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Combining Open Shelves and Cabinets in Our Kitchen


Designing Our Kitchen

When it comes to the design of our new home, the kitchen design is my #1. Today, I want to chat about how I plan on combining open shelves and cabinets in our kitchen. As this is where we will spend most of our time at, I want this space to feel very bright and open.

The builder we are going through provides a certain set of standard items, one of which are these Aristokraft Cabinets. I have picked the design pictured below in white. The photo below is the exact layout of our kitchen and cabinets. The only differences are the flooring, backsplash, paint and hardware on the cabinets.

White Cabinets From Aristrokraf
Model Kitchen White Cabinets

I Made Some Requests

After some back and forth, I requested that we remove the upper cabinets on the left side where the window is and to expand the window to a 48″x48″ pane. With the deletion of the standard upper cabinets, we will receive a credit to our account. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G. With that credit, I’ll be installing brass brackets with marble shelves.

Take a look at the final look of our kitchen. As you can see, I removed the upper cabinets and expanded the window to a 48×48 window pane. I added brass brackets with marble shelving. Another change I made that was different from the model home, is I added a stainless steel range hood, which you can spot in the. photo below. I’m very happy that I decided to add open shelves and cabinets in our kitchen.

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Our Kitchen!

So what do you think of my design? Would you delete cabinets and add floating shelves? How do you feel about combining open shelves and cabinets?

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  1. Thankfully my dad is a builder and I get to rope him into my projects! I am doing a combo of open and closed shelving cabinets too!

  2. Sandra Tanner

    I love this look. I have this concept in my kitchen. I would love to see yours when you are done

  3. I cannot wait to see the finished product. I really love this concept. I love open shelves they are great for displaying decor and storage.

  4. Great idea. We built a house a couple of years ago, it is a little stressful but getting exactly what you want in the end is so worth it.

  5. I loved this post. It is so timely as we are getting ready to move into our new home and are changing up the kitchen a bit.

  6. Mashibaby

    THis sounds like a challenge!

  7. I love this idea and style. We currently have dark brown cabinets (sigh) and one day would LOVE to have an all white/more rustic kitchen!

  8. I can’t wait to see your finished kitchen!!!

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