6 Kitchen design trends that will last

Making open designs more functional

One of the major challenges with open designs is the lack of upper cabinet space. Suspending cabinets from the ceiling is obtrusive and almost defeats the reason for taking out the wall in the first place. Today’s answer is to use tall cabinets as anchors at the end of a bank of base cabinets.

Another challenge is hiding the clutter that tends to make kitchens look messy instead of artistic. One solution that is appearing in more cabinet designs is a raised back wall with a counter at bar height. This creates the perfect spot for eating breakfast, doing homework or chatting while one of you putters around the kitchen. Guests in the living room or dining area look into the kitchen and see you, not the clutter.

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