Traditional kitchen design for years has featured both upper and lower cabinets. These cabinets come in a myriad of wood tones, styles and finishes, including glass front cabinet doors. Today we are seeing a break from traditional kitchen cabinets. Upper cabinets are sometimes being replaced with open shelves while lower cabinets are giving way to deep drawers.
Having lower cabinets can mean pots and pans get lost in the back of the cabinet unless you have slide out shelves. Slide out shelves mimic drawers and keep the unified look of cabinet doors throughout the kitchen. However, these shelves are a premium and can add additional money to the kitchen cabinet budget.
The kitchen shown here has upper cabinets above the counters and drawers below. As seen on the island, drawers can be of varying heights, including deep drawers to accommodate larger pots and pans. The drawers slide completely out so there is no more crawling on the floor and reaching to the back of the bottom cabinet to find the missing pan.
Along with using drawers instead of lower cabinets, some newer kitchen designs feature open shelving instead of upper cabinets. This can be a nice addition to cabinets but requires you to be very organized if all of your plates and glassware are on display.
Kitchen design is continually evolving and trends come and go. Stainless steel appliances, stone floors, engineered hardwood floors, glass tile backsplashes, kitchen islands are all some of the most recent trends that seem to be lasting.