A kitchen without upper cabinets is probably impossible in small spaces (unless it’s produced very rarely), therefore, it’s a very unusual view irritating others :) People who have small kitchens are usually irritated by such articles, however, nobody tells to resist hanging cabinets. If there’s no space, there’s no space. If one needs upper cabinets it means he needs.
It's different if you have medium or a rather big kitchen. In that case hanging cabinets aren’t really necessary, as all items (most probably) perfectly fit in high cabinets on the floor. Of course, everything depends on how usually you really make food, how many dishes and devices you have as well as many other nuances. If you’re considering a kitchen version without upper cabinets (even without any shelf), this article is exactly for you.
There’s also one case where a kitchen doesn’t have upper cabinets. That’s one word – windows. There’re such spaces where all the walls have windows and cabinets in between them would look, to softly tell, not so good. Then nothing else is left but to enjoy a kitchen without upper cabinets or to plan it in another place.
What are the pluses of such a solution?
A visual lightness, the impression of space.
No dusts and unreachable items!
Minimalism is becoming more and more popular as well as resistance of items in everyday life. Less is more, therefore, in that case you’d be forced to live with fewer items and not to collect them.
There’s only one minus – you have less space for items but somebody can make it a plus! Though I’ve invented another one. There’s a need to think how to illuminate the worktop. Thus let’s talk about lighting.
Usually a kitchen worktop is illuminated from under the upper cabinets, however, when there’re no of them, three ways are left.
1. Wall lamps. You kill two birds with one stone. First of all, that’s a perfect illumination of a worktop (most usually several lamps are needed) and, secondly, an empty wall above a worktop is filled with them. That’s probably one of the most popular ways to illuminate and perfect interior decoration because one can use more original illuminators of more interesting design (their light must be directed down).
2. Pendant lamps. They’re equivalent partners for wall lamps, as they perform two functions in that case. I don’t know why but they’re not so popular. I guess that its reason can be the fact that pendant lamps are often used for an island which is very close and / or to illuminate a dining table and two more hanging lamps that would appear would be too much. And, of course, that’s a rather unusual place for them here. Everybody is used to see them above the tables.
3. Ceiling lamps. In my opinion, that’s the type of lamp that illuminates a worktop the worst, especially if the ceiling is high. Lamps should be veeeeeery powerful and ceiling shouldn’t be high so that enough light would reach a worktop. If you want such lamps, I’d advise you to make lighting calculations so that you could see if there’s enough light because it will be more dispersed than concentrated.
What to do with the kitchen backsplash?
Of course, the wall will definitely have to be saved from humidity and fat. The most popular solution is to glue the whole wall with tiles even though tiles are fully enough only in spaces where there’s a lot of dirtiness.
Sometimes you can manage without any finish – only well-cleaned paint is enough. If your sink is under the window and a hob in an island or under the window as well (yes, it also happens – extractor hood that can be pulled out of the work top also exist), there’s no necessity to cover wall with something. Of course, protection will never disturb but everybody has the right to decide if he or she needs it.
Another solution is the part of the wall covered with the same material as the worktop. Or not really the same – that can also be glass. The sense is that all materials that are used under usual upper cabinets are suitable. You can even glue wallpapers or hang picture gallery – I’d congratulate you on such a great decision and would be glad. It’s also possible to see a brick wall decoration which looks veeeeeeery beautiful for me!
Therefore, if you got charmed by these not overloaded interiors (I think that such a feeling really visited you), maybe there’d be high time to make it come true at your home?