Glass Kitchen Cabinet Doors
Two long runs of counter space give plenty of room in this cottage kitchen. Blue-painted antique corbels hold open shelving and support the peninsula overhang, bringing vintage-inspired whimsy to the space. Sarah chose three different cabinet colors to create a dynamic color palette. She used natural materials and a lighthearted color for the backsplash, and the seeded glass cabinet doors bring an extra touch of softness.
There is something elegant and beautiful about glass kitchen cabinet doors. They seem to open everything up and make the room seem bigger and more alive.
Add Character With Vintage Lights
Designer Joel Snayd gave this newly-built beach house old-house charm by swapping the ubiquitous pendants over the peninsula for flush-mounted milk glass orbs — killer antique finds worth every penny. Over the dining table, a large lantern is a stylish focal point while a trio of salvaged copper marine lights, one above each window, illuminate the sink. Reevaluate your kitchen budget to spend less on the generic and more on what will give your kitchen the personality it needs.
For designer Rob Stuart, inspiration for this kitchen's period-perfect design struck at the sight of the Art Deco range. The rare find was worth the splurge to anchor the kitchen's Deco feel. Rob then added period-appropriate custom cabinets in a modern color palette to create a kitchen that is both timeless and of the moment. Photo by Neil A. Landino, Jr.
Out With the Old, In With the (Less) Old
Traditional kitchens don't have to ring historic to have character. Designer Joel Snayd brought this kitchen up to date with charcoal-gray painted cabinets and hip, mid-century furnishings for a look to last generations. The massive custom island acts more as a piece of furniture than an extension of the kitchen's cabinets. Although a splurge, it was worth the added expense to provide a convenient spot for kids to do homework or grab a quick bite.
Fine-Tune the Focus
Gone are the days when a kitchen range hood stood out like a sore thumb. Designer Rebekah Zaveloff incorporated it into the design by covering the custom-made range hood with the same porcelain subway tile as the walls, causing it to virtually disappear, allowing the kitchen's architectural elements to take center stage.
Upgrade for Entertaining
You have that special place in your closet for shoes, but what about your next favorite collection — wine? Designer Lori Dennis added a built-in wine chiller and surrounding bar area as an extension of this high-end kitchen, allowing guests to relax with a Chardonnay or Merlot only feet away from where the hostess is cooking.
Marble: More is More
Designer Joel Snayd relied on the sophisticated look of marble to create a kitchen that's classic, grounded and beautiful. White traditional-style cabinets, a full-wall marble backsplash and matching marble countertops contrast perfectly with the kitchen's dark-stained floor.
Focus on the Floor
Are you debating whether to choose a hardwood or tile floor for your kitchen? Why not use both — designer Rebekah Zaveloff chose the best of both worlds with oversized marble tiles criss-crossed by dark-stained hardwood to create a kitchen floor that's bold and dramatic.
Coastal and Country
Sometimes one key element is all you need to change the look of a kitchen. Designer Anissa Swanzy knew the long lead-time on this stunning Vapor Green farm sink would be well worth the wait. The vibrant pop of color creates an eye-catching focal point while the happy hue may make doing dishes less of a chore. Anissa pairs this unique sink with marble countertops for a kitchen with a sophisticated yet laid-back coastal style.
Upper cabinets weren't necessary in this galley kitchen so rather than leave the wall plain, designer Rebekah Zaveloff decided to jazz it up with glowing tile in the same warm, neutral tones as the rest of the open-concept space.
From beveled glass to frosted glass, to smooth and crystal clear, glass cabinet doors in your kitchen put just the right finishing touch on any update to your kitchen. When choosing the glass for your cabinets, you need to decide exactly what the purpose of it is. A clear glass is going to show everything in your cabinets, so you probably won't want it on a cabinet that will be storing oatmeal and cereal boxes, and other canned and dried goods. On the other hand, clear is a beautiful choice to show off your flatware and china, wine glasses and champagne flutes.
The less clear the glass is, the easier it is to obscure the less attractive items in your cabinets. Adding a touch of mystery and softness, a frosted glass is a perfect choice for those cereal boxes while still adding style to the room. For something in between, a water drop, block or dimple pattern in the glass is a good choice to give your unsightlies a little privacy while showing off the good stuff with a unique look.
Having glass kitchen cabinets doesn't mean you have to replace your cabinets. If your existing cabinets are in good condition, you can install glass inserts instead. Adding muntins to a plain glass design that mimics the architectural designs and moldings of the house will add a sense of continuity and bring all the elements together for a finished look. Ultra-contemporary glass designs like river ice, spun fiber and deco add an artistic flair and convey a sense of drama. I really like this look on just one set of tall cabinets in one place to reinforce or contrast the tone and color scheme of a room.
Glass cabinets can also be used in conjunction with solid cabinetry for a bigger impact, especially with an interesting design pattern, such as net or leaf. The glass becomes art in itself to give your kitchen a unique style. Leaded glass on a corner cabinet will open it up and make it appear bigger, so it isn't fading into the background, and glass cabinets are a great alternative to the two-toned look to break up and tone down the overwhelming impact of one solid color throughout the room.
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