Full Wall Kitchen Cabinet Ideas

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Full Wall Kitchen Cabinet Ideas
Full wall kitchen cabinets offer significant storage space. (kitchen doors image by willem169 from Fotolia.com)

If storage space is at a premium in your kitchen, floor-to-ceiling, full wall kitchen cabinets and wall units offer maximum storage solutions and a wide variety of customisable design options. Full wall kitchen cabinets run from floor to ceiling without interruption from a traditional kitchen backsplash. Carefully select the right style and colour cabinets to suit your design tastes for a cohesive, stylish look.

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Hidden Features

Full wall kitchen cabinets offer homeowners an opportunity to create a seamlessly integrated kitchen both functionally and visually. Disguise appliances or kitchen fixtures within a wall of kitchen cabinets. Select a side-by-side refrigerator that is faced with a cabinet panel to match your other cabinets. Frame the fridge with two long floor-to-ceiling cabinets to enhance the illusion of an unassuming cabinet wall. Another option is to hide an additional chef's sink behind a set of built-in pocket style doors in the centre of the cabinet wall. If additional plumbing is problematic, a simple granite-topped wet bar with recessed lighting and several wine racks is a less intensive option for a hidden kitchen feature.

Glass Front Cabinets

A wall of solid front cabinets can appear bulky or cluttered. Add visual interest and dimension with alternating types of glass fronts. Begin with a dark stained or pure white finish on the wooden cabinets; light coloured wood tends not to provide enough visual contrast with glass to create the desired effect. Select two types of glass fronts to provide varying levels of texture or design. For example, pair frosted glass fronts with a selection of etched glass fronts with a frosted floral design for a romantic option; more modern aesthetics might opt for clear glass fronts and several fronts with etched geometric patterns. Create a mock checker effect by alternating clear and frosted glass fronts on the cabinets around the perimeter of the cabinet wall.

Open Front Cabinets

A mixture of closed and open front cabinets turns a wall of kitchen cabinets into a multipurpose piece of kitchen furniture. To maintain visual symmetry, choose balanced sections of the piece to serve as closed and open front cabinets. Open cabinets around the perimeter of the piece offer a natural frame while an alternating design creates a sense of movement in a modern kitchen. Store serving or food items in the closed front cabinets; line the open front cabinets and shelve with favourite cookbooks, recipe boxes or decorative kitchen items like glass bottles of flavoured oil. For even more visual appeal, install recessed or overhead lighting in the open front cabinets.

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