This is our kitchen. I know I’ve shown it in many posts before and I’ve also talked about doing a new kitchen tour with some updated photos and source links. That will be for another day. Today I wanted to talk a little about the feature wall with no upper cabinets as well as a simple update we’re looking to do.
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Here is a straight view of the back feature wall.I wanted to create an old-world meets new-world vibe in here. I know not everyone likes the look without cabinets. To some people it feels unfinished, or they want as much storage as possible and I completely understand why they feel that way. I like it for a few reasons, it’s modern and it feels open and airy. It’s also a little less conventional.Our island holds quite a bit of storage and is our main eating area as well. It makes up for the cabinetry that we don’t have on the walls. I keep silverware in the top drawers, bowls in the middle drawer and dishes in the bottom.This view looking at the sink wall is where I have some plans to update…I do really love the open feel of our space. We get decent natural light and it’s usually pretty bright in here.My little office nook on the left will eventually be moving from this corner (shown below). Right now, it’s the only space I have for the daily papers and the lower cabinets to the right of the stool hold all of my files. It’s not ideal, but for now it functions.
I had planned from the beginning to add multiple shelving to the right of the window. Unfortunately, it never happened because we got so busy. Instead, we put up this floating shelf we’d always had, to fill the space as a ‘temporary’ solution. Five years later, the temporary solution has become more permanent! The non-symmetry has always gotten on my nerves, so I need to do something about it.I really think the additional shelving in this corner will be fabulous and make this space look even larger. Getting back to having no upper cabinets, here are a few closeups of our feature wall. The classic, white subway tile goes from the counter to the ceiling for maximum impact.We have a marble inset above the range to create visual interest and to break up all the white tile.I really do love the statement it makes.Five years later and I’m still in love with this wall!
I’ve linked to an this amazing kitchen designed Heydt Designs and you’ll see the beautiful open shelving they’ve used, which is exactly what I want to do in our kitchen. That’s it for today. I can’t wait to get started on our project and give you an update on how it turns out! I also hope you found some ideas here if you’re planning any updates to your kitchen or if you’re building a new home. I’d love to hear your thoughts! Have a great week! xo