Remember Grandma’s kitchen?
With its pastel-colored refrigerator with the rounded top, the sink cabinet with the built-in drainboard, and the glass doors on the upper cabinets? You can almost hear the laughter, smell the doughnuts frying, and feel the warmth of that simpler time, can’t you? That sense of nostalgia might be why glass-fronted cabinets are making a comeback.
Cabinets with glass doors, especially if they are lit from within, can become the focal point of your kitchen. This is especially true if you take advantage of the myriad of textures, patterns, colors, and translucencies available today. Grandma’s head would be spinning! You can even choose the sliding glass cabinet doors that are a hallmark of mid-century modern design.
If your kitchen has a peninsula with overhead cabinets that block the view, you may have considered removing the cabinets to open up the area. However, you might have hesitated because those cabinets offer essential storage. By replacing the wooden cabinet doors with glass doors, you can let light shine through – giving your kitchen and the adjoining room a more open and spacious feeling without losing any of that vital storage.
You might want to reconsider what you store in those cabinets, however. They’re a great place to show off your best china or crystal, rather than a jumble of plastic storage for leftovers!
When you’re deciding which cabinet doors to replace with glass, keep a few things in mind:
- glass doors on lower cabinets are probably not a good idea if you have children or pets in the house because of safety issues
- when next to the stove, glass doors will need frequent cleaning because of splatters and grease
- choose a style of glass that complements the rest of your kitchen rather than clashing with it