With storage and space-saving solutions being high on homeowners' lists of priorities, we've seen a rise in popularity of floor-to-ceiling cabinetry in modern kitchens. As the function of a kitchen changes and trends come and go, the need for storage and functionality has never been more apparent. Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is a modern way of utilising every inch of wall space, eliminating any dead space and creating an attractive visual element.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry provides ample storage for all utensils, crockery and cookware, and creates a clean and modern aesthetic. Despite this, there are always drawbacks to any designs, and at Thomas James Bespoke, we encourage our clients to make fully-informed decisions, so you can be sure your new kitchen works fully to your advantage.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinetry offers much more storage space than traditional base and wall-mounted designs. By selecting one large wall on which to base your kitchen, you can create an arsenal of kitchenware all in one place. Taking inspiration from commercial kitchens and cocktail bars who work around the idea of mise en place (to put in place)- having everything within arms' reach increases organisation and efficiency.
Integrated appliances such as ovens and fridge-freezers on either end of the row creates a sleek symmetry, incorporating style with practicality. To enhance this scheme, including a central nook in which to house a sink or breakfast bar can break up the solidity and add textural interest.
Although providing plenty of storage space, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry ultimately removes any worksurfaces you would have in a traditional kitchen. Where possible, the inclusion of an island will add a pleasing height variation, and provide vital worksurface space. With this in mind, you can frame the island with a dramatic backdrop of sleek cabinetry in a rich colour, showcasing the countertop in an elegant and contrasting material such as white quartz.
However, as every kitchen is unique, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry isn't a one-size-fits-all solution. It's important to consider the natural light and the shape of your kitchen. Particularly in homes with limited space, opting for a full wall of storage could produce an overwhelming, dark atmosphere. In galley kitchens, for example, incorporating an island may not be possible; therefore, the lack of work surfaces would be a considerable loss.
With taller ceilings, extending cabinetry all the way might mean impossible-to-reach cupboards. If you're adamant that this is the style for you, fitting a sliding library-style ladder is a quirky solution to ensure you make the most of every cupboard.
When thinking about your kitchen renovation, it's essential to choose a company that will understand your wants, needs, and must-haves whilst also factoring in any architectural challenges in your home. At Thomas James Bespoke, we can create stunning, functional kitchens, because we get to know you and your lifestyle. If you've read enough, and have decided that floor-to-ceiling cabinetry is a trend you don't want to miss out on, contact us today to begin the journey to your new, sleek, organised kitchen.