Yep! It’s going to get pretty crazy and very dusty at my place here in a little bit. I’m so, so desperate for more storage space in my little square home. So I’m putting in more cabinets and shelving… Before I start this madness I’d love some of your advice!
So, as I’ve been illustrating and designing my built-in cabinets for my living room and (maybe) kitchen I found myself stuck on which direction to go in. Do I take my built-ins all the way up to the ceiling or only part way? I wanted to get your thoughts too.
Yes, if I had a money tree growing in the backyard, I’d totally say, “Yep, we are doing built-ins to the ceiling.” But, my house is a big open floor plan, so everything, I mean everything needs to flow and be cohesive. Otherwise it would look unbalanced and weird. That being said, currently my kitchen cabinets don’t go to the ceiling. So if I were to have my living room cabinets go to the ceiling, in order to balance the other side of my open house, my kitchen cabinets need to be customized to go to the ceiling. Long story short, I’d need to fork over more dinero so both sides of the house were balanced.
While, yes, of course, the end result would look outstanding, I still need to stick to a budget and be somewhat responsible. Oh and don’t you worry, I’m shopping around and getting quotes from many different builders. Originally I was going to tackle this as a DIY, and then after 10 min, I was like, “Girl, you ain’t got time for that.”
My husband can’t visualize a space like I can, so I photoshopped everything in for him to get his blessing.
So. Let’s talk doing cabinet’s to the ceiling or not.
First up: Cabinets & Built-in Part Way Up
This is a quick shot of my kitchen currently. My cabinets will eventually be painted, and I’ll be replacing the counter-tops but that’s a later topic. Ignore the clutter and focus on where my cabinets are located.
Okay! If I keep the cabinets as they currently are then my built-in’s in my living room would end around the same hight. Below is what my design would look like.
Cabinets & Built-ins that Go to the Ceiling
Now, if I go all the way up, my top row of kitchen cabinets would need to be adjusted. Below is what I would have in mind for adjusting them and adding the small third row of top cabinets.
Looking more like this.
Then, my built-ins would look like this.
What do you think? Should I go all the way up or not? I’d love to hear from you!