There’s no such thing as a one-size-fits-all approach when it comes to renovating your kitchen. What might appeal to a new homeowner or a Gen Y renter probably wouldn’t make much sense for a young family of five. Below, Nate Berkus—interior design guru and artistic adviser for LG Studio‘s high-end line of appliances—shares the best ways to upgrade your kitchen based on your lifestyle.
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Kickass Alternatives to Traditional Upper Kitchen Cabinets
Home trends have moved towards a more open kitchen, and away from traditional closed cabinets that often feel bulky. We’ve noticed many other types of shelving, and even little to no storage above waist height at all. This means more room for windows, and a lighter, more airy kitchen. Explore these different kitchen design ideas…
One Long Ledge
One continuous ledge that’s as long as the countertop is a sleek and modern option. The shelf in this green kitchen (lead image above) was designed by OeO Studio, and makes the space look extra long and sleek.
It’s especially lovely when the ledge is the same material as the countertops. Joseph Dirand’s Paris apartment looks classic.
Hanging Storage Bar
Minimalists might love a bar on which to hang utensils and supplies. Above, Gisbert Poeppler designed this kitchen with a long copper one that’s beautiful with the pinks and greens.
For those on a budget, IKEA’s GRUNDTAL series can get you a similar look. You can see it above the sink in Gesa Hansen’s kitchen.
There’s something so architectural about these suspended shelves from Marianne Strong Interiors, seen in Birmingham Home & Garden.
When constructed in the middle of the room, or above the island, it provides the storage but has less visual weight than regular closed cabinets. This kitchen was designed by Dean & Silva and the shelving doesn’t block light from the windows.
For this vintage style kitchen design, Dalla Polvere also borrowed elements of commercial kitchens with their open stainless steel shelves that hold spices and supplies overhead.
For a more seamless look, consider minimalist glass shelves in this sleek modern kitchen from Domino.
Open Storage Boxes
This is a twist on the traditional cabinet and can be configured in various ways, using something like Muuto’s stacked system.
… or in a neat rows like this kitchen from Elle Deco UK.
Closed Full-Size Storage Cupboards
Instead of eye-level cabinets, consider full-size cupboards, like these flanking the stove in a kitchen from Reno Rumble (Australian reality TV show) designers. One hides the fridge and the other is storage. Via The Life Creative Blog.
Or, one whole wall of cabinets on the side, like this beautiful space from Made Architects.
Let’s take a look at luxury kitchens in Lakeview. Whether you prefer traditional or modern, all-white or varying hues in the kitchen, there’s a style to suit your style in the Chicago real estate market. We’ve rounded up 7 of our favorite luxury kitchens — all currently for sale in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood.
1514 W. Henderson Street
Located along Southport Corridor in Lakeview, this six bedroom home is filled with sophisticated finishes throughout, including extensive millwork and built-ins. Inside you’ll find a spacious professional-grade chef’s kitchen, complete with a custom paneled Sub Zero fridge, Wolf stove, oversized island, butler’s pantry and separate breakfast area.
$1,995,000 — 6 Bedrooms / 4.2 Bathrooms
1436 W. Melrose Street
This new construction residence offers expansive living space across four levels. On the main level, a front living room and dining area flow into a gourmet kitchen with contemporary finishes, including white quartz countertops, a grey glass subway tile backsplash, plus Wolf and Sub-Zero appliances.
$2,075,000 — 6 Bedrooms / 5.2 Bathrooms
1508 W. Byron Street
Step inside this stately brick home to enjoy a stunning white kitchen, complete with custom cabinetry and attractive stone accents. The eat-in chef’s kitchen offers luxury appliances, an oversized island with breakfast bar, plus a butler’s pantry.
$2,395,000 — 6 Bedrooms / 5.2 Bathrooms
1419 W. Oakdale Avenue
This Lakeview home offers a nice alternative to white kitchens we’re seeing often these days. Outfitted with custom grey cabinetry, the kitchen has sleek quartz countertops and minimalist light fixtures. Additional features include a Subzero double fridge, Wolf range/double oven, wine fridge, gourmet coffee maker and a butler’s pantry.
$1,899,000 — 6 Bedroom / 4.1 Bathroom
1122 W. Wolfram Street
If modern style is your liking, check out this kitchen. Built by leading Chicago developer, MK Construction & Builders, this new construction home provides a sophisticated kitchen with full overlay cabinetry, professional Jenn-Air appliances, a paneled dishwasher and fridge, plus a 45 bottle wine cellar.
$1,899,900 — 5 Bedroom / 3.1 Bathrooms
2748 N. Lakewood Avenue #2
This Lakeview property offers an escape from city hustle and bustle, tucked away in a private, gated courtyard on Lakewood. The 5 bedroom residence has generous living space and custom-quality finishes, like this sleek and sophisticated kitchen with a waterfall counter island and mixed white & espresso cabinetry.
$1,435,000 — 5 Bedroom / 4.1 Bathroom
1537 W. Nelson Street
Located in the Burley School District, this new construction Lakeview home has a professional grade kitchen that’s an entertainer’s dream, with ample space for cooking and serving guests. The kitchen has Sub Zero and Wolf appliances, a butler’s pantry, plenty of storage, plus a conjoined family room area for easy and open entertaining.
$1,675,000 — 6 Bedrooms / 4.1 Bathrooms
Which one of these Lakeview kitchens is your favorite?