Here’s the Kitchen Trend You Need to Try if You Think Open-Shelves Are Impractical

While opening shelving definitely looks lovely, not everyone agrees that it’s the most practical design solution, since it can require extra dusting and can’t conceal loads of cooking supplies the way traditional cabinets can. But we’ve found a genius solution that combines the best of both worlds.

Glass-paneled kitchen cabinetry offers the airy look and feel of open shelves, while still giving you the ample storage space you need in your home’s most-used room. Though glass-front cabinets aren’t a new invention, the look has become increasingly popular in recent years.

The style features lots of advantages over open shelving, making it easy to display your most beautiful kitchenware, while still protecting your items from dirt and dust. Plus, you can install just one or only a few, depending on how much open storage you need.

Besides highlighting your favorite kitchen pieces (antiques and collectibles look best!), you can use glass-front cabinets to infuse some extra flair into your space by lining them with pretty paint or punchy wallpaper.

What’s more, you don’t even need to buy all new cabinetry to feature this design in your kitchen. With some help from an electric saw and youtube tutorials, you can easily transform your current cupboards into ones with glass panels. Guess it’s time to move our favorite cake stands, glassware, and tea pots out of storage, because they now have the perfect new home.

8 Vintage Kitchen design ideas

Checkerboard floors, farmhouse sinks, and scalloped accents. Yep, we’re rounding up the best of vintage kitchens—as modeled on modern renditions.

1.Vintage Appliances

Why buy any old appliance when you can get one with decorative charm, like this ’50s-style Smeg fridge? Bonus: They take up less space!

2.Vintage wallpaper

One easy way to throw it back? Throw up some wallpaper, whether the polka dot backsplash of the ’50s or the bold, busy prints from the ’60s.

3.Vintage Tile

We love the look of vintage-inspired backsplashes, like this green glass tile.

4.Statement Floors & Beadboard Paneling

Encaustic tiles like the ones shown here have been around since medieval times, but they’re making a major comeback in modern kitchens—and we can see why! On the back wall, beadboard brings barely-there texture (and vintage appeal) to this bright-white space.

5. Plate Rack

Odds are your mom or grandma had one of these hanging in her kitchen. Now, they can be found built in to the sides of islands.

6.Vintage Hutch

Instead of built-in cabinets, vintage kitchens were filled with freestanding furniture, like this lovely little hutch.

7.Fireplace and Swivel stools

Early American kitchens had fireplaces for cooking. Electric ovens have now taken their place, but we’d kill for this quaint, historic detail in our modern homes. In the forefront, sweet little stools are reminiscent of an old fashioned soda shoppe.

8. Breakfast Nook

What could be cozier than a little dining area carved into the corner window space?