Balancing Natural Light and Storage in Your Kitchen Remodel

White kitchen with large windows near sink for natural light.When completing your kitchen remodel, the size of your space can impact your overall storage and natural light capabilities. Here are some helpful insights from Normandy Designer Leslie Lee on what to consider when deciding between installing additional cabinetry or a window.

“In general, putting cabinetry in place of windows will result in ELLINGTON33more storage than natural light,” said Leslie. “However, if storage is not an issue, opt for natural light,” said Leslie.

“In addition to adding natural light, windows will also help your design to feel less heavy,” added Leslie.

Oftentimes, with larger kitchens, there is the opportunity to have plenty of storage and natural light. Therefore, in a large space with plenty of cabinetry, it’s less of an issue to give up a few cabinets.  However, in an average size kitchen, it’s common to only see one window over the sink.

“If you are expanding your kitchen into ELLINGTON3adjacent areas, enlarging that window opening over the sink can really lighten up the space.”

“You can also add windows that are higher up and add some open shelving,” suggested Leslie.

Overall, less wall cabinetry is trending and in line with a more contemporary style.

WINCHESTER25“Open shelving has become extremely popular,” noted Leslie. “Oftentimes, you’ll see contemporary style cupboards below the countertop and open shelving on top. This type of design lends itself to more windows.”

Additionally, it’s important to consider your view. If you have a beautiful yard, consider adding more windows

White painted kitchen cabinets with a coffered ceiling and robin's egg blue paint on the wallsLearn more about kitchen remodeling by registering to attend an upcoming seminar. Or, if ready to get started on your next renovation, set up an appointment with Leslie. You can also follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more design ideas and inspiration.

 

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