These kitchens in Singapore show that you don’t need upper cabinets to make your kitchen look fabulous. Rather than feel incomplete, they stand out in unique ways and allow other elements in the kitchen to shine. So you do you, and never let conventions dictate what your kitchen should or should not look like.
1. Lightbulb Moment
Filling the void that could have been upper cabinets with a gorgeous array of exposed light bulbs. Mood and practicality. Like the colours here in this kitchen, the choice here is vibrant and bold.
Design: Fuse Concept
2. Light and Airy
Uppers are not missed in this clean and simple kitchen. Coupled with a sleek glass backsplash and a glass divider, the all-white space feels exceptionally light and airy. Subtle marble detailing on the quartz countertop lends just enough visual interest.
Design: DB Studio
3. Green with Envy
Who needs upper cabinets when you’ve got such beautiful tiles to show off? This kitchen made use of two different wall tiles to keep things interesting. A mosaic type for the bottom-half of the wall and hexagon tiles for the upper half. Open shelves—clad in the same army green hue as the cabinets—provide a natural separation between the two.
4. Oh So Zen
For a kitchen that reads soothing and zen, take a leaf from Japanese aesthetics like in this kitchen. A light-toned wood makes up most of the kitchen’s palette with black and white accents offering contrast without being too obtrusive. The absence of upper cabinets makes the overall look cleaner and reduces the visual bulk in the space.
Design: Ehka Studio
5. Coastal Colours
U-shaped kitchens are one of the most efficient kitchen layouts, since everything is within easy reach. But they can feel somewhat cramped, especially if you don’t have a lot of room to play around with. Removing upper cabinets, like what this kitchen did, can be useful in freeing up breathing room.
Design: Story of Us
6. Classic Monochrome
This black-and-white themed kitchen (and home!) removed the need for upper cabinets as well as a cooking hood, allowing the full-height backsplash made up of classic subway tiles to really shine through.
Design: The Merry Men Interiors
7. Keep On Moving
Setting conventions completely aside, this kitchen doesn’t feature any built-ins. In place of cabinets, full-height shelves were used. Not only is it a great way to save on renovation costs, it also offers a great deal of flexibility in the use of space.
8. Concrete Statement
Instead of uppers, this kitchen swathed its walls in cement screed, lending plenty of industrial feels and texture to the cooking zone. Rustic woodgrain laminates covering the lower cabinets and the open shelves complement the pared-back, utilitarian look.
9. Chevron Chic
Not having upper cabinets can mean you get to showcase an interesting backsplash pattern. The chevron-patterned backsplash in this galley kitchen was made more evident thanks to the absence of uppers on one side.
Design: Three-d Conceptwerke
10. Marvel at Marble
Don’t hide those marble detailing with upper cabinets if you are going with a stunning large-format tiled backsplash like this. The backsplash here makes a huge visual impact in this space, which wouldn’t be possible with upper cabinets.
Design: Free Space Intent
This article was originally posted on Renonation.sg, Singapore’s leading renovation and interior design site.