Deconstructed kitchen trend featuring open shelving, standalone appliances and minimalist decor

Deconstructing the Deconstructed Kitchen

We know that when you are remodeling your home, it can be tempting to succumb to the latest interior design trends featured in magazines, blogs and Pinterest boards. After all, these trends are a great way to keep your home looking modern and fresh. But trends can also be incredibly fickle. Many are here today and gone tomorrow, leaving your once stylish space feeling suddenly outdated.

That’s why, at Andrea Hylton Home, we prefer working with a trend adoption curve. This means incorporating trends carefully, often through smaller details – accessories, fabrics, furnishings and florals – while relying on our tried-and-true design principles to tie everything together. After all, an interior renovation is a big undertaking and, at the end of it, you’ll want to be sure your home looks its best, both tomorrow and in the years to come.

Deconstructed kitchen trend featuring no upper cabinets, open shelving, concrete countertops, salvaged cabinetry and an oversized, apron front sink

Photo by Christopher Churchill; via GQ.

To show you what we mean, let’s consider one of the more dramatic trends to gain popularity in recent years: the deconstructed kitchen. Rather than picture perfect designs out of a photoshoot, these kitchens embrace simplicity, imperfections and improvisation to create spaces that feel more lived-in. The above kitchen, for example, features (1) no upper cabinets, (2) open shelving, (3) concrete countertops, (4) salvaged cabinetry and (5) an oversized, apron front sink.

While some clients may want to commit whole heartedly to deconstructing their own kitchens, we believe that a more successful and longer lasting approach involves slowly adopting this trend, only keeping the elements of it that work the best for your space. In fact, since deconstructed kitchens favor standalone elements over a cohesive design scheme, this trend lends itself particularly well to the slow adoption approach.

Deconstructed kitchen trend open shelves

One of the defining elements of a deconstructed kitchen is the lack of upper cabinets, which are often replaced by less enclosed forms of storage. Open shelves, for instance, free your beautiful glasses, ceramic dishes and metal cookware from their wooden confines, incorporating them into the design like pieces of sculpture. They also take up significantly less wall space than cabinetry, making kitchens feel larger and creating more opportunities for the display of artworks, trinkets and succulents.

Deconstructed kitchen trend reclaimed wood pallet, rustic cabinet doors and vintage pottery

Photo by Jordi Canosa; via Remodelista.

Another great characteristic of deconstructed kitchens is their clever use of reclaimed pieces. Take, for example, the above kitchen by Katrin Arens which utilizes a salvaged wood pallet as a make-shift china cabinet. Rustic cabinet doors and beautiful vintage pottery complete the space’s “unfinished” aesthetic.

For a more elegant look, consider repurposing an antique armoire as a kitchen pantry, covering walls from counter to ceiling in vintage hand-painted tiles, or transforming timeworn fabrics into stunning drapes and window valances. These elements will add touches of color and texture to your space, providing the perfect contrast to your sleek, contemporary finishes.

Deconstructed kitchen trend favor commercial grade appliances, stainless steel fixtures and hung utensils

Photo by Stadshem.

Lastly, deconstructed kitchens never sacrifice functionality for beauty. They are kitchens reduced to their barest essentials, favoring commercial grade appliances, easy to clean surfaces, and plenty of unencumbered work space above all else. In this kitchen, for instance, a repurposed restaurant cart, stainless steel fixtures and conveniently hung utensils combine to produce a stylish but no-frills workspace, worthy of a top-tier chef. 

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