There’s a new kitchen trend helping to drive demand for wood in home renovations: elegant, practical floor-to-ceiling cabinetry. Not only is this style picking up momentum among interior design enthusiasts all over the world, the new Global Cabinets Market 2018 – 2022 report notes that demand will likely continue to rise, and that’s good news for cabinet manufacturers, independent woodworkers and lumber in general. The majority of these cabinets are made of softwoods like pine.
Floor-to-ceiling cabinets dramatically expand storage capacity while keeping clutter to a minimum, and the result is a clean, sleek look that visually expands the room to make the ceilings seem higher than they are. Some might have a simple modern look free of hardware, making use of wide expanses of knotty plywood, while others are more traditional.
A beautiful kitchen by UK design firm Plain English shows off how they can be adapted for the understated elegance of a farmhouse, for example, including the addition of a library ladder.
In Los Angeles, architects Annie Ritz and Daniel Rabin made a blank wall far more functional with the installation of pale pink cabinetry accented with rose gold hardware.
Over at Houzz, floor-to-ceiling cabinetry shows up everywhere from glossy modern apartments in Knightsbridge, London to lakeside homes in Vermont, and demonstrates how they can be used outside the kitchen, too. Check out this dramatic entryway in Chicago by Randall Architects, painted a deep spruce green.
Handy enough to give it a go yourself? Check out a guide to DIY floor-to-ceiling built-in cabinets at Woodshop Diaries.