Some people only espouse the “less is more” philosophy when having more isn't an option. Those who work with kitchen cabinets, on the other hand, understand that sometimes it's the little touches that make the biggest impact. And even if you're not working within a strict budget, we all enjoy the satisfaction of seeing a small investment yield substantial dividends.
For your parents, cutting edge accessories for kitchen cabinets consisted of an electric can opener or microwave mounted underneath. But that was the same generation that embraced the station wagon. Nowadays, the hottest add-ons for your kitchen cabinets are also the coolest.
Lighting for your cabinets is a perfect example of the “less is more” concept in action. Some people balk at the idea of under-cabinet lighting as they prefer to keep that area clear and uncluttered. But with modern technology, you can have the best of both worlds. Low profile LED strip lights mounted beneath kitchen cabinets offer ample brightness for food preparation and can often be dimmed before bed to serve as nightlights.
And thanks to rapid advancements in this field, there are a number of options that can spotlight what is most important to you while remaining firmly in the background.
Just as the perfect backsplash tile can really “make” your kitchen, unsightly outlets can easily break it, especially when mounted on that same beautiful surface. The answer can be as simple as an outlet strip affixed to the underside of your kitchen cabinets. It's an excellent way to ensure that you have a plug when and where you need it most while doing the least possible harm to your gorgeous décor.
Given the frantic pace of contemporary living, multitasking is no longer an option. It's a necessity. That may be why we fall into the trap of cooking less and eating out more. Who has time to drop everything and prepare a meal from scratch? So don't. With strategically placed table mounts below your kitchen cabinets, you can bake your cake and eat it too, all while reading your email, checking the recipe and skyping your mom when you get stuck.
Perhaps more importantly, the table mounts let you do all of this and more while maintaining a healthy distance between your expensive devices and the countertop messes that could wreak havoc with them. Unless you want a recipe for disaster, Blackberries and blueberries should never be mixed.
Reinventing the wheel can be a good thing if you improve on the original. Although knife blocks beneath kitchen cabinets are nothing new, some modern versions are especially convenient with their slim construction and the ability to swing in and out with just the touch of your finger.
Opening a jar is something that most of us take for granted. But if you suffer from arthritis or tend to struggle with lids that are hard to manage, a cleverly positioned jar opener underneath kitchen cabinets can be welcome relief. It also makes an ideal gift for that person who has everything… but can't open it.
Rack it Up
Even though shortage of kitchen storage space can be a vexing problem, it may spark some creative solutions. For instance, a stemware rack placed under kitchen cabinets allows you to store glasses safely and conveniently while making for a compelling visual. You can even mount a bottle holder next to the rack on your kitchen cabinets to complete the look.
Which of these clever accessories you choose for your kitchen cabinets will depend on your unique situation, but whatever route you go, rest assured that it's one area where less really can be more.
Well, more or less.