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9. A multi-tiled backsplash and a fun base call for a subtle countertop. Two blocks of wood step in as breakfast seats at this peninsula that also serves to demarcate the kitchen from the rest of the living space.
No upper cabinetsIf you’re one for minimalism, why not go all the way and rule out upper storage altogether? Instead, opt for clean, uncluttered walls that unlock precious channels of negative space. You’ll be left with a brighter, airier kitchen, with a spare wall to accommodate artwork, statement lighting, a beautiful backsplash or nothing at all. Of course, by eliminating upper cabinets completely, you may be left with insufficient storage space, so it’s best to decide beforehand whether your lower cabinets alone will suffice for storage.