Upper Cabinets--to Ceiling or Not? Please Help!
I am planning a traditional kitchen, which will have 10-foot ceilings. I plan on having one of the hearth-style hood surrounds that will go to the ceiling, and cannot decide whether the upper cabinets should go all the way to the ceiling or not.
The upper cabinets will be double stacked, with a shorter upper section over a taller lower section. A few of the shorter upper sections will have glass doors.
More storage is not an issue, and since I am doing the double stack on the uppers either way, the cost is about the same.
The room will have a heavy crown molding (which would also serve as the cabinet crown, if they go to the ceiling). The cabinets and millwork will be the same color (white), since the crown molding will form the crown for the range hood--so no issues with color either.
I am mainly wondering how the room will feel. (It is large 15' x 21' and open to adjoining areas--so no worries either way about feeling cramped.)
Does anyone know whether the room feels taller or shorter with the cabinets going to the ceiling--more or less spacious? Will I detract from the focal point of the hood with the taller cabinets, or does the fact that the hood is deeper make it stand out enough?
What factors normally drive this choice?
I am having difficulty visualizing. My old kitchen has the cabinets going all the way up, and I wonder if I do not do that in the new kitchen, if the cabinets will seem "stubby" specially where I am double stacking, where my current upper cabinets do not have the upper and lower sections.
Thanks for any advice/thoughts!