Open Shelving in Kitchens-In or Out?

Open Shelving in Kitchens-In or Out?

There is a growing trend in kitchen design, either when renovating or for new construction for open shelving storage-for uppers primarily, but also replacing lower cabinets as well. I’m currently working on a complete home renovation with a younger couple (younger then me that is) who like the look and we are planning it for their kitchen. Because the Mr. is French and they have a European sensibility they like it a lot.

Open Shelving-kitchen by Melanie Turner found on Zhush blogspot

Here is what I know and like about them:

  • the ease of finding something you need
  • the ease of putting away dishes
  • having your cooking spices and frequently used oils etc easily accessible

    easy access to everyday cooking ingredients-image via Design stiles

  • it would force me to keep everything neat and tidy
  • It’s less expensive to build out in the case of renovation
Here’s what I know and don’t like about them:
  • I don’t like open shelving to replace bottom cabinets because of floor dirt, animals and dust

    My pots would never look like this-image via Maisons Cote’ Sud – Photography by Nicolas Matheus on /aesthetically thinking blogspot

  • I do like some cabinetry to hide the items that don’t match or aren’t all that aesthetically pleasing
  • What usually goes down low are things like pots and pans. I have yet to find a a way to display those nicely
We are going ahead with it and I will keep you posted. By the way…open shelving isn’t only for kitchens, but that’s another story, for another post.
I’m curious…what do you think about this trend? In the meantime, check out the video below for alternative open shelving looks, and, won’t you let me know what you think?





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