Open Shelving in the Kitchen—Yay or Nay?  Open Shelving in the Kitchen—Yay or Nay?

Open Shelving in the Kitchen—Yay or Nay?

Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Sunday, August 9, 2020

Does it have staying power or will it wither away once people come to terms with its lack of function? Will you love it or regret it if you rip out all your upper cabinets? Those are the questions were posing today as we examine the pros and cons of open shelving.

Rise in popularity

If it seems like open shelving is everywhere, thats because it is. Open shelving is one the most popularand also thenbsp;most controversialkitchen trends of recent years, said Apartment Therapy.nbsp;

Some kitchens, in an effort to look updated and open, have eliminated upper cabinets enti>

Another way to get your feet wet is to simply remove the front of your cabinets instead of taking them down all together. This way, you can get the look without a major change, and you can always put the doors back on when the fad eventually passes.

Light, airy, and open

Thats what a lot of people are looking for when they make the decision to go with open shelving. And it workssometimes too well. Getting rid of all the typical upper cabinets can sometimes make a space look too minimalist. Open shelving can also look a bit unfinished, said Apartment Therapy.

Showcasing the goodsnbsp;

Then again, its a great way to highlight china, nice dishes, or dcor items.nbsp;

Highlighting a mess

Of course, that requires you to have china, nice dishes, or dcor items, and to be able to display them in some kind of orderly fashioninstead of like a typical home where bowls may be mismatched, or at least stacked unevenly.nbsp;

But, if youre seeking a way to get motivated to have a clean and orderly kitchen, this could help. If youre looking for a built-in, training-wheel kitchen setup to help ensure that you stay organized, then open shelving might be a good idea, said HGTV. The trick is: you have to commit to keeping things neat so you can avoid having your kitchen look like a hot-mess yard sale.

Its dusty in here

Regardless of what your dishes look like, theyre likely to get dusty without the benefit of being behind closed doors. While we love looking at neatly arranged dishware on an open shelf, the reality can be a bit frustrating. Namely, due to all the dust and grease that end up on the carefully-arranged plates, bowls, mugsnbsp;and glassware, said House Beautiful. In fact, the site is so adamant about its stance on open shelving that the trend made it list of 9 Trendy Home Features That Are Secretly a Pain.

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