Open shelving in kitchens has been a trend in recent years, not only for home owners with a smaller kitchen footprint, but the large, luxurious kitchens are boasting open shelving as well. Some clients like the aesthetic nature of open shelves, some like the functionality of them, and some like to use a combination of both open and closed storage. Here are some of the pro's and con's for you to consider if you are thinking about incorporating them into your kitchen.
For fans of open shelving, the positives abound.
- They help a space (especially smaller kitchens) feel open and airy
- They keep frequently-used items within easy reach
- They create a display that tells a personal story of things collected
- They are typically less expensive than closed cabinetry and can be a significant budget saver
- For those who like to redecorate and restyle often, they provide an easy way to keep your home feeling and looking fresh
- For those who like order, they can keep you from accumulating unnecessary things and limit the number of items you can display
But let's look at the drawbacks to open shelving.
- If your life is busy, they cannot hide disorganization like closed cabinetry can
- They can make a kitchen look cluttered if items are not displayed with thoughtfulness
- Depending on where they are located, items are not protected from gathering dust, dirt, pet hair, or grease
- They do not offer the same amount of storage as cabinetry
At the end of the day, your kitchen storage should be functional, efficient, and work with your personal cooking style.