Almost every kitchen seen on Instagram, Pinterest and Houzz incorporates open shelving. There is quite the appeal for social media influencers to look like they have everything under control, life is good, and there is never a mess in sight. When done correctly, open shelving can give this illusion. But it comes at a cost. Here are a few things to think about before you open up your shelves.
Gives an open and simplistic feeling
Having dishes, fruit, cutting board or other kitchen items on display shows that you’re a real person. However, having them always organized also shows how you have a real grip on life. At least that is what social media has made it out to be. I personally love open shelving when done right. They key is, the stuff you have on your open shelves, is either stuff you never use, or stuff you use frequently. If you use the same bowl every day, having it on an open shelf is fine, since dust wont collect within a day. having your fancy dishes that are for looking at, or small pieces of art, are also a great way to create the calm and collected look we are all trying to portray.
Makes the kitchen feel larger
Without big boxy cabinets covering the wall space, there is a good 10″ of extra space on your kitchen walls. This makes a huge impact on kitchens big and small.
Cost may be a factor in the choice of how a kitchen remodel is done! One great benefit to open shelving is that it can be much cheaper than than cabinet boxes! It can also cost the same depending on the route you go, but generally it will be at least a bit cheaper.
Storage is always a huge concern in kitchens. Everyone lives by the idea that “the more storage, the better”. With open shelving, it takes away the ability to hide unsightly countertop appliances, poorly stackable storage containers, and older chipped dishes that are still functional.
With dishes you use once a week or every other week. Dust will collect, and you’ll have to wash them again before you serve food.
This goes hand and hand with the storage. Most kitchens have some sort of clutter, with the last of closed shelving, all the clutter will either be crammed in lower shelves, or displayed for the whole world to see.