Open shelves Kitchen Design Ideas
4. Dust and grime aren't that big of a deal.
"Dust appears on the shelf, but I just wipe it off once a month or so while the dishes are being cleaned. Really, no dish sits there long enough to accumulate dust."
"I don't find we have the dust issues people worry about. Because we use all of the plates, bowls, and glasses on the shelves regularly, they don't have time to get dusty. Around the plates a little dust settles, but less than on my office bookcases! I run a Swiffer duster around every now and then." – Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse
See more of Brittany's kitchen (and her recent makeover here!) »
5. Shelves are actually easy to organize.
"I love the convenience, especially when guests (or the hubby, for that matter) are searching for something or helping tidy up. Everything finds its way back to its designated spot with open shelving and, counter-intuitively, it's actually easier to keep organized." – Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse
6. It's inexpensive.
Truth time: New cabinets aren't cheap. So if you're craving a new look for your dated kitchen, shelves can be the perfect, economical solution. Tight budget in mind, this clever blogger completely transformed her dark, dank kitchen into a bright an airy one.
"Open shelving is a very budget-friendly option! It's a project that can be done in a day, yet it makes a huge statement when done well."
Little Cottage on the Pond
7. You can show off your pretty dishware all the time.
"My dishes are by Emma Bridgewater, and in my opinion, they are too pretty to shut behind doors!"
"I like seeing my pretty glasswares and Pyrex on display. They've been hidden behind cupboard doors for so many years, so now it's their moment in the sun." – Tanya at Dans le Lakehouse
Considering open shelves but afraid to take the leap?
Many of the bloggers we talked to suggested a test run before making the big commitment. Remove your cabinet doors for a few weeks to emulate what open shelving will look and feel like. Then, you can easily put them back if you don't love it. (The same isn't true about demo-ing your kitchen impulsively!)
TELL US: Would you try open shelving?
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