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IS OPEN SHELVING A GOOD IDEA IN A KITCHEN?

IS OPEN SHELVING A GOOD IDEA IN A KITCHEN?

Open Shelving Requires Discipline

Beautiful platters and unique collectibles on open display look fabulous in staged kitchens, and they are popular with many an interior designer. Latest kitchen trends favor open plan spaces but be aware of the implications of open shelving and ask yourself these questions before committing.

AM I TIDY ENOUGH?

It is a very legitimate question that requires an honest answer. Are you likely to start using your open shelving as a dumping ground? If so, you may want to limit yourself and keep most cabinets closed, so it doesn’t matter whether everything is always in apple pie order.

WILL STYLING A SHELF TAKE AWAY FROM MY STORAGE?

Creating more storage space is one of the most frequently stated reasons for kitchen remodeling. If open shelving is going to reduce your storage, then think twice. For open shelves to look good, they need to be styled, grouping similar objects together to create little still life snapshots, with the odd plant thrown in for good measure.

WILL I BE ABLE TO KEEP THEM CLEAN?

If your house is dusty, I wouldn’t recommend too much open shelving as you will be constantly fighting with the dirt and dust. Open shelves too near your cooking area can result in the displayed items being covered in a thin layer of grease. Talk to your Pasadena kitchen contractor about having glass fronts on some of your cabinets. They will keep your displays relatively dust free. They give an airy look to a space and lighting inside the cabinets can create ambience and a wonderful focal point.

By Jane Noble