Happy Monday here’s hoping you have a happy and productive week! Let’s talk about open shelving in the kitchen. Yay or Nay? Have you been feeling this trend but been on the fence about if it would be right for you? Well, I have 5 reasons why open shelving in the kitchen won’t work for you. Well, not all of you but some of you.
(Beautifully designed by Elizabeth Lawson Design)
Personally, I love the look of open shelving in the kitchen. They take up a lot less visual space than cabinets. They also have a way of opening a space, making it feel bright and airy. Open shelves offer easy access to frequently used pieces, which is perfect for the chef extraordinaire. Another benefit of open shelving is that they’re more affordable than traditional upper cabinets. All that said, open shelving in the kitchen is not right for everyone.
(Beautifully designed by Brooke Wagner)
If you’re embarking on a kitchen renovation or building a new home and you’re weighing the open shelving option, there are things you should consider. It’s important to know yourself and how you live. I mean be totally honest with yourself. This isn’t the time for denial, sit down and have a real heart to heart talk with yourself. Renovating a kitchen is not cheap, so the last thing you want to do is make a costly decision that you’ll later be unhappy with.
OK, so let’s just get to it!
5 Reasons Why Open Shelving In The Kitchen Won’t Work For You
1. You’re More Of A Takeout Person Rather Than A Cook
Do all the restaurants in your neighborhood know you by name? If you consume most of your meals outside the home, storing your dinnerware on open shelves is probably not ideal. Since you don’t use these items often, they’ll only collect dust. And dusty dishes on display is not the business. Therefore, for those that don’t cook and only have a kitchen because it comes standard with a home, stick to traditional cabinetry. Remember open shelving works best for those who frequently use their dinnerware. Because these items are being used a lot, they’re being washed on a regular basis. If you’re all like…but Tia one day I’m going to cook and I still like the look of open shelving. A good compromise is to mix both open shelves and wall cabinets in your kitchen.
2. You Have Some Dirty Little Secrets Hiding Behind Closed Doors
When you open your cabinets do things fall out? Are your cabinets doubling as a medicine cabinet, craft storage, toy box, and/or a GNC? Are you storing everything but the kitchen sink in your cabinets? Must you have all the dishes and you’re not willing to part with any of them? Do you own a collection of mix match dinnerware that is chipped and has seen better days? If you answered yes to these questions, then it’s probably best to stick with traditional cabinets with doors. The last thing that you want is a bunch of visual clutter on display in your kitchen. And let’s be honest, you really have to display things on open shelves nice and pretty.
3. You’re Way Too Private
If the idea of having your bowls, plates, and glasses on display makes you feel icky inside and all exposed…then, by all means, stick with traditional cabinets. Let’s be honest not everyone loves the thought of having their items on display or find that visually appealing. Some people prefer to leave a few things to the imagination. All trends are not for everyone and that’s perfectly ok.
4. You’re A Fry Daddy Or Mama
If you own stock in a cooking oil company and will fry anything from food to deserts, open shelving will be a nightmare for you. Particularly, open shelves close to your range will be problematic. Why? Because your dishes will regularly be sporting a greasy residue from all that frying. The solution, stick with cabinets and keep frying my friend.
5. This Isn’t Your Forever Home
If you know that you’ll be selling your home in the future, for resale value, open shelves may not be a good choice. Not every buyer will be warm to open shelving (see all the reasons above). When you’re selling your home it’s important to appeal to the most amount of buyers as possible. You certainly don’t want to dwindle your buyer pool with something as taste-specific as open shelving in the kitchen. Keep in mind that kitchens and baths sell a home. So, it’s important to make smart decisions when renovating or updating a home you plan on selling.