Open Shelving Kitchen Addition: Pros and Cons


Has open shelving become a want in your kitchen? Whether on Pinterest or a recorded video of Fixer Upper, open shelving in the kitchen is all the rage. Open Shelving is look with widespread appeal. This versatile design choice works in the city or the country; it’s equally suited for a rustic farmhouse-style home and a modern Brooklyn brownstone. Opting for a cabinet-free (or semi cabinet-free) kitchen makes a strong statement when done right. And does this style make sense in your home or with your lifestyle?

As with any design decision, there are Pros and Cons. Now we have listed the very best and worst qualities of open shelving that should be considered before ripping up your kitchen on an inspired Saturday morning.

It can also flex your stylish decor by displaying that collection of your unique dishes. This look is a beautiful way to display them, points out.

Con: It can be a hot mess

Are you a “Konvert,”  a devotee of Marie Kondo‘s minimalist tidying methods? Adhering to Kondo-level neatness is pretty much required with open shelving to keep them looking presentable.

Very few people are extremely tidy, and these shelves need an organized approach to stacking and storing dishes. If the items don’t match or coordinate with one another, they’ll look messy.

The goal is to enhance the room’s design, not detract from it, and kids’ plastic cups and mismatched dishes will not look good on these open shelves .

To curb the clutter, consider hiding smaller items in baskets and transferring food staples such as dried beans, rice, flour, and sugar into glass canisters, Basher advises.

Pro: You’ll save money

Fewer materials and easier installation make open shelving an affordable option if you want to remodel your kitchen.

If you’re especially handy, putting these up can be a DIY project.

“Homeowners can save up to $1,000, both in terms of doing your own installation and by not purchasing cabinets from a retailer,” Lewis says.

Con: You might have to do more dishes

The cleaning aspect of open shelving can be a nightmare.

Heat from appliances causes dirt and dust in the air to stick to exposed surfaces, including your cups, glasses, and the shelves. That means you’ll probably be washing your plates and bowls much more often.

Pro: You can go halfway

Good news if you’re not sure you want to go full open kitchen: You can install half open shelving and half cabinets. This will allow you to get on board with the trend and keep clutter at bay.

You can put mismatched dishes and pots and pans in the cabinets and feature your decorative items on the shelves.

Con: It can look cheap

Installation requires strong anchoring and sturdy, quality materials.

The main things that cheapen the whole look are the items you place on the shelves. If it looks like you shoved everything on the shelf, it will look messy.

You can use this opportunity to downsize your inventory of kitchenware.

Now it is time to do some spring cleaning before doing this remodel. Throw out anything chipped, never used, or outdated, and buy new dishes that match. You can opt for different shades if they are part of a single-color scheme and remember to group like items when you display these new purchases.

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