During the last several years, open shelving has become a kitchen fixture in Albuquerque. What do you think about this trend? Do you think you should incorporate it into your own kitchen?
Can it survive once people recognize that it lacks functionality? Or will it wither away? If you remove all your upper cabinets, will you love it or regret it? These are the questions we’re looking at as we explore both the pros and cons of open shelving.
Rise in popularity
You may notice that open shelving is everywhere. “Open shelving is one of the most popular—and also controversial—kitchen trends of recent years,” states Apartment Therapy.
Open shelving has replaced upper cabinets entirely in some kitchens in an effort to make them appear more open and modern. While others only replace one or two smaller sections of upper cabinets, others utilize the trend to a greater extent. This is a good place to start if you are hesitant to convert your entire kitchen to open shelving.
You can also get started by taking off the fronts of your cabinets rather than removing them all. By doing this, you can achieve the look without a major change, and you can always replace the doors if the trend passes.
Light, airy, and open
Having open shelving offers all of that, and that’s why many people opt for it. Sometimes it works too well. An empty space can sometimes look too minimalist if you remove all of the upper cabinets.
Showcasing the goods
It’s also a great way to showcase china, nice dishes, or decor.
Highlighting a mess
In order to do this, you have to have china, good dishes, or decorative items, as well as the ability to display them in an orderly fashion – instead of mismatched bowls or unequally stacked items.
However, if you’re looking for a way to be motivated to keep your kitchen clean, this could be helpful. The HGTV website suggests open shelving if you are looking for an organized, built-in setup to keep your kitchen organized. In order to prevent having your kitchen look like a hot mess, you must commit to making sure everything is neat.
It’s dusty in here
If you don’t keep your dishes behind closed doors, they will likely get dusty no matter how they look. It’s great to see a neatly arranged dishware collection on a shelf, but the reality can be disappointing. The reason is that the plates, bowls, mugs, and glassware become covered in dust and grease due to their careful arrangement.
To sum it up, open shelving can look great in your kitchen. But you need to keep it neat and clean to maintain that look.
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