Through decades of kitchen remodeling, Southwest Kitchen & Bath has seen a variety of kitchen trends come and go. One that’s been an in-demand request from homeowners in recent years is open shelving. Typically, open shelving replaces the upper cabinets in the kitchen, which would normally be enclosed. While this can create an Instagram-ready aesthetic for your kitchen remodel after photos, it’s worth thinking about the long-term use of these types of shelves. Here’s a closer look at the pros and cons of open shelving to help you decide if this look is right for your kitchen.
Open Shelving Pros
Homeowners are drawn to open shelves because they create visual interest in the upper half of the kitchen. Instead of enclosed cabinets, open shelves offer both storage and décor. Shelving may also be made from nearly any material from natural wood to stainless steel. Therefore, open shelves can fit into almost any design aesthetic. There’s also added convenience with tools, plates, and serving dishes within easier reach.
Open Shelving Cons
Care and maintenance are the biggest potential drawbacks of open shelving. In the dusty southwest, it doesn’t take long for dirt and debris to collect on exposed surfaces in the home. So, open shelves could put much more frequent dusting on the kitchen cleaning schedule. In addition, open shelving may not be ideal in busy kitchens used by big families. Because clutter has nowhere to hide, open shelving can create an overly busy aesthetic in the kitchen. Even in a tame household, open shelving demands more organization in the kitchen along with matching dishes and display pieces.
Working with Southwest Kitchen & Bath for your kitchen remodel, you can gain the benefit of our expert insight on kitchen design trends. From quick improvements with cabinet refacing to full kitchen remodels, we do it all! Call us at (520) 531-9187 to discuss your project.