Susan Serra of the Kitchen Designer confirms that the trend towards open kitchen shelves and cabinets is very hot right now. Not everyone requires the sleek frosted glass or oak built-ins anymore. Open kitchen shelves offer less privacy but they also provide ease of use as well as a warmth for showing your taste in dishware and glasses.
One issue that prevents many from going with open kitchen shelves are that they require constant cleaning and dusting. We recommend not stuffing a bunch of junk in your shelves but rather only items that can be easily removed for a light but regular cleaning of the shelves.
Open kitchen shelves also require less cabinetry hardware since there are no doors but because your items are uncovered you need to make sure they look good at all times as open kitchen shelves tend to get cluttered extremely quickly.
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