Open Kitchen Shelves are Hot!

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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    August 4, 2007 at 10:26 am

    Thank you for linking to this post! I appreciate it! You know, you hit on something, by saying “ease of use.” It’s really true. One can easily change their mind on what to store on their shelves, quickly and easily moving objects around, maybe changing for the seasons, even in a small way. Change is fresh, and open shelving gives that opportunity. Good catch!

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    August 5, 2007 at 12:44 pm

    The problem with open shelving is that, in a real working kithen, your plates and everything else on the shelves, gets covered with a delightful layer of grease….

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    Anne (in Reno)
    August 8, 2007 at 11:18 am

    Yeah, this is something I have been wondering about. They look so nice in photo shoots but in reality how do you keep them clean? And all my stuff never looks that neat, where are they storing all their stuff that doesn’t match (Nalgene bottles, travel coffee mugs, the ugly stuff)? I would love to put them in my kitchen based on how they look in photos like this one, but is it realistic?

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    kari Kim
    May 10, 2008 at 11:47 am

    I was wondering if you know the color of the cabinets in the “open shelves
    are hot” post? I love the design and color and would like to match the
    paint. Thank you so much for your time.

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    June 15, 2008 at 3:05 pm

    how do you do it

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    peter schoder
    July 31, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Hi Susan.
    I’ve always admired this look.
    It’s always been easy to use in a country style fitting, because the brackets that hold the shelves are both attractive and functional.
    What advise do you have for a more modern look.
    Have you found any systems that can hold the weight of dishes?
    Let me know.

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