Usually reserved for commercial kitchens, open shelving has been popular in residential homes for some time now. This makes sense for a kitchen that gets a lot of use. Why fish through closed cabinets when everyday items can be close at hand? At the same time, we spend a lot of time selecting our dishes, glasses and serveware, what's the point in shielding them from view when they can add to the decor of the room that's filled with hard lines and boring appliances. These are both valid arguments for open shelving, but there are plenty of cons as well. Let the debate begin!
I'll start with the pros, because starting on a brighter note is always better! If you've ever been in a kitchen with walls of shelves rather than cabinets, you understand the sense of openness and the inviting feeling it gives off. It's a kitchen that says "come on in, pull up a seat and grab a fork!" In other words, "Help yourself." The room itself feels larger and the casual vibe runs throughout. At a dinner party or holiday gathering, friends and family won't have to ask you where to find things or rummage through cabinets.
A big plus can come from the fact that guests eyes will be gazing at your pretty collection of bowls and such, rather than the outdated flooring or appliances. Don't worry about not having a cohesive set of dishes and glassware, if you can't tell from my previous articles, I tend to think uniformity is overrated! Save the matchy-matchy for folks who do one-stop shopping at large chain stores. Varied pieces that share a common theme, color or style are far more pleasing to the eye. Plus, it makes that platter handed down from Grandma and chaffing dish "borrowed" from Mom that much more special.
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