Feather Your Nest Friday - Open Kitchen Shelving Dilemma

Kristina Crestin Design

I've been working on an elaborate post in between other material for two weeks covering styling tips for open kitchen shelving.  We've all seen those gorgeous, stylish kitchens with upper cabinets replaced with open shelving, perfectly styled and looking so appealing. I've even removed the doors from one of my cupboards to try my own tips. 

However, I've really been struggling with this post and then it dawned on me that before I could honestly suggest Do's and Don'ts, I had to answer some questions that continue to gnaw at me.

I love the look of open shelving in kitchens perfectly styled with neat stacks of dishes and accessories, but how practical are they to maintain? Will it require new dishware to look appealing? And where do you put everything else?  

I started thinking about how often I wash my dishes. For my family it's usually once a day, which means many of my dishes are stored in the dishwasher until evening. Anyway, my point being I kept butting heads with a list of drawbacks that I really want to answer. 

Therefore, I've decided to reach out to you for your input and ask for your help.  If you have open shelving in your kitchen (or have had in the past), I would love to know what you think. Are you happy with your decision? If you had it to do over, would you design a kitchen with open shelving? Or, would you go back to traditional cabinets with doors? What are the pros and cons? What tips can you share that help you keep the shelving looking stylish? 

If you've never had open shelving in your kitchen, what do you think about this trend? Are you considering open shelving in your kitchen? What do you consider to be the pros and cons?

If you would like, please feel free to email photos and or tips to decoratedmantel@gmail.com.  With your permission, I would love to share your ideas and tips. Unless otherwise requested, I will share only your first name.

Sound off in the comments! Or send them to my email!

I look forward to hearing from you!



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