Advantages and disadvantages of open shelves in a kitchen
Open-concept kitchen, Wikipedia.
This is one of the trends in France. Open shelves are an element of kitchen decor that hold a great debate. For some, they are old-fashioned and impractical, for others they make all the charm of such a decor and make it easy to find everything you need. Functional and decorative, they allow storing tableware, and utensils as well as cans and pans, storage items or decorative accessories. We enjoy exhibiting and showcasing.
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Certainly, this type of storage will not suit everyone. In some kitchen, open shelves can become a nice complement to the interior decor and bring additional kitchen storage options. If you trade classic kitchen closets for more airy shelves, you will visually enlarge the room. The best way will be to keep both. With a little organization, they can both bring a friendly and practical touch.
Open-concept kitchen, Houzz.
Open storage allows you to display objects that you like to see, and which are part of the kitchen’s decorating style, at the same time freeing up space in closed closets. With a shelf, the utensils and tableware are easily and quickly accessible and storage is easier. Not to mention the elegant touch of open storage.
Open kitchen, Apartment Therapy.
You can place a green plant, colorful vases or even a collection of vintage boxes to add some style of your own, something you cannot do with traditional kitchen closets.
However, there is a disadvantage to open shelves space, that can push many people to give up their use. They require regular cleaning efforts from dust, grease, splashes, … Open shelves in a kitchen do indeed need special care in cleaning and maintenance. To enjoy all the aesthetic and practical benefits of this decor, it is necessary to dust off often and take care of the items that are stored there. These must be maintained and arranged in an impeccable manner. Logically, on open storage, dust accumulates much more. A tip, place utensils that you use daily on your shelves, to prevent them from getting dirty without being used.
Beside the cleaning aspect, who says open shelf also says impeccable kitchen! To enhance your shelves and bring a touch of color to the room, it is essential to expose beautiful sets of dishes, decorative objects trendy or vintage, decorative boxes, great set of pot and pan, etc. to give elegance and charm to the room. If your dishes are not tidy, or your tableware don’t really look good, the whole room will look messy.
Pictures on kitchen shelves, Lonny.
If you plan to decorate your kitchen shelves with vintage copper or silver objects, they should be cleaned and polished as often as possible. It is the same for all the other objects we want to expose to the eyes: cookbooks, various utensils, decorative objects etc… It is important to consider this aspect of open-plan kitchen maintenance so that you can properly allocate the time you spend on household chores daily.
Open-concept kitchen, HGTV.
This style of decor is equally suitable for many kitchens. In a classic and shabby chic cuisine, the shelves will be in wood and the plates in porcelain, with plenty of antique decorative pieces to show off.
In an industrial style kitchen, the shelves will be in metal and sometimes even copper imitating the appearance of industrial place with architectural details specific to the old factories.