About five years ago, we started a kitchen remodel by replacing our stainless steel sink with a farmhouse sink (in case you want to know more – go read my kitchen remodel post!). Everything about that kitchen remodel was done out of order but at least I got the end result I was looking for :).
One of my favorite changes I made in the kitchen was to put in open shelving. I have heard so many mixed reviews on this decor feature and I can honestly tell you THEY ARE AWESOME!
These are some of the cons I have heard about open shelving and my two cents on those cons:
- They get dustier than closed shelves – I kid you not when I say I have not seen any more amount of dust on my dishes or shelves than when they were closed cabinets (I promise!)
- You don’t have pretty matching dishes to put on them – I don’t know about you but my everyday dishes were LONG OVERDUE for an update… and really I didn’t need much. I bought some simple white dishes, bowls, and mugs. Then I Marie Kondo’ed the rest and what I kept I put in a different closed cabinet :).
- You are not sure what else to put on them besides dishes. Actually I thought the same dang thing at first. I have had them for a few years now and I can honestly say they have become one of my most favorite places in my house to decorate!!
Now on to the reasons why I love my open shelves!
Pretty much the exact same reasons above!
I read somewhere that unless you use dishes often – they will collect dust. So why not display them out in the open anyway and dust them off when you are ready to use them?? duh 🤷♀️
Use the pretty dishes! Alot!! Life is oh so short – stop saving your favorite dishes for another day!
Like I said above – they are sooooo fun to decorate for the different seasons of the year! More on that below :).
They are so freaking easy and convenient. It probably took me all of one day to realize how much I enjoy not having a cabinet door to open and close when I put away my clean dishes… please don’t call me lazy- I swear it’s easier!
Open shelves are sooo fun to decorate!
As I said above, I have had my open shelves for almost four years now and have had a blast decorating them for the various seasons!
Here are just a few of the ways I have decorated them over the years:
This is actually what they look like today ;):
And this is how I made them festive for Valentine’s Day:
Decked out for Christmas 🎄
My Fallified Open Shelves 🍁
Notice the ginger snap cookies in the above photo? If you want the recipe for them still – here ya go!
This is what I did with them for Fall 2019 (can you find the differences??!!) 🤷♀️
And here is what they looked like for most of 2020:
Okay – so have I convinced you to take out some cabinets in your kitchen and replace with open shelving yet?
Or if you already have open shelves in your kitchen – maybe this post is helpful in giving you a few ideas on how to decorate them throughout the year 😊.
Here are some of my kitchen favorites: