Thinking about whether you should put in open shelving?? Besides being easy and convenient, they are also so fun to decorate!
It took us over six years to do our kitchen remodel that started with my desire to replace 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 :).
My two favorite changes that we made to our kitchen are the bifold window and our open shelves ;).
I have heard so many mixed reviews on open shelves and I can honestly tell you THEY ARE AWESOME!
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Reasons to Install Open Shelves in your Kitchen
But First: Common Cons People Say About Open Shelves
- 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!!
And Now the Pros:
Life is Short – Use the Pretty Dishes
I read somewhere that unless you use dishes often – they will collect dust whether they are in a cabinet or not.
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!
They Make Your Dishes So Accessible
Okay – this may make me sound ridiculously lazy.
But open shelves 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!
Plus – if you have a certain someone or someones that tend to NOT CLOSE THE CABINET DOORS – this pretty much solves that problem ;0.
Open Shelves Are So Fun to Decorate for the Seasons
I have had my open shelves for almost six 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 for the different seasons:
Links to My Favorite Kitchen Items
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 😊.
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