The home magazines are filled with pictures and articles about open shelving for the kitchen. Is this a new trend or a throwback to simple adorned times? Homeowners seek ways to make affordable renovations to their kitchen during tough economic times. Austerity trumps extravagance when it comes to revamping kitchen cabinets. Extras like cabinets with a lot of ornamentation are costly. Open shelving gives you a money saving option to store and display your dinnerware.
Open Shelving Makes an impact
You can expand your kitchen without tearing down walls. Open shelving widens a small space by giving a room an airy and unobstructed design. Your eye is drawn upwards because open shelves create the illusion of a higher ceiling.
Types of Open Shelving
Wood shelves both stained and painted are good choices for incorporating into your kitchen remodel. By dressing up shelves with metal or wood scrolled brackets you can give the shelves a traditional or rustic look. You can also create a cottage look, when you add a salvaged corbel and paint the shelf white.
For an industrial look use stainless steel or butcher block floating, open shelving. A floating shelf has no visible brackets instead it is supported on threaded steel rods. The rods are anchored into the wall studs.
Instant Open Shelving
You can create open shelving without having to hang anything. Simply take the doors off some of your upper cabinets. After removing the doors all you need to do are a few touch ups. Use wood putty to fill in the hinge holes and cover with stain or paint.
Open or Shut
Leaving your stuff open to public view can give some homeowners anxiety. Not only do you have to make sure everything is neatly displayed you may need to clean and dust the objects more often. Dirt and dust can become a nuisance if you don’t regularly use the dishware.
If you are contemplating open shelving, you also have to decide if that means storing food items. To make them look neat and attractive you should do way with the packaging and store food in containers.
You don’t have to do all open shelving in your kitchen. You can do a combination of shelves and cabinets. Open shelving will afford you the exposure you crave while cabinets will provide the privacy you desire.