Open Shelving Pros and Cons

White painted drawer and reclaimed wood shelvesOpen shelving is one of those design elements people tend to either love or hate, so if you’re one that loves them – this article is for you.  “Going with open shelving provides an opportunity to break up the look of cabinets upon cabinets in the kitchen,” says Normandy Designer Kathryn O’Donovan.  “They’re great for introducing color and texture into the space with minimal commitment, giving you the ability to swap objects in and out easily.”

“Cabinetry gives you the opportunity to hide clutter, whereas with open shelving it’s all out there for people to see.  To avoid a cluttered look, I’d recommend leaving as small of a footprint as possible for items.  For instance, if you’re using the shelves for plates and cups, don’t place the items individually but rather in stacks,” commented Kathryn.  “You also want to avoid the shelves being covered in trinkets and such, which can clutter the shelves in a hurry.”

Open shelving, white oak cabinets, farmhouse sink, stainless steal dishwasher, gold fixtures and hardware

“Open shelving can work with any style kitchen, providing the shelves and brackets reflect the style you’re going for.  For example, you wouldn’t want fussy, detailed brackets for a modern kitchen,” notes Kathryn.  “Overall, I’d say open shelving is a fun way to bring some drama to the kitchen with scale, color and texture; they’re not a design element you’re going to find in every kitchen.”

Open shelving isn’t just for your kitchen, it can work well in other areas of your home such as laundry rooms and mudrooms. If you are thinking of remodeling your kitchen or contemplating more extensive changes to your home, set up a time with Kathryn to talk about the possibilities. You can also learn more about additions, kitchens or other remodeling projects at an upcoming workshop. Check out the photo gallery or follow Normandy Remodeling on Facebook and Instagram for even more home tips and inspiration.


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