• Refresh Your Kitchen with Open Shelving

  • One of the biggest home renovation trends we’ve been seeing that you may want to consider is open kitchen shelving. There’s something about being able to see everything at a glance and having it all within arm’s reach that makes this option so appealing. Consider it as a more modern way to display your most beautiful dishware than a traditional china cabinet. Here are some benefits to open shelving and how you can incorporate it into your kitchen.

    Customize It

    There are many kinds of materials and configurations you can go with when opting to incorporate open shelving into your kitchen. It can be a single unit or composed of multiple individual shelves. Start by choosing from materials such as metal, wood, or even marble. We recommend mixing and matching cabinets with open shelving. This makes for an interesting, more dynamic look and is much easier to maintain as you can still tuck your less attractive and infrequently used items away in cabinets.

    Make it Work

    A great benefit to open-shelving is the convenience of seeing what you have at a glance and the ease of grabbing what you need without doors getting in the way. A popular spot to place open shelving is on either side of a stove hood, which makes for an attractive focal point for your kitchen. For the sake of functionality, you’ll want to place the shelves at the correct height. Keep in mind you’ll want to choose a height that allows enough room above the counter, yet they’re not placed so high that it would be difficult to reach your heavily-used items. Your cabinet installation professional should be able to give you some tips on the perfect placement for your shelving.

    Save More By Using Less

    If you are happy with the current kitchen layout and the dimensions of your cabinets and you’re not looking for a full remodel, you can match or complement existing cabinets with your new open shelving by opting for cabinet refacing. Cabinet refacing allows you to change the appearance of the cabinets you already have by making improvements to them such as swapping out the door, changing the color, and/or switching out the handles. This will give your kitchen a whole new look at a fraction of the time and cost! Open shelving itself uses less material and is easier to install, so you’re looking to save money there as well.

    You’ll be amazed at how much bigger your space can look and what a significant impact these improvements can have for a reasonable price!

    *Photo Credit: Ryan Garvin (HGTV)