My first don't is open kitchen shelving. It can be beautiful and I'll give some examples to prove my point.
I, too have white dishes that create attractive, orderly stacks. These do speak to my OCD side and visible order is a beautiful thing. Mix it with some handmade pottery and wood tones and I am a happy camper.
But the reality is, if I open all my cabinet doors and take stock, it is clear that about 20% of what is in there is visually attractive. The rest, although absolutely necessary for daily cooking and living, just shouldn't be on display. So where do you put it? The bottom cabinets are full. A normal house just doesn't have the space for this trend to be practical.
My question is, who thinks up these trends and how do they become popular? Things in home design shouldn't become trendy only because they look great. They have to function extremely well. Granted we all live in our homes differently and if I didn't cook, I might consider open shelves. But then what about dust? Do you wash the dishes before you use them as well as after? I just don't see the advantage of creating new chores!
I am embarrassed to admit how stunned I was to see the greasy crud that settled on the top of my old kitchen cabinets. I perched on a ladder with bucket and soap and tried to clean them occasionally, but I knew the job wasn't getting done. When we had our cabinets replaced (oh, about 15 years ago!) I had them built to go to the ceiling just because of that crud. It is much easier to regularly wipe the cabinet doors.
A possible compromise is open shelving in the eating area like in the image below - reduced crud but dust still has to be an issue.
I'd love to hear from you on this topic. Open shelving - do you have it or not? Do you want it or not? If you've got it, is it just another chore? Why do you think this trend caught on?
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