When we moved in our house four years ago, I knew one of the first rooms I wanted to do a makeover on was our kitchen.
Wasn’t it beautiful?!
I also knew that one of the first things I wanted to do was remove the soffit and upper cabinets and install open shelves.
Now my kitchen looks like this…
I LOVE my open shelves!!
When I shared them on my blog, most readers loved them too.
However, I had some readers not like the idea of open shelves, and that is totally fine.
And every now and then, I get a comment or email asking me if I still like my open shelves, or if they get dirty easily.
Well, I am hear to tell you that almost four years later, I am still in love with my open shelves and here are four reasons why.
1. All of my dishes are easy to reach.
I love being able to just reach up and grab a dish or cup that I need. I have the dishes that I use on a daily basis on the bottom open shelf.
There is no time wasted opening and closing doors. I just grab and go.
2. The shelves are easy to Decorate.
Open shelves literally decorate themselves. To me, they look beautiful just full of white dishes, and if that was all I ever wanted to do, that would look great.
But just add a few red dishes to the white ones, and boom, you are ready for Christmas!
In the spring, I put the red dishes in my pantry, and bring out more springy dishes.
Open shelves look great with baskets on them which makes for a lot of extra storage. I like to store my linen napkins in my baskets.
3. My open shelves keep me organized.
Like I said above, I only keep out the dishes that I use the most. The rest of my dishes that I only use every once and a while or on special occasions are in cabinets in the laundry room off of the kitchen.
I am amazed at how many kitchen items I almost never use! Open shelves help me keep away the clutter. When I had cabinets with doors, I would stuff them full of stuff because I knew that no one would really see it, and boy were they a mess!
4. It makes it easy for guests.
Have you ever been over someone’s house, and you are trying to help out in the kitchen, but all you keep saying is, “Where’s your bowls?” and “I don’t know where your glasses are?”
Not at my house! Everything is easy to see and easy to find, and I love that my guests do not have to ask me where everything is. I hope it makes them feel more comfortable in my home.
5. They are so easy to clean and the dirt can’t hide!
So, it always seems that the main reason that people don’t like open shelves is because they say they would be hard to keep clean.
Not true. Yes, they do get dirty, but not like people think.
Every couple of months, I just take a cloth and cleaner and wipe them off. No big deal.
And the good thing is that my shelves look clean all the time, even if they aren’t.
I also like that my shelves are white, so that when they are dirty, I can see the dirt and get rid of it. I’m glad the dirt isn’t hiding on dark wood cabinets.
So there you have it! Those are the reasons I am still loving my open shelves.
What are your thoughts about open shelves?
Love ‘em? Hate ‘em?