Should I “mix it up” and design a few Open Shelves in my kitchen?
They’re great for opening up space in your kitchen and they’re also a ‘must consider’ for small budgets since they’re less expensive than regular wall cabinets. Also, there’s a wide variety of looks to choose from: regular Akurum wall cabinets without doors, wooden shelves that match your base cabinets, such as the Norrtorp, Ekby, Hemnes, Lack and Besta series (to name a few) or metal shelves from the Grundtal series for a more industrial look.
However, one of the first things to consider is that open shelving requires neatness; otherwise instead of adding space and a certain style, you’ll end up with mess and clutter. Select carefully what items you’ll choose to display. The best choices are your prettiest pieces with frequent use. If you put out your fancy china, that’ll only be used a few times per year, then they’ll only end up collecting dust.
They’re the more common and practical choice. They let you store all your items away and out of sight plus utilize your space more efficiently… but they might make a small space feel crowded.
Lots more can be stored inside regular wall cabinets and if you’re short on space they’re the better choice. We’d like to see a bit of playfulness in every kitchen and suggest at least one 24″ open shelf. If not, then combining horizontal lift ups, glass doors and different wall cabinet heights (to break the straight lines) will add a creative touch to your kitchen.
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