The question of open shelving is coming up more often, as minimal garden-to-table lifestyles and design are again finding their way into design magazines. This is not necessarily “just a trend,” as many of us are reevaluating our priorities and lifestyles. More time at home, due to the pandemic, has given many of us a lot of time to think about more sustainable ways of life, and this in turn has left many of us reevaluating processes such as gardening, cooking, composting, etc. Naturally, given these factors, the question of open shelving vs. tucking goods away, is at the fore of kitchen design discussion. So, we thought we’d put together a list of a few items to consider when thinking about whether to go open.

1. Transparency

Open shelving can give your space an open appearance, making the room feel bigger than if all of your dishes were tucked away. It’s also an easy way to bring beautiful tableware out in the open, even when you’re not using it.

2. Cost

It only makes sense. No cabinet doors means less wood, and when using fine, durable wood, the cost can add up quickly. However, there’s no reason to think you have to go all or nothing. When working with your design team, you may want to consider a combination of open shelving and closed cabinetry to meet your needs.