Comments (67)
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
Lisa

I agree with Susan Murin!! My open shelves hold all of my daily use plates, bowls and glasses. I even specifically purchased hanging elephant tail silverware so it can be easily accessible too! I'll regularly toss my little-used red martini glasses into the dishwasher to make a full load since they're on the shelf more for added color, and my big serving platter and "chip-and-dip" server (that I wouldn't have purchased for myself because it's so hard to store in a small kitchen) get washed before their occasional use. When open shelves are used functionally in a small kitchen, "grime" is simply not an issue.

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
PRO
dreamdoctor

The devil, and the divine, are both in the details. Some of each works best - every day on the shelves and less used in cabinets. To not have grease/grimes from cooking requires a well-designed (not necessarily high CFM) hood.

2 Likes    
Thank you for reporting this comment. Undo
LAR SC

I am sorry, but if you put open shelving in a small kitchen you have no cabinets. Where do you put dishes, glasses and the stuff that goes in cabinets that doesn't look very pretty out in the open 24 x 7?

3 Likes    

Related Stories

Kitchen Workbook 8 Steps to Surviving a Kitchen Remodel
Living through a kitchen remodel isn’t always fun, but these steps will help you work around a kitchen in disarray
Full Story
Kitchen Workbook How to Start a Kitchen Remodel
When revamping your kitchen, ask yourself these questions to ensure you plan well
Full Story
Trending Now The 10 Most Popular New Kitchens Right Now
Get ideas for island styles, warm color palettes and more from these most-saved new photos
Full Story
New This Week 7 New Kitchens With Dark and Moody Elements
See how pros play with dark finishes and features to create stylish kitchens with strokes of drama
Full Story
Kitchen Countertops 10 Dramatic Kitchen Island Countertop Ideas
See how various styles of quartzite, marble, soapstone, quartz and wood elevate the look and feel of these kitchens
Full Story
New This Week 4 New Kitchens With Fun Backsplash Ideas
Pros share details on the backsplash colors, materials and styles they used to add pop and personality
Full Story
Kitchen Workbook 4 Steps to Get Ready for Kitchen Construction
Keep your project running smoothly from day one by following these guidelines
Full Story
Kitchen of the Week Kitchen of the Week: Warm Neutral Style in Wood and Limestone
An Oklahoma designer creates an inviting space that mixes warm wood and natural stone for an elevated transitional style
Full Story
Kitchen Islands 12 Kitchen Island Designs Worth Considering
Get inspiration for creating seating, storage and style from fashionable and functional kitchen islands
Full Story
Kitchen Workbook When to Pick Kitchen Fixtures and Finishes
Is it faucets first and sinks second, or should cabinets lead the way? Here is a timeline for your kitchen remodel
Full Story