When the setting is appropriate, open shelving in a kitchen can offer a lot of advantages. It creates quick and easy access to storage and can be a creative way to display prized housewares. • This type of kitchen storage would certainly predate any form of cabinetry, but has come into vogue in recent years in kitchen design where the homeowner is leaning toward a commercial kitchen or industrial look. It is also seen often in loft style kitchen spaces. • In the kitchen pictured, there is no adjoining cabinetry for above-counter storage, but often a combination of open shelves and closed cupboard space makes a great choice. These beautiful stainless steel shelves were also designed with built-in lights to illuminate down onto the shelf and counter below, lending a dramatic architectural benefit. • When deciding on open shelving versus closed cabinetry, consider what your kitchen cabinets hold and what you might put in the open areas. Imagine a new metal or wood shelf holding beautiful crystal glassware, a complement of impressive and boldly colored KitchenAid appliances, or even your carefully curated Fiestaware collection. • For peace of mind and visual enjoyment, don't clutter your open shelves (that's what the cabinets are for), but let them become a showplace in your kitchen.
Scott Scherschel and Chip Vogel are designers with Interior Spaces Inc. If you have a design question for Interior Spaces, email your question with a picture to email@example.com. A solution to your question could be used in a future article.