Partly Open Shelving: The Case for Doorless Cabinets
Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention a couple of the downsides of doorless kitchen cabinets. For those of us residing in earthquake country, open shelves are a no-no unless precautions are taken to prevent the contents from tumbling out during a temblor.
And If you’d rather not spend your free time frequently cleaning or dusting items on open shelves, think about limiting the items left out to those that get used daily, as they likely won’t sit out unused long enough to get grimy. You’ll still have to occasionally wipe off the shelf itself, but at least you won’t have to also dust or clean the items atop the shelf.
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Whether you reserve this small area for cookbooks, for small items you use regularly or strictly for display, it’s a nice addition that helps to visually break up large expanses of cabinet doors.
The kitchen pictured here features a beautiful watery blue hue inside the cabinets, which helps to accentuate the delightful detail on the cabinet frame.
If the interiors of your cabinets could use some work, consider patching, sanding and painting to achieve a more fetching finish. It’s a bit of extra work but worth it if you plan to make it a focal point in your kitchen.
But in all seriousness, I like to see kitchen designs that wring as much useful storage out of a space as possible, keeping it all looking good, of course. Which is why I love these little triangular wine nooks to the left of the refrigerator. I assume this is to accommodate a staircase above. It’s a brilliant way to squeeze in a bit more storage. And, again, it looks best left doorless.