If you’re thinking about tackling a kitchen remodel, what’s your opinion on open shelving?

On the one hand, open shelving works because the most used items are within easy reach. The lack of cabinet boxes also creates a feeling of a more open, brighter space, and, if you have a great collection of dishes and glassware, open shelving doubles as a display unit.

But, on the other hand, with all the moisture, dust, grease and everyday grime that part-and-parcel of a kitchen, do you really need to worry about keeping all that stuff clean?

Cambria Bold on The Kitchn blog defends open shelving, saying that instead of thinking about all the negatives, think about all the great ways the lack of upper cabinets can work in a kitchen.

“Open kitchen shelving can look great and be totally functional if you stick to a unified color palette, for example, oronly display the nicest things,” she wrote in a recent blog about kitchen design choices that drive her readers crazy. “As far as the extra cleaning, you probably use all those dishes and pans fairly often anyway, which means nothing’s just sitting there gathering dust!”

So, eFaucets friends, do you say “yay” or “nay” to open shelving in the kitchen?

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