Open Shelves

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What once was old is new again. This is true of tie width, dress length, hair style and room design. Recently there has been a reaquaintence with open shelving in kitchens. While the uniform appearance of closed door cabinetry continues to be preferred, open shelves offer a much desired twist.

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Kitchens, particularly European, of the past had open shelving throughout the work space. Closed cabinetry was actually individual furniture pieces, free standing and beautiful! The American farmhouse continued with this concept, however it eventually surrendered to the “custom cabinetry” of past decades.

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 New construction or major renovation need not be the only occasions to consider implementing a bit of open shelving in your kitchen. Removing a few existing cabinets, particularly on either side of a window or stove, and replacing with thoughtful shelves is a satisfying task. Take time to contemplate the material. Rough hewed wood, black iron, marble, smoothed with milk paint…

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The arrangement of what you may choose to display in the open brings about a reaquaintence with my number one design consideration…balance. Remember with open shelves, the entire wall becomes a design work.

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Be not afraid to give this design a try. Countertops have long carried the burden to display. Lift those cherished pieces upward and give them their due. Store the cabinets. This gives you the assurity that you always have the option to return to the original design. I love the stimulation of stretching a few boundaries now and then. This sprinkles life with the seasoning we need every day because…

EVERY DAY MATTERS

24 thoughts on “Open Shelves

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