For many kitchens, wall to wall cabinets that are closed are used to cater to every storage need. But open shelving is not always a bad idea, in fact, this could help to improve your kitchen, depending on style and decor. So could open shelf units transform your kitchen?? Well, here at MLS Kitchens, we are Manchester’s leading kitchen design professionals. As a result, we have produced this guide to everything you should know about using open shelving units.

What are open shelf units?

Open shelf units are essentially just shelves built within your cabinet or kitchen or kitchen island. From cookbooks and spices, to fruit bowls and pots and pans, open shelves can be used to store a range of kitchen necessities. However, these will be on show 24/7, instead of hidden behind a cabinet door. This means that your open shelf units will need to be kept clean and fresh, but it also means that whatever you need will be readily accessible.

Using open shelf units in your kitchen

If you opt to include open shelf units there are some things you should consider, including:

  • Using open shelves less frequently than closed cabinets- while one or two open shelf units can look very effective, using too many will result in a kitchen that does not look organised. Make sure the open shelf units are the exception and not the rule in your kitchen.
  • The style of the kitchen- if you have a contemporary kitchen, you may want to avoid open shelf units as these can disrupt from the otherwise sleek and smooth finish of the rest of the kitchen.

How could open shelf units transform your kitchen?

Open shelf units can transform your kitchen by:

  • Creating visual interest- the contrast between the closed kitchen cabinets and the open shelving can create a stunning kitchen design feature.
  • Effective storage- closed or open, additional storage is always an important consideration for any kitchen, and open shelf units could be the perfect way to store large, cumbersome items.

For more information or advice, get in touch with the professionals today, here at MLS Kitchens.