Trading in Upper Cabinets for open Shelving
October 07, 2020

Trading in Upper Cabinets for open Shelving

Trading in Upper Cabinets for open Shelving


If you're thinking about giving your kitchen a modern upgrade, you may be considering getting rid of your upper cabinets and replacing them with sleek, open shelving. However, you may also feel intimidated by the idea of not being able to keep anything hidden anymore. Here are 3 ways to make sure you're ready to take the leap to open shelving in your kitchen.


1. Evaluate your cabinet contents

What do you currently store in your upper cabinets? Are they the home of your favorite china set, or chock-full of clutter? Don't rip out those cabinets unless you have alternative storage places for anything that you don't want on full display. 

2. Edit and replace

Carefully decide what will live on your open shelves. If you've collected a bunch of mismatched coffee mugs over the years, now may be the time to clear them out and replace them with a matching set that will complement your new modern design. If your goal is to create an ultra-clean and minimal look, go for a set of dishes in solid white. If your kitchen has a neutral palette and you're looking to add a pop of color, a bright set of dishes is a practical way to achieve this. 

3. Implement simple storage solutions

If you don't have a large pantry and know that you'll need to store food on your open shelves, but are worried that colorful packaging will jumble your minimalist goals, invest in a set of glass containers. After purchasing foods like pasta, nuts, or even cereal, you can transfer them to simple matching containers. And, as a bonus, it's easy to tell when you need to buy more. 


Making the switch to open shelving in lieu of upper cabinets can feel daunting. However, long as you're ready to stay committed to simplicity and not overcrowd your shelves, your kitchen will be easily modernized with open shelving.