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  • Kerri Jamison

Shelving, Glass Cabinets or Nothing At All


When designing a kitchen there are a lot of decisions to make. In addition to choosing cabinet style, color, and layout, you must decide whether or not to go with the trend of shelving, glass-front cabinet uppers or a wall of windows.


Open shelving has been a popular choice in the past 5 or so years. It saves a lot of money on cabinetry but is it a good idea? If you choose to put shelves, what will you put on them? Will you put only your prettiest items to be on display? If that is the case, where will you put the plates, bowls and glasses you use everyday? Will they be easy to access? Items on open shelving tend to need more cleaning especially if they are located near the stove where grease tends to somehow end up on everything in the vicinity.

If you like the open feeling that shelving provides, consider a minimalist kitchen. This trend works especially well in short-term rental properties where cookware is limited to a few pots and pans, a toaster oven and a 2-burner stove.


If you prefer to show off your fancy glassware you received as wedding gifts, glass-fronted cabinets are a great choice. They make it easy for guests to locate a glass for water or wine.

The newest trend is to have nothing at all but daylight instead of upper cabinets.


Black cabinets with wood countertops, integrated fridge
deVOL Kitchens trendsetting design

To make up for the missing cabinet space, many kitchen designers are adding in more unique pieces of furniture in which dishes and glasses can be neatly stored.


deVOL kitchen cabinets, integrated fridge, brass faucet
deVOL uses large cabinets in their designs

Whatever your choice, be sure to think about functionality first. A kitchen designer will help you make a good decision.

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