I have recently become enamored with open shelving in kitchens. The Mister and I have had to come up with some creative storage solutions for our tiny 50-square-foot-smaller-than-our-bathroom kitchen.We ended up putting some open metal shelving in the dining area but the end result was nowhere near as stylish as some of these kitchens.
While open shelving offers a wide range of design options for storing and display, the practicality is a little lacking. I think I lack the discipline for the extra dusting and the necessity of keeping everything well organized and in its place. I wouldn't like a kitchen with only open shelving but I would like a small area to display all of our stark white serving ware. On the plus side it is less expensive than full cabinets but on the negative side it requires more maintenance. I guess it depends on your personality.
Would you give open shelving a try?