Joan Cox, Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time (House to Home, Inc.  - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373)

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Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I wouldn't have that.  Nope to extra dusting.

May 06, 2024 01:04 PM
Big Block Realty 858.232.8722 - La Jolla, CA
Serving Coastal San Diego, Veteran's & Seniors

I'm seeing it as an accent cabinet occasionally, but not common in San Diego yet. It's not for me at this point. If I were single and living in Downtown San Diego with the popular "urban-look" kitchens, maybe?

May 06, 2024 05:42 PM
Michael Elliott
Fathom Realty - Burlington Township, NJ
Burlington, New Jersey Residential Sales

I must be out of the loop, also.  I have not seen that.

May 06, 2024 11:51 AM
Ryan Huggins - Thousand Oaks, CA - Thousand Oaks, CA
Residential Real Estate and Investment Properties

Yes, it's a trend that we first started using probably 5-7 years ago.  It doesn't work in all homes, but I have it in my home.  I have mostly cabinets, but there is one long stretch of wall that needed something and cabinets made no sense.  So I have open shelves which are basically a "knick-knack" shelf.  I have a plant on them, some oil bottles with a nice design on them, a barrel head that says something about wine and a colorful tin of Scottish candies.

May 06, 2024 10:41 AM
Kat Palmiotti
eXp Commercial, Referral Divison - Kalispell, MT
Helping your Montana dreams take root

It's not common here, although I have seen it from time to time. I don't like the open shelving - you'd have to keep everything too neat! :-)

May 06, 2024 01:12 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
NC Real Estate Transition & Relocation 919-602-848

I've see a few. It really depends on the size of the kitchen and the amount of storage you have. All my cabinets are full and I can't imagine having less storage. It's valuable kitchen Real Estate and I wonder if it will phase out leaving homeowners to replace it with cabinets.

May 06, 2024 01:02 PM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
The Grit and Gratitude Agent

I am surprised out here in the high desert with plenty of dust I too have seen those shelves. Given back during the wild west days, these shelves were quite plentiful. Dishes were cup in an enclosed hutch.  Even closed cabinets dust does seep inside. I guess if the dishes are used daily dust is not a big issue.

May 06, 2024 11:07 AM
Carol Williams
Although I'm retired, I love sharing my knowledge and learning from other real estate industry professionals. - Wenatchee, WA
Retired Agent / Broker / Prop. Mgr, Wenatchee, WA

I don't really know, as I've been out of the loop for a while.

Personally, I'm a bit OCD about shelf organization, but that concept does not appeal to me.

May 06, 2024 11:07 AM
Roy Kelley
Retired - Gaithersburg, MD

Chef Dolores would not care for open shelving. 

May 06, 2024 10:08 AM
Dorie Dillard Austin TX
Coldwell Banker Realty ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
NW Austin ~ Canyon Creek and Spicewood/Balcones

I have seen it quite a bit in Austin and my son and daughter-in -law are putting it in their kitchen in their complete remodel of their current home. I won't be following their lead! LOL!

May 06, 2024 03:44 PM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

We are seeing more and more of these, and some have ALL shelving above the counters, and only lower cabinets.    Cannot imagine losing my cabinet space.

Some have shelves mostly for decor.

May 06, 2024 02:36 PM
John Juarez
The Medford Real Estate Team - Fremont, CA

Open shelves seem to be more of a decorative style. Items on the open shelves are often display items and not frequently used. I have seen shelves and cabinets used in combination. Our kitchen is too small to utilize floating shelves.

May 06, 2024 02:32 PM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co Notary Services retired RE Broker

I have never seen it Joan Cox and I can not imagine it being "pretty" in any circumstance.

May 06, 2024 12:43 PM
Peter Mohylsky, Beach Broker
PMI. Destin - Miramar Beach, FL
Call me at 850-517-7098

no, not in this area.  doors on cabinets are common to hide the contents,  unless it might be show worthy.  

May 06, 2024 10:45 AM
Matthew Sturkie, CRS, GRI 909-969-3805
Action Realty - Apple Valley, CA
CRS, GRI 909-969-3805

I see it and I don't think it's a good idea. It seems to be a trendy new thing but it's really just a way for people to save money when remodeling.  

May 06, 2024 10:02 AM
Candice A. Donofrio
Next Wave RE Investments LLC Bullhead City AZ Commercial RE Broker - Fort Mohave, AZ
928-201-4BHC (4242) call/text

The new millennium version of 'pot shelves' LOL

I don't want to SEE 'all that is in my cupboards' and agree, they would collect more dust than if they were behind a cabinet.

It's not something I am seeing in my market.

May 06, 2024 04:03 PM
Jeff Pearl
Samson Properties / LIC in VA - Lovettsville, VA
Full Service Full Time Realtor

It's not real popular, but I've seen it off and on over the last 5 years or so.

May 06, 2024 11:54 AM
Silvia Dukes PA, Broker Associate, CRS, CIPS, SRES
Tropic Shores Realty - Ich spreche Deutsch! - Spring Hill, FL
Florida Waterfront and Country Club Living

I've seen a bit of it but I don't think it's something that's very popular in my area.  Personally, I would find it not very practical.

May 06, 2024 11:52 AM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Maybe a shift is taking place between the generations?

May 06, 2024 11:46 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
Savvy + Company (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC

I've seen it and a few shelves are one thing but, all open would not work for this germaphobe, Joan!

May 06, 2024 06:24 PM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Oswego, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

I share your thoughts. Give me cabinets any day.

May 07, 2024 03:34 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Haven't seen all that much of it. And I recently read that this idea is on its way out... and a big reason is that everything that sits on open shelving needs constant cleaning.

May 07, 2024 05:03 AM
Kathleen Daniels, Probate & Trust Specialist
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
Probate Real Estate Services


I see it in my market as well. Mostly cabinets with a few open shelves for decorating. 

May 07, 2024 08:55 AM
Katina Hargrove 352-551-0308
Stake Your Land Realty, Inc. - Eustis, FL
Broker/Owner, SFR®, e-PRO®, GRI, AHWD, REALTOR®

Joan Cox 

Not my style, I have not seen many in my area. I used to see the ones with the glass doors.

May 07, 2024 05:36 AM
Lyn Sims
Schaumburg, IL
Real Estate Broker Retired

Oh gosh, more to dust! HGTV seems to love it but I have not seen in real life where they took all the cabinets out/opened them.


May 07, 2024 05:32 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, KW Diversified - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

I have seen it in cabin and old farm houses, better for decorative items not so good for storage.

May 07, 2024 12:08 AM
Doug Dawes
Keller Williams Evolution - 447 Boston Street, Suite #5, Topsfield, MA - Topsfield, MA
Your Personal Realtor®

Nope, we like to keep the dishes and glasses

May 07, 2024 08:57 AM
Gwen Fowler SC Lakes & Mountains 864-710-4518
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Walhalla, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

At the builers show last month they announce the open floor plan was going away, more walls coming.  I think as more people work from home having a private space is becoming very much #1 on the list of features for the houses.

May 07, 2024 01:56 PM
Olga Simoncelli
Veritas Prime, LLC dba Veritas Prime Real Estate - New Fairfield, CT
CONSULTANT, Real Estate Services & Risk Management

I have not seen it in homes; cabinets still seem to be the rule.

May 07, 2024 09:29 AM