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This Popular Kitchen Cabinet Style Is Out in 2021

A mother and daughter getting dishes off of an open shelf in the kitchen.
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In case you haven’t heard, open concept homes are out in 2021. According to one real estate agent, a popular kitchen trend is about to bite the dust this year as well. We’ll give you a hint: It’s all about storage.

According to Jennifer Leahy, a real estate agent at Douglas Elliman, open shelving is soon to be a thing of the past. In an interview with Kitchn, Leahy said the reasons are less style-based and more rooted in practicality.

“Let’s face it, most of us are too disorganized,” Leahy said, and she’s not wrong.

If you have open cabinetry, you’re basically required to keep your dishes in pristine shape and perfectly stacked, unlike cabinets with doors. Leahy also pointed out that your dishware gets dusty faster on an open shelf, so you have to continually clean it to keep things presentable.

Of course, there are new trends replacing those that are on their way out. While modern farmhouse has reigned supreme for some time now, modern home designs are also popular in 2021. Think clean lines and granite countertops.

While modern tends to lean more toward neutrals, bolder colors (especially green) are also popular in the kitchen.

So, whether you’re thinking of renovating your kitchen for resale, or you just want to update it, you might want to scratch open shelving off your list.

[Via Kitchn]

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