Go Big: Floor-to-Ceiling Kitchen Shelves

I know: open shelving is a little contentious. Some love it, while others decry it as a messy grease-and-dust magnet. That may be true in certain cases, but there's something very appealing (at least to me) about floor-to-ceiling versions, in particular, as opposed to one or two shelves hung above the sink. Here's why:

In the case of open shelving, I stand by the sentiment to go big or go home. When you extend shelves to their full height — reaching them closer to the ground and up to or near the ceiling — suddenly those shelves become an interesting structural or architectural detail in the kitchen. Even if they're packed with stuff, it immediately looks more deliberate. Essentially, you can get away with more when you totally go for it. One or two floating shelves looks like an afterthought; floating shelves that reach eight feet up the wall look like a design decision.

Does anyone agree with me? Or are open shelves still not your thing no matter how much of the wall they take up?

(Images: 1. Alec Hemer for Country Living; 2. James Fennell/The Interior Archive, via The House Mag; 3. Ryan and Emerson via Design*Sponge; 4 .Gut Gut Architects for Dwell Magazine; 5. Christian Schaulin for House & Home December 2009 issue; 6. Via Elle Decor September 2010; 7. Via Klikk Bolig)