5 Ways to Try Open Shelving in Your Kitchen

Open shelving can bring fresh, new life to your kitchen. Here are five ways to try the trend.

Undoubtedly one of the biggest kitchen trends in 2014 was open shelving. Opening up your shelving can bring fresh, new life to your kitchen. It can make a kitchen look more open and airy, provide storage where there was none, and give the kitchen a whole new feel.

But how do you get the look in your own kitchen? There are several ways to go about implementing this look, and some of them require more commitment than others. Here are five great ways to try the open shelving look in your kitchen, listed from boldest to subtlest.

1. Install Floating Shelves

In this small but thoughtfully designed cabin kitchen, the space that might have gone unused or made to feel cramped by a cabinet is put to great use with floating shelves. Keeping the shelves the same color as the walls and backsplash makes the look even cleaner.

Smitten Studio - Open ShelvesPhoto courtesy of Smitten Studio

2. Ground the Palette

To keep a clean, white kitchen from looking looking cold and sterile, ground the color palette with a couple of dark, rustic wood shelves. Choosing a shelf color that pops against the wall is also a great way to keep the whole system looking unified.

Fireclay Tile - Open ShelvingPhoto courtesy of Fireclay Tile

3. Create a Curio Shelf

You can get the chic look of open shelving with minimum demo required by just removing one existing cabinet. Since your eye is immediately drawn to the shelves, this would be a great way to display a curated grouping of your best dishes and glassware, or even a collection of cookbooks. This solution also solves one of the only cons of open shelving: having to keep them neat and tidy at all times. Having a mix of open shelves and closed cabinets relieves that pressure!

Shearer PaintingPhoto courtesy of Shearer Painting

4. Open the Doors

Another beautiful way of creating the feel of open shelving is by simply removing a cabinet door. This is such an elegant look, for minimum effort. You can either keep it monochromatic, or add in pops of color with bright dishware or art pieces, depending on how you style the shelves.

MyColorTopia - Open ShelvesPhoto courtesy of The Inspired Room

5. Put it Under Glass

For a shot of open-shelving style with the least commitment, try glass-paned cabinet doors. You can achieve this look by getting your cabinet doors replaced by a contractor, or by adding glass panes to your existing cabinet doors yourself. Either way, you’ll end up with the look of open shelving without having to change your kitchen too much.

Hyde Evans Design - Open ShelvingPhoto courtesy of Hyde Evans Design 

Do these images inspire you to give open shelving a try?

 

Jessica Ireland

Jessica Ireland

Contributor, Porch.com. Jessica Ireland has spent most of her career as a preschool teacher, but her other passion is design. She has written an interiors and lifestyle blog for the past seven years, and when she's not chasing toddlers, you can find her perusing shelter magazines and walking her yellow lab. Connect with Jessica on her blog, CuriousCovetous.wordpress.com.

One Comment

Torrie @ a place to share...

when we remodeled our kitchen, we really wanted the look of open shelving, without the stress of open shelving! so, we went with #’s 3, & 5. …& some of the cabinets are covered with doors. i like having a mix~ seeing the pop of color through the glass doors. great article, & it takes a process that can be extremely difficult to decide upon, & simplifies it… giving options for any given kitchen or circumstance (i.e. …as the kids are older, & we {hopefully} have less *stuff*~ who knows? maybe we’ll go with option #1 -or 2, or 4!

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