Do you love the look of kitchens with no upper cabinets but still want a teensy bit of storage above waist height? Then try out this look that's taking the kitchen world by storm — a single shelf.
The advantages of the single shelf are many: it's elegant, it's minimal, it's the perfect way to display just a few lovely things that are too lovely to tuck away in a cabinet.
Getting this right is all about the detailing: since the one shelf will definitely be a focal point, it's important to pay attention to how it relates to the other elements in the room. One common strategy is to line the shelf up with the bottom of the range hood. You can also run the backsplash material up to the bottom of the shelf — having the shelf there makes for a neat end to the backsplash, and a good alternative to running tile or marble all the way to the ceiling. Here are 12 stylish kitchens for ideas and inspiration.