Tips for Displaying your Stuff on Open Shelving

Tips for Displaying your Stuff on Open Shelving

Abby Stone
Mar 7, 2011

One of the things I'd love to do is remove the doors on one of my kitchen cupboards. In anticipation of that, I moved all my dishes, glasses and servingware to that cupboard and neatly piled in the dishes. But my shelves — though the glasses were neatly lined up and the plates were well-stacked — did not look cool and awesome. It looked…well…sad. Really sad.

The Wall Street Journal recently had an article which laid out the tricks to take the open shelving in your kitchen from boring to fabulous. Their suggestions — which can work for shelves in any room — include:


  1. Start by putting like-with-like and putting the stuff you need to get to most often on the lower shelves where you can reach it.

  2. Stand up platters and cheese boards behind plate stacks. Mix in your worn wood cutting boards, that silver platter from Gramma you only use once a year, that oddly large plate you picked up at the flea market.

  3. Tuck in a favorite postcard, a treasured toy, a vase as if you're decorating a bookcase. I've got a few stray flowered teacups I've collected that I'll round up and scatter amongst my shelves.



For more tricks, including an explanation of the "gold triangle of decorating," see The Wall Street Journal | Poshing Up Kitchen Shelves.

Image: Jill Slater from The Bond Street Rooftop Kitchen

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