Great Open Kitchen Shelving That Will Inspire You

Sara Kate and I have been talking about redoing the kitchen at my family’s country place the low budget way — by ourselves. Mainly, our plans consist of ripping all the old IKEA cabinets out and replacing them with a really nice stove and restaurant quality open shelving. We’re both ready for open shelving, partially because we like the look and partially because it’s easier to do. To get inspired, I pulled together some great pics that lead the way.

A few tips:

  1. Cups, dishes and bowls look good / food looks bad = avoid open food storage
  2. It is important to edit down and organize your collection = only shelve what you love
  3. Allow everything to breathe visually = space between objects is important
  4. Plates (heavy) go on the bottom / glasses (light) go above
  5. A darker or colored background provides contrast and can highlight the style of your dishes
  6. A mirrored background will reflect a ton of light and open up a small space
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>> Mat’s S.S. Waverly (This kitchen was so good, I included the whole apartment in The Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces.)

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>> Yiming’s Prewar Black Kitchen (Also featured in full glory in The Big Book of Small, Cool Spaces with pic above.)

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(BTW, if you have open shelving that you are really proud of, send me a pic and I’ll post it to add to this collection – maxwell@apartmenttherapy.com.)

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