Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Open Shelving in the Kitchen

Janel Laban
Mar 18, 2009
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A concept that seems to be gaining in popularity over the past few years is open shelving in the kitchen. It is a good look but you have to be cool with putting it all "out there" and also have the confidence that you have enough "pretty" stuff to put on show along with enough closed storage to hide the rest of it. Searching through...

... the photos on the House Beautiful site brought forth a collection of how folks use their visible kitchen shelving, from collection display to utilitarian uses, we found ten good examples.

Top row, left to right:
1. Floor to ceiling open shelving in the pantry.
2. Colorful dishes on wraparound shelving.
3. Useful goods on shelves; pantry items, bowls and small appliances.
4. Collections grouped by color on grey-blue shelves.
5. Open backed shelving for plates, bowls and serving pieces.

Bottom row, left to right:
6. Two types of open shelving in one room, one for dishes, one for canisters.
7. Shelving above the desk in a kitchen-based workspace.
8. Vertical open shelving next to the ovens for pans, trays and bowls.
9. A single stainless open shelf near the cooktop for essentials.
10. Teapots and cookbooks on open shelving in a closed-storage-filled kitchen.

Check out the full photo archives at House Beautiful for more inspiration for the kitchen and beyond.

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