Open shelving in the kitchen is both not for everyone, and also extremely popular. This shelving type's slim and airy profile makes a small kitchen look much larger, and it's a great way to put all your lovely things on display. On the accessible end of the spectrum, you can either remove cabinet doors to try it out, or install some basic shelving on brackets. But then you can also really just go for it, and make your open shelving as much of a design statement as it is storage.
Above, Emily Huntley's stunning kitchen with wood and brass shelves that flank the exhaust hood.
Open shelving can sometimes look slapped together and haphazard. The open shelving in this kitchen by DeVOL, by contrast, is treated almost like a built-in architectural feature, with inset shelving and decorative molding.
Instead of climbing vertically up the walls, this kitchen from La Shed Architecture stays on one plane and wraps around the entire room. It even becomes "built-in" on one wall.
Open shelving in this Australia kitchen (from Inside Out) means open in two directions, making dishes accessible from either side of the island.
It's easy to get the look of brass with some spray paint, but these babies are the real deal. They are just one of a few warm metal details in this NYC kitchen from Studio DB.
Lauren Liess was inspired by baking racks when she commissioned a set for her kitchen. Working with an ironworker, she designed the shelves to sit on the countertops and attach to the walls.