With a new kitchen renovation in the early stages of planning, I'm spending my fair share of time browsing the web for kitchen inspiration (hello, Pinterest). With a relatively small home, I've opted to skip the upper cabinets in favor of open shelving to help maximize our space. But rather than go the traditional route, I've been seeking inspiration in less conventional styles that make a stylish statement.
1. Rethink your kitchen cabinets completely with an inexpensive photo ledge and sparse open shelving like this beautiful minimalist design.
The shelving in the photograph above is by Frama, but CB2 has a similar design, the Clad Shelf with Gold Brackets. Top off the look with a few simple decorations and let your color choices speak for themselves.
2. Make a bold statement with a feature wall that doubles as a functional open shelving system. This one was created custom by Position Collective for a small home in Budapest. It also extends across the wall into the bedroom space.
The Wahlr Universal Pegwall System was designed by the Portland-based design firm, Central Office. I love that you can arrange and rearrange shelves, hooks, and shadowboxes to suit your mood and your decor. If you don't want a pretty hefty price tag, the simple design is perfect for a DIY project.
3. If minimalism isn't quite your style (or if you're short on wall space), these beautiful brass shelves from a Hawaiian kitchen from Domaine. With glass shelves, they look perfect in front of a large open window.
The vintage-inspired design is bold, sophisticated, and oh, so shiny. You can get these exact shelves from Restoration Hardware.
If you like the brass look, but don't need the glass shelves, try this more modern version from Pottery Barn, which have a much lower price tag at $399 (on sale).
4. Who says open shelving needs to be cluttered? Rather than stacking shelves upon shelves, I really love the clean look of a singular open shelf wrapping around the room in Villa Palmier (also lead image above). You can feature a few simple pieces of pottery or decor while still maintaining a crisp look and feel.
While it's great to go custom to fit your space exactly, the IKEA EKBY system is a great (and economical) option. Just paint them to match the walls and you're good to go!