Open kitchen shelving visually expands a kitchen space and provides easily accessible storage. They work well with just about any decorating style, especially minimalist design. An additional benefit of open shelving is that guests in your kitchen will be able to easily find what they are looking for.
Open kitchen shelving is so popular right now that many new kitchen designs are foregoing the upper cabinets and installing open shelving in their place. The same is being done with kitchen remodels. The shelves can be in the form of floating shelves, or shelves supported by decorative brackets or frames.
Another way to get the look of open kitchen shelving without remodeling your whole kitchen is to remove a few of the upper cabinet doors. Once they’re removed, fill in the holes, touch it up with some paint, and voila! You have open shelving.
With open kitchen shelving the items are always visible, so it’s important to keep them as organized and attractive as possible. It can be very distracting if they become cluttered. And instead of making your kitchen feel large, it can actually make it feel more closed in. So if you want open shelving in your kitchen, you need to be selective about what kitchen items and accessories you place on them, and diligent about keeping them neat.
OPEN KITCHEN SHELVING
Here are 10 tips to help you make your open kitchen shelving aesthetically pleasing, functional, and organized.
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1 Keep the shelf design simple, so that it doesn’t compete with the items set on it. But make sure the design coordinates with the style of your kitchen.
2 Display only those items that you love and find attractive. Don’t display food boxes unless you store them in attractive containers or baskets. Baskets are great for containing small items. Besides function, they also bring texture to a display.
3 Group like things together either by color, shape or function. For example, you might want to display your collection of pitchers or all white mixing bowls. For everyday dishes, keep each type of plates or bowls together.
4 Store what you use in a way that is functional and works for you in the kitchen. But to keep it visually pleasing, put the heavier items (e.g. plates and serving bowls) on the bottom shelves and the lighter items (e.g. glasses) on the top.
5 The items you place on the shelves will be seen everyday. Artfully arrange each piece or grouping just as you would decorative items in other rooms. Allow plenty of space between things, so the display doesn’t look crowded or messy.
6 For added impact, highlight your dishes with a contrasting background. For example, with light dishes use a darker background and for dark dishes, use a lighter background.
7 A mirrored background will reflect light and open up the space even more. Accent it with some overhead lighting.
8 Lean a decorative plate against the wall behind a stack of everyday dishes. This way when the stack is being used, the shelf will still have a finished look and not an empty space. Keep it from falling by attaching double-sided tape to the back or using a plate hanger.
9 Open shelves can collect dust. For those items you don’t use on a daily basis, make sure they are kept free of dust. You’ll want to move everything off the shelves at least once a month to give the shelves a good dusting.
10 If you have a large collection, you don’t have to display everything at the same time. Keep some things tucked away in the cabinets. Then when you get tired of the look, freshen it up by switching things out for items that you have stored. Even if you don’t have extra items put away, you can change it up by moving things around.
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