White open shelving is the perfect way to display your dishes and glassware. This kitchen adds a touch of whimsy with a chalkboard backsplash where the owners can add their own artwork, labels or even a simple to-do list.
Open it up. Simply remove the doors of your upper cabinets, which gives you the look of a built-in hutch. Here, tilework matching the backsplash creates a textured background for the items on display in the open shelving.
Joanna Gaine's kitchen design included plenty of open shelving, further contributing to an open and airy feel in the redefined space. She also sidestepped her often preferred choice of subway tile backsplash in favor of handmade tile in muted blue and white, a favorite color combination of client Stacie Childers.
Open shelving adds an industrial touch while pulling all the homeowner's curated pieces together for a comfortable, lived-in feel. Exposed duct work and cable lighting accentuate the urban setting, while midcentury details polish off the design.
Lighten up a heavy, closed-off kitchen by converting your ordinary cabinets to open shelving. The kitchen shown belongs to blogger Judy Meek, who first tried open shelving in 2011 and documented her steps for her readers. “I have loved the open shelf concept,” Meek says. “Besides the open shelf over the peninsula, I’ve also opened up a shelf over the dishwasher for glasses, a shelf over the coffeemaker for cups and a long cabinet over our cooktop for our everyday dinnerware. The key is filling the shelves with items you use often.” Meek started by painting her oak cabinets white, and is now changing over to Annie Sloan Chalk Paint™ with wax, which makes spill cleanup a snap.
By adding vertical shelves between windows you can create a fresh and open storage unit in any room. The floating shelves can provide the same amount of storage as a case good without the use of a bulky cabinet or bookshelf. Design by John Gidding
This contemporary kitchen lines its wall with open cabinets for a casual design but with a strong graphic appeal. The white cabinets are a perfect showcase for colorful glasses and dishes, and they create a neutral backdrop for the stainless steel appliances. This kitchen has an engaged, practical, and industrialized style.