Open kitchen storage can be both decorative and functional. The trick to doing this with style is to only keep utensils with simple shapes and lines visible. This adds a lived-in look to your kitchen island that also avoids coming across as cluttered.
Storage isn't a problem in this kitchen. Glass-front upper cabinets, open shelving and a full-size pantry opposite the Sub-Zero fridge offer style and storage. Contemporary track lighting against a paneled ceiling draw the eye upward in the narrow space.
The custom reclaimed shelves with brass brackets allow the homeowners to display their favorite glassware and other curated objects, while cabinetry on the opposite wall provides closed storage for everything else. White subway tile is accented with dark charcoal grout for a bistro look.
Architecture and interior design create a visual connection between modern form and traditional comfort in this sleek contemporary kitchen. Mosaic tile adds shimmer to the neutral space while large windows offer mountain views.
Stainless steel appliances and bright white walls and cabinets reflect light from the window and recessed lighting, making this kitchen bright and cheery. Open shelving is tucked in an awkward spot beneath a sloped ceiling, as seen on HGTV's Cousins Undercover.
This modern kitchen features open niches for showcasing glassware. Dark wood lower cabinets contrast agaisnt a stone and stainless steel accent wall with purple tinted lighting. The island's glass countertop is matched by the dining table's glass top.
As seen on HGTV's America's Most Desperate Kitchens, designers were able to open up the floor plan to create a larger kitchen space and to add a large island with integrated range and a generous amount of storage space. A pass through window was closed off to convert the old dining room into a bar area with additional storage.
This modern kitchen, including a wall of windows, adds rustic touches with a farmhouse sink, open shelving made of reclaimed wood, and a butcher block island. This kitchen leaves everything on display and accessible. Open shelves provide plenty of storage while keeping everyday serveware, pots and pans within easy reach. For the serious chef, built-in knife slots in this kitchen's butcher-block island keep culinary tools handy.
Untreated wood frames this kitchen space with an interesting shape created by the underside of the stairs and support columns. An industrial-size stainless steel refrigerator and stacked double oven are fitted into the wood. Long black countertops and open storage complete the rustic look.
The large island in this loft kitchen isn't only a place to eat, it offers valuable storage space. By removing doors and adding millwork, the island now has a mix of open and concealed storage. The island's black and white color scheme is nicely contrasted by the copper pendant lights above and the teal front door.