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.
Open shelving pairs with crisp cabinetry and clean countertops for a contemporary aesthetic in this striking kitchen. A wood tray ceiling adds warmth to the space, and a mosaic tile backsplash creates movement and interest.
A mix of traditional cabinetry and open shelving provides maximum storage space in this kitchen featured on HGTV's Buying and Selling. The upper shelving unit frees up valuable counter space by housing the microwave and espresso machine, while a neutral subway tile backsplash complements the stone countertops.
A closer look at the kitchen reveals open shelving, which turns ordinary bowls, cups and plates into a stylish yet functional display. White tile and wood panels add texture to the room while still keeping the walls light and neutral.
This bright pantry offers open shelving with white wire storage baskets and glass snack containers. Black granite countertops and a stainless steel sink offer space for food preparation, while white Shaker style cabinets complete the look of the space.
Open shelves keep dinnerware in reach and ensure that the kitchen counters remain clutter-free. With space right beside the window, the owners can prep for dinner while enjoying views of the city below.
Butcher block counters are both stylish and functional, adding warmth and a cozy cottage look. A bohemian runner brings in muted color to the kitchen and also grounds the space. Rustic wood planks serve as sturdy open shelves for a trendy yet casual look.
Streamlined cabinetry and clean, neutral finishes make colorful accessories pop in this modern kitchen. A tile backsplash extends to the ceiling for maximum impact, turning the lighted open shelves into a cool and stylish focal point.
The bathroom is a private place, but open shelving can create the illusion of space in smaller square footage, and with a less weighty wallet hit than cabinets. A few drawers or covered baskets on high shelves can house your private items, and your colorful towels, pretty soaps and washes, and other bathroom decor don’t have to hide in a dark closet any longer!
Mod open shelving, a freestanding island and a professional-grade range turn the kitchen of this early-1900s home into a functional space for the 21st century. Butcher block countertops are functional but casual. White-painted, original cabinetry with black handles, along with the black-and-white tile floor, add to the retro-chic 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.
Two-tone cabinets blend with sleek open shelving, keeping this kitchen feeling open and spacious. A neutral tile backsplash adds visual interest behind the kitchen sink while a dark tile backsplash behind the range hood emphasizes the stainless steel range. A large wood island with a gray granite countertop provides extra workspace, and a built-in sink creates a convenient meal prep area.
A large, open doorway makes this small kitchen appear spacious, while a centered island allows movement throughout the space. Wicker barstools line the tall side of the island, and a lower end creates extra prep space. Open shelving opens up the room while keeping dishes organized, and a distressed wall finish completes the look with a charming country feel.
Even if you don’t have the budget to hire a top designer, you can still take a cue from her design strategy. This high-end kitchen designed by Jennifer Gilmer includes open shelving that makes the most of a beautiful collection of colorful dinnerware. Gilmer’s advice for a cohesive look: “Don’t use objects that conflict with one another in both color and shape,” she says. “And give the items room to breathe by not cramming too much into one space.”
Brio Interior Designs hoped to update the couple's outdated kitchen, so they replaced the kitchen's previous metal shelving with elegant, open wood shelving. Designers added gold colored accent pieces to the countertop to accent the rich tones in the wood shelving, creating an elegant, modern look.
This laundry room lives much larger than its square footage, thanks to smart planning by Geoff Chick & Associates. The base cabinets that flank the washer and dryer are just 18 inches deep, but extending the wall of cabinetry all the way to the 12-foot ceiling vastly increases the usable space. Windows visually expand the room; the natural light flooding in enhances the warm notes in the soft gray paint. "Most laundry rooms are tucked away in a dark corner or in the basement," Chick notes.
Joanna Gaines of HGTV's Fixer Upper's favorite space post-renovation? The kitchen. "It's the heart of the home for me," she says. "No matter how much is going on, I don't feel overwhelmed because the palette is very clean and fresh. I love the farmhouse sink, and I love looking out the window at the animals and cows while I work."