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.
This chic country kitchen has beautiful dark cabinetry that offsets the crisp white paneling and sea foam green walls. Modern meets Southern Victorian style with mismatched overhead lighting, a subway tile backsplash, stainless steel appliances, and a marble countertop.
With deep hunter green cabinetry and a Swiss cross-tile backsplash, this eclectic kitchen is fresh and imaginative. Brass pendants hang above the Nero Marquina marble island and tie in with the brass faucets.
Red and brown hues in the counters offset a light green wall color. A farmhouse sink pops against dark counters and cabinetry. Floating shelves offer a convenient space for kitchen necessities while still retaining a sleek, clean appearance.
This open plan kitchen features a spacious island with dark brown wooden cabinets and a green granite countertop. Two glamorous chandeliers hang from a traditional coffered ceiling, while ivory cabinets decorate the remainder of the kitchen. A green mosaic tile backsplash adds a touch of complimentary color.
Gorgeous pink and orange flower arrangements in silver vases decorate this kitchen table. A set of crystal stemware with a purple-blue etched floral design is woven throughout the setup, while natural light illuminates the space.
This family-friendly kitchen emits cottage charm in a modern way. The center island is within easy reach of the kitchen's stainless steel range and side-by-side refrigerator. The island offers seating, counter space for prepping meals and a handy sink.
As seen on HGTV's Home Town, hosts Ben and Erin Napier renovated the living room and foyer of the Rahaim residence. They removed an exterior door and added two large openings in walls to give the house an open feeling when entering the front door.
Beautiful dark green lower cabinetry and an island give this kitchen depth and gravitas. The delicate glass pendants and glass-front upper cabinets, all in fresh white, make sure the space also feels light and bright.
This sleek kitchen's Zen hue was inspired by the home's marsh views. Soft gray paneled doors are made modern with stainless steel pulls, while stark, modern lines define the kitchen island and built-in refrigerator storage. The mix of cabinetry styles gives the room a custom look.
Kitchens serve as not only a place to prepare meals, but also a main gathering space in the home. Look through these pictures for great kitchen design ideas and be inspired to create a new look for your kitchen.