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.
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.
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.
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.”
When a client had Bill Fry Construction convert an old garage into a guesthouse, she chose open shelving to showcase books and art. Because the space isn't the home's primary kitchen, less storage is needed. In a busier kitchen, careful editing is the key to making open shelving work.
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.
Marble countertops and backsplash make a striking display against the sleek wooden cabinets in this contemporary kitchen. Floating shelves give the space an airy quality, while keeping everyday dishes in arm's reach.
Windows and sliding glass doors allow plenty of natural light in this beautiful kitchen, highlighting the crisp white cabinets and light wood walls for a bright, breezy atmosphere. Black countertops and shelves provide striking contrast in the light-hued space.
Contemporary Kitchen With Open Shelves & Industrial Island
An ultra-industrial island with metal legs and wheels provides extra space for prep work and dining in this contemporary kitchen. Open shelving offers easy access to everyday kitchenware and gives the space a stylish feel.
Contemporary Kitchen With Open Stainless Steel Shelves
A glass tile backsplash and sleek stainless steel shelves line this contemporary eat-in kitchen while pendant lights illuminate a breakfast bar. The kitchen opens up into a dining room area complete with a small dining table and built-in floating cabinets that house a bar for entertaining.