Small transom cabinets and open shelving provide storage for easily accessible kitchen necessities. An ornate tile backsplash gives added visual interest to this sink area and provides contrast to the smooth black countertops.
Large cooking pots, casserole dishes, and everyday items are stored within easy reach on open shelves near the oven and countertops. The shelves' wood hues are a pretty contrast to the kitchen's many white surfaces.
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.
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.
In this gourmet kitchen, two open shelves and a countertop are surrounded by cabinets, making an efficient frame for photographs, artwork and more. The pale gray backsplash is a striking contrast with the cabinets' dark wood.
Featured on HGTV's "Cousins Undercover," this cottage-style open shelving along with the white cabinetry, warm wood tones and reclaimed wood paneling makes this kitchen feel light and airy. The butcher block countertop lends visual interest and warmth, giving it a true cottage feel.
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.