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.
This rustic-industrial kitchen features an interesting mix of materials, from the corrugated tin ceiling to the reclaimed wood open shelving to the sleek quartz countertops. The design team removed walls and upper cabinets to open up the space. Colorful dishware stands out against the neutral walls.
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.
Beadboard walls and ceilings, an antique white stove and butcher block countertops all add country charm and character to this galley kitchen. Open shelving encourages minimalism in the kitchen since too many items on display can looked cluttered. Here, pretty glass jars filled with grains and a framed black-and-white photo look perfectly styled and organized.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.