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.
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.
Built-in, open shelving helps to visually open the small kitchen, and strategically placed gallery lighting makes artwork of even the tableware. To break up the monotony of the all-white palette, the design team introduced a variety of textures, including plank board behind the shelving and subway tile behind the range. Dark pulls contrast with the white cabinetry.
The all-white cabinets and farmhouse sink contrast beautifully with a black subway tile backsplash. Nestled in a wall of the kitchen alcove, open shelving provides a convenient spot for everyday necessities and daily pantry items.
This rustic-chic Martha's Vineyard home plays hard, and its streamlined kitchen works hard, too. White cabinetry lines the bottom half of three walls, while open shelving above offers stylish storage space. Exposed beams on the ceiling add to the room's rustic flair.
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.
Custom-made walnut knobs reflect the solid wood countertops in this cottage-style kitchen. Elegant feet give the white cabinetry the look of furniture, and open shelving -- an essential cottage design element -- adds extra storage for pretty dishes and glassware.
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.
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.
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.
A small kitchen cannot accommodate homework, mail storage, laundry duties and recipe hunting. Unless you don't cook at all, the small kitchen's main chore is meal prep. So focus first on function, making sure you have the appliances and work areas you need. You may be able to save a bit of space by using scaled-down or innovative appliances, including refrigerator and freezer drawers and pint-sized microwaves, stoves (some with just two burners) and single sinks. If workspace is at a premium, consider a small-scale island or a counter-topped cart that can be rolled into a closet when not in use.