kitchen shelving ideas

Kitchen Shelving Ideas

Open Up A long counter of drawers with no upper cabinets allows the owners of this sunny kitchen to prep and cook with a clear view into the living and dining area. Design by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd. Coordinate the Trim By trimming the windows in the same wood that was used for the cabinets, the designers at Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd., gave this kitchen the same unified look that matching upper and lower cabinets would provide. Hanging Shelves The Brooklyn-based design firm General Assembly hung shelves anchored into a steel plate in the ceiling joists in this 300-square-foot duplex to provide extra storage while maintaining a connection to the upstairs. Open Display Shelves “Open shelving works great as a mediator between functional kitchen storage space and display space,” says General Assembly designer Sarah Zames. “Items that you might keep on your living room mantel can easily nest into your kitchen storage.” Take A Recess In place of upper cabinets, certified kitchen designer Elina Katsioula-Beall uses recessed, open cubbies inside a pebble-rock wall to showcase glassware, for a sleek, modern look. Pretty in Pink The open shelves in this kitchen allowed designer Judy O’Neil Labins to make the most of the salmon-pink color she chose for the walls. Pretty shelf brackets add to the kitchen’s cottage charm. Mix It Up If you can’t decide whether to install upper cabinets or not, consider a combination. The mix of glass-front cabinets and open shelving in this kitchen by designer Laura Robbins provides visual interest as well as plenty of storage space. Continental Charm This kitchen originally had upper cabinets, but Wilson Kelsey Design felt they were ruining the French Provincial look the client desired – and making the kitchen appear to work too hard. Post-renovation, the space has a romantic, French feel but incorporates plenty of modern technology, all well hidden from view. A walk-in pantry compensates for storage space that might normally be found in a second row of cabinets. Take the Doors Off The open shelving in this kitchen by designer Lisa Kanning takes up as much wall space as cabinets would but instead of hiding plates and glassware behind doors, the shelves keep everything on display and easily accessible. Higher and Higher A soaring cathedral-style kitchen is left open on top to draw the eye upward and maximize the sense of lofty sunlight. Built-in closets offer additional storage and open shelving lends a place to keep things on display and at hand. Design by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd. Bold Backsplash In a kitchen large enough to forgo upper cabinets, the backsplash becomes a major design element. Designer Nathalie Tremblay of Atelier Cachet chose to stack white glass tiles in neat columns for an eye-catching, graphic look. Consider Functionality In this boathouse kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architecture, Ltd., windows above the counter open to a matching counter on the outside so this area can easily be turned into a pass-through for serving food when entertaining guests. Preference for Pantries “I didn’t want to cram my kitchen full of cabinets,” says kitchen designer Jodi Gould, CKD. “I really want it to feel just like another room of the house.” The built-in pantry Gould designed was much less expensive than cabinetry and holds all her food and dry goods. “The more floor-to-ceiling storage you can pack in,” she says, “the more open upper space you’ll be left with, giving any kitchen a larger feel.” Simple Shelves In this kitchen by Albertsson Hansen Architects, simple, linear shelves echo the lines of the subway tile that go all the way up to the ceiling. The black of the shelves pop, adding visual interest to the otherwise mostly white kitchen. For shelves that blend in, choose the same color as the walls – or go with glass. It’s All in the Editing 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. Vive le View With a stunning view of the Plum Island Salt Marsh, it seems a shame to obstruct it with cabinets. In this kitchen by Andrew Sidford Architects, all storage is below counter and island height with the walls reserved for windows. The Sky’s The Limit It might be tempting to pack a high-ceilinged kitchen with cabinetry but keeping the space spare will give you a more elegant kitchen. This large kitchen by designer Ines Hanl provided enough storage space down low, so the room could be kept open to maximize the beauty of the skyward-sweeping walls.
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Kitchen Shelving Ideas

Farmhouse Charm Combine function with decorative flair. The open shelving in this cottage-style kitchen provides a roomy expanse of storage, but it’s also an opportunity to enhance the decor. Vintage pewter, china and other dishware mingle with practical supplies such as plates and glasses. The openness of the shelves also helps to preserve the serene, airy feel of the space and lends an old-fashioned note, evoking an era when most kitchens featured utilitarian shelves rather than banks of cabinetry. Shelves and Drying Rack Mix and match modular shelving. The fun of floating shelves such as these is that you can position them any way you want, which makes them an ideal choice for tiny kitchens and odd slivers of wall space. You also can combine different sizes and finishes, such as wood and stainless steel, for an eclectic effect. Colorful Backgrounds Does your kitchen need a jolt of energy? Add a shot of color. Coat the backs of open shelves in a saturated paint color, or cover them in pretty wallpaper. Choose a color that contrasts strongly with the cabinet finish to make an emphatic statement; if subtlety is your style, go with a more restrained hue. The color you choose also depends on what you plan to showcase — this collection of white dishware looks luminous against a turquoise backdrop. Courtesy of Plain & Fancy Turn It the Other Way Make use of wasted space. Open shelving can be a great way to put to work a spot that otherwise might have languished. The small double shelf tucked at the end of this kitchen countertop offers just enough room to store cookbooks and decorative flotsam, and it also gives the space a more graceful, less clunky look. Courtesy of Merillat X Marks the Spot Indulge in luxury. Specialized open cabinetry is a wonderful way to give a prized collection of china, silver, fine wines or other items the pride of place it deserves. Here, X-shaped inserts keep bottles organized, while the shelves for barware are tailored to the heights of the different pieces. A dramatic black finish underscores the elegant effect. Courtesy of KraftMaid Uppers Look up. If you aren’t comfortable with open shelving at eye level, try limiting it to the row of cabinets near the ceiling. In this kitchen, the homeowner removed the upper cabinet doors to enlarge the feel of the compact space and add decorative interest without putting her entire kitchenware collection out in the open. Hanging Shelves Think vertical. Open shelves suspended from the ceiling rather than mounted on a wall have a wonderful floating quality that helps to make a space feel more expansive. It’s also a terrific approach if you don’t have wall square footage to spare in a petite kitchen. Although suspended shelving kits are available on the market, experienced DIYers could craft their own fairly easily. Courtesy of Legacy Kitchens Open Cupboards Create a furniture look. Corbels, molding and other furniture-style details give this built-in shelving unit the look of a freestanding hutch, which reinforces the kitchen’s vintage air. You could paint the unit a contrasting color to enhance the standalone impression, or just paint the shelf backing to add depth. Design by Jane Ellison Cabinet and Shelf Combos Put it all out in the open. Stacked cubbies and wire shelving pepper this bank of cabinetry from top to bottom, putting pantry staples, dishware and cooking tools within easy reach. The potential pitfall of so much exposed storage? More space that you’ll have to keep neat. Use bins and baskets to corral small items, and be selective about what you display in order to keep the look as visually pleasing as possible. Courtesy of ClosetMaid
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Kitchen Shelving Ideas

Show Off Kitchen Shelving Open shelving filled with eye-popping Fiestaware has legs beyond your “Dream Kitchen” Pinterest board and the pages of This Old House magazine. But ask yourself a few questions before you adapt it in your family’s high-traffic cook space: Am I a neat person? Do I love my drinkware enough to display it? If you answered yes, TOH design editor Tisha Leung says you’re ready to make the move to open shelving. “It’s a really big step visually, and your whole lifestyle changes,” she warns. Now that you’re committed, read on for her advice on making open shelving work for you.

Kitchen Shelving Ideas

Kitchen Shelving Ideas
Kitchen Shelving Ideas
Kitchen Shelving Ideas
Kitchen Shelving Ideas

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