Open Shelving in Kitchens: 7 Different Looks
There’s a new movement in kitchen design when it comes to storage and display and that is the replacement of solid upper cabinetry with open shelving, typically in the form of floating shelves or ones supported by brackets.
Many homeowners are embracing this idea in their own kitchens and the look is becoming less of a trend and more of a lifestyle choice. Here are seven different ways you to can incorporate open shelving into your kitchen.
One way to open up without replacing upper cabinetry is to remove the cabinet doors, patch and paint any hinge holes, and experiment with your comfort level where glasses and dishware are out on constant display.
Choosing beadboard as a backsplash adds traditional cottage style when installed behind open shelving designed to store everyday dishes.
Carved brackets add architectural interest to kitchens with open shelving. Paint them in a welcoming color to complement your white and colored glass collection.
As an alternative to high contrast paint, choose a finish on the shelving that is similar to the wall like this display of wood tone shelving against whitewashed paneling. The blended combination allows the dishes and art to take the spotlight.
The use of stainless steel for open shelving injects a modern vibe into a kitchen space and mimics the look found in many restaurants and cafes.
Introduce thick rustic wood planks in the form of floating shelves to add warmth and contrast against cool ceramic tile.
If your existing upper cabinetry is adjacent to a window, you also have the option of installing boards between them for open storage and to create a space for your favorite dish collection.
Have you upgraded your kitchen lately and included open shelving in the design plan?
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