A refreshing alternative to built-in cabinetry, unfitted -- or furniture-style -- storage options infuse a kitchen with character and charm.
Streamlined shelves used in lieu of cabinets lend a modern, sophisticated look. Using a mix of glass and solid-color shelves sparks visual interest. Wooden drawers keep unsightly supplies like recipe cards handy but hidden.
Open shelves and stainless-steel utensil racks infuse casual, contemporary character among more fitted cabinetry. Echoing the ceiling beam's dark, rich tone, a found table-turned-island provides a refreshing change from the surrounding white cabinetry.
You don't have to spend a fortune on cabinetry to get a sleek look with functional storage. Here, four simple wooden shelves with steel brackets keep dishes handy and an inexpensive freestanding metal-top table does double duty as a work surface and microwave stand.
Everything old is new again in this efficient space. A fresh coat of white paint refreshes an old wall cabinetry unit outfitted with an assortment of cubbies for storing dishes. Once a prep table at a bakery, the galvanized-steel island lends old-fashioned flair, along with a new farmhouse sink with a skirted bottom that disguises additional storage for pots and pans.
Variety is the spice of life in this kitchen that skillfully combines warm wood textures with sleek metal finishes. Inexpensive and roomy wire baskets stash staples in style in open cubbies. Above, two aluminum shelves create an open and airy -- yet efficient and organized -- space for storing dishes and other supplies.