Open shelving ideas for kitchens

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Open shelving ideas for kitchens
Open shelving keeps staples on display. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Open kitchen shelving is a recent trend that can give kitchens a clean, open look. The trick to pulling this type of display off is to keep your kitchen implements neat and organised. If you have decorative plates that you want to show off more often than just at mealtimes and love keeping foodstuffs out in the open, this look is ideal.

Coordinated Dishware

With open shelving for your dishware, you're putting everything on display; so it's important that your dishes present an attractive picture in storage as well as in use. The easiest way to ensure coordinating plates, cups, bowls and serving dishes is to go all white. This palette is impossible to mess up and allows you to add pieces from multiple collections without worrying about finding the right hue. If you prefer colourful dishes, keep the surrounding items such as the walls and shelves in neutral tones to avoid a display that's overwhelming.

Dressed-Up Shelves

Papering shelves seems like an unnecessary hassle when you have cupboard doors concealing all your hard work. Open shelving, however, allows you to put all those hours of carefully trimming and laying shelf paper on proud display. Use this opportunity to splurge a little on designer shelf paper. If you can't find the perfect shade for your shelves, consider painting them in an eye-catching colour. Keep the fronts of the shelves looking pretty with a line of ribbon or rickrack glued to the shelf face.

Attractive Foodstuffs

Foodstuffs kept on open shelving should be stored attractively to keep your kitchen from looking too much like a grocery store. Put cereal, pasta, rice, pretzels, cookies and other dry snacks and staples in canisters or jars. Clearly label each with a decorative sticker on the face of the container or a tag tied around the top with ribbon. Cover the tops of jars with a square of cloth secured with ribbon or string for presentation. Store additional boxes and bottles in baskets or canvas cubes, sorted by type.

Creative Displays

Additional knick-knacks and decorative pieces will add to the overall look of your open kitchen shelving. Thoughtful display of functional pieces will keep the look interesting as well. Keep cookbooks between attractive bookends. Stand utensils up in pitchers or mugs. Keep fresh flowers in serving bowls or pitchers. Mount hooks to the underside of a shelf for hanging coffee mugs or tea cups. Store fresh fruit in soup bowls. Intersperse whimsical collections such as kitschy salt and pepper shakers and colourful coasters along the shelves to brighten things up.

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