Kitchen shelving ideas

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Kitchen shelving ideas
Corner shelves can allow you to make use of tighter vertical spaces. (Jupiterimages/Creatas/Getty Images)

Picking shelving for a kitchen is about more than just picking out some cabinet colours. There are a few different routes that you can take that will affect the overall aesthetics and usefulness of your kitchen, from extra shelves tucked into a vertical corner to a floating shelf added to an open wall.

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Open Shelving

Open shelving allows you to to put the items you'd typically keep in the cabinets on display. This can be a potentially good or bad feature, depending on the items you decide to store on the shelves. To create a cohesive look without having to spend time each day making everything look just so, only store items that are in good condition and of a similar colour scheme on the open shelves. Store any chipped dishes somewhere else. Store dry goods in purchased containers instead of in their original boxes.

Glass Front Cabinets

Glass front cabinets combine the tidiness of regular cabinets with the airy look of open shelves. Choose frosted glass cabinet fronts for items that you would prefer to conceal, such as brightly coloured cans and cereal boxes or mismatching mugs. Use clear glass cabinet fronts for items you would like to have on display or be immediately recognisable for visitors, such as stemware. Consider installing small lights for items you want to showcase behind the glass.

Corner Shelves

If you have a small amount of open wall next to already existing cabinets, put it to use by installing a few corner shelves. While each shelf won't probably add very much by way of storage, they are perfect for storing items you want to have very close at hand, like a few favourite cook books or jars or sugar and sugar substitute for the morning coffee.

Vertical Pullouts

Vertical pullouts combine the best of kitchen shelves and kitchen drawers because they are essentially both at once. Tucked between cabinets or next to a refrigerator, pullouts are tall, thin drawers that pull out to reveal rows of shelves. Very narrow pullouts are perfect for condiments, cans and spices, while wider varieties work well for larger cans and stores of dry foods, like rice, flour or dry beans.

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