An argument against kitchen cabinets: Observe how the open shelving in these kitchens adds an offhand, casual note and keep essentials within easy reach.
Below: An English kitchen from Living Etc.
Below: High kitchen shelves provide storage for stacks of white plates. Photo by Colin Streater.
Below: Ione Skye's LA kitchen, featured in Domino.
Below: A house on Long Island by NY firm Deborah Berke & Partners uses open shelving to stack dishes and cups.
Below: A Scandinavian kitchen from Purple Area.
Below: Open kitchen shelves from the portfolio of Daniel Farmer.
Below: A neutral palette in a serene kitchen.
Below: Open shelving in a Brooklyn Row House Remodel by Domestic Architecture.
Below: A single, long kitchen shelf provides storage above and lighting emanating from below, via Desire to Inspire.
Below: A kitchen from Living Etc. featuring open storage both above and below the counter.
Below: Kitchen shelves from Charlotte Crosland Interiors.
Below: A kitchen with open shelving featured on Peppermags.
Below: Minimalist open shelving by San Francisco firm Dowling Kimm.
Below: Open shelving and dark-hued pottery in a kitchen via Style Files.
Below: In this kitchen in France by Kate Hume, all storage is out in the open or tucked undercounter.
Below: Kitchen shelves designed by UK firm Hut Architecture; via Materialicious.
Below: A kitchen in London by Turner Castle.
Below: Open shelving by Plain English Design.
Below: A kitchen in San Francisco by David S. Gast & Associates.
Below: Even Martha Stewart approves of open shelving; here's a shot of her Skylands kitchen.
Below: Marble shelves add a touch of elegance to this UK kitchen; via Light Locations.