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Open Shelving in the Kitchen: 10 Favorites

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Open Shelving in the Kitchen: 10 Favorites

August 20, 2008

An argument against kitchen cabinets: Observe how the open shelving in these kitchens adds an offhand, casual note and keep essentials within easy reach.

In the shop kitchen of designer Christina Kim, white tiled shelving displays artful collections of glassware. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Above: In the shop kitchen of designer Christina Kim, white tiled shelving displays artful collections of glassware. Photograph by Matthew Williams for Remodelista.
Open shelving beneath a marble countertop, and in a niche, keeps cookware on display. For more, see Kitchen of the Week: A Monumental Marble Countertop.
Above: Open shelving beneath a marble countertop, and in a niche, keeps cookware on display. For more, see Kitchen of the Week: A Monumental Marble Countertop.
A solution for an uncluttered kitchenette: neutral open shelves, rather than heavy above-counter cabinets. See more ideas in Small-Space Living: An Airy Studio Apartment in a Garage. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
Above: A solution for an uncluttered kitchenette: neutral open shelves, rather than heavy above-counter cabinets. See more ideas in Small-Space Living: An Airy Studio Apartment in a Garage. Photograph by Matthew Williams.
Simple plywood shelves replace under-counter cabinets in Frisian Style: An Otherworldly Former Hay Loft Transformed in the North Sea.
Above: Simple plywood shelves replace under-counter cabinets in Frisian Style: An Otherworldly Former Hay Loft Transformed in the North Sea.
Exposed white shelving (and a brass kitchen rail) adds above-counter storage in The Dinesen Family House: A Historic Renovation for Danish Design Royalty.
Above: Exposed white shelving (and a brass kitchen rail) adds above-counter storage in The Dinesen Family House: A Historic Renovation for Danish Design Royalty.
A single, DIY display shelf lines the kitchen in designer and illustrator Swantje Hinrichsen&#8
Above: A single, DIY display shelf lines the kitchen in designer and illustrator Swantje Hinrichsen’s home in Germany. See Kitchen of the Week: An Artful Kitchen Created from Reclaimed Ikea Parts, Extreme Budget Edition for how she did it.
In Deborah Ehrlich&#8
Above: In Deborah Ehrlich’s Hudson Valley home, ad-hoc open shelving corrals cookware below the counter (and a thin shelf displays tea pots, above). For more, see House Call: At Home in the Hudson Valley with Designer Deborah Ehrlich.
Bracketed shelving above a dark-wood countertop in Kitchen of the Week: A Whitewashed Cabin Kitchen on Henry Island.
Above: Bracketed shelving above a dark-wood countertop in Kitchen of the Week: A Whitewashed Cabin Kitchen on Henry Island.
In A Moody, Romantic Spanish Modern Update in Los Feliz, a small wooden shelves are just big enough to keep coffee mugs and wine glasses at the ready.
Above: In A Moody, Romantic Spanish Modern Update in Los Feliz, a small wooden shelves are just big enough to keep coffee mugs and wine glasses at the ready.
Open shelving, painted blue, provides a backdrop for glassware and tableware. To get the look, see Steal This Look: A Piggery Turned Kitchen, Custom Larder Included.
Above: Open shelving, painted blue, provides a backdrop for glassware and tableware. To get the look, see Steal This Look: A Piggery Turned Kitchen, Custom Larder Included.

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