There is a good reason that open shelving in the kitchen is so popular. Switching out your upper cabinets for shelving opens up your space and leaves it feeling bright and airy. It’s a timeless look that gives kitchens interest by creating a beautiful display. Today I am outlining seven trends in open-shelving that make excellent kitchen updates. I hope you enjoy these amazing inspirations.
Reclaimed and Natural Wood
Natural wood shelving adds an organic warmth and color to your kitchen. They can look beautiful both stained or natural, or try using reclaimed lumber for a more rustic look. I like the light color of white oak or elm. For a richer look, or if you like a midcentury vibe, try using walnut.
When I spotlighted deVOL Kitchens, I took note of the single shelf above the counter in many of their kitchens. The simplicity of this design is beautiful and has the look of a rustic country kitchen. Although the shelf can be useful for storing dishes or spices, it also looks beautiful styled with unique pottery, greenery, or art.
White open shelving visually disappears into your white wall leaving the kitchen feeling open and spacious. It is an especially great idea if you are working to update a small, cramped kitchen.
Metal-framed shelves add an industrial vibe to your kitchen design. I love both the brass and steel designs below. Keep the frames thin so that you don’t loose the airy aesthetic open-shelving brings to your kitchen.
Glass is a unique minimalist option for your shelves. I like how it showcases the beautiful hardware pairings in the images below.
Open shelving painted to match your cabinetry creates a polished look. This is a good option if you want open shelving, but don’t want it to be a design feature that stands apart from the rest of your woodwork.
Under the Range Hood
A shelf or two above your stove looks beautiful but would also be so useful. I can imagine styling with all your kitchen tools and go-to spices.