Kitchen Trend: Open Shelving in Front of Windows

There’s a kitchen design trend that has caught our eye–open shelving in front of windows. It’s a unique idea that looks beautiful and solves a common kitchen design dilemma. When designing a kitchen, there is always a balance between giant windows that will flood the room with light, open shelving that creates an airy feel, and closed cabinetry for storage needs. Layering your shelving in front of your window allows you to maintain light without sacrificing storage.  Take a look at these kitchens and see how they pull off the look. What do you think, a trend to love?

Jenny Keenan Design photo: Julia Lynn Photography

White shelving blends with this pretty all white kitchen. Neutral colors and organic materials make sure that the styled shelves don’t detract from the tree-filled view.



Katie Hackworth photo: Alyssa Rosenheck

Glass shelves and white dishes hardly interfere with the light flooding in through a wall of windows in this bright two-toned kitchen.


Kate Marker Interiors

In this butler’s pantry, open shelving in medium toned wood adds warmth to the gray backsplash and white woodwork.


Dana Lynch Design

Iron and glass shelves give a cool french bistro meets industrial vibe. Suspending the shelves from the ceiling allows you to use part of the window for storage while leaving the rest of the view unobstructed.


Alice Lane Home

If this is a look you’d love to use in your own kitchen, consider using large single paned windows with little or no trim. The look makes a statement and keeps the focus on the shelf in front of the window without any distractions.


Hernandez Greene via Domino

In this cool black and natural wood kitchen, the heavy black metal framework creates balance with the black floor and accents.


I love exploring new design ideas and seeing how others use them in their designs. Check back soon for more trends and inspiration!




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