18 Timeless Ways To Add Open Shelving To A Kitchen

Every interior designer can probably tell you that open shelves and kitchens are a great match. Actually, open shelves, in general, are very practical for both storing and displaying items. In the kitchen they let you keep items handy so you don’t have to keep opening and closing doors every time you want to use them. Moreover, they maintain a very airy and open feel which is always a good thing, especially in rooms that have lots of furniture and appliances. If you agree with us and you’d like to find a way to add more open shelves to your own kitchen, check out some of the following ideas.

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The open shelves give this kitchen a dynamic look and at the same time maintain a classy and elegant look. This is a design created by Ashli Mizell during a townhouse remodel in Philadelphia and a particularly beautiful detail in this case is the overall design and texture of the walls.

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Speaking of open shelves and their ability to let the walls behind them stand out, check out this exquisite kitchen designed by Monique Gibson. It features a dark palette with predominant shades of black and gray. The chalkboard wall fits perfectly in this setup and the wooden open shelves complement it in the best way possible.

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Another beautiful design was created by Desjeux Delaye. The open shelving in this kitchen actually has a bit of industrial character and sits on top of the counter rather than being wall-mounted. Still, the slender metal frame is not visually intrusive.

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As soon as we saw this kitchen designed by Shannon Tate we fell in love with it. We love open shelves in particular. They fill that corner perfectly and they look super sleek and stylish in addition to also being super practical.

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This is a kitchen which celebrates the beauty of the industrial style with a design that looks surprisingly cozy and also a bit rustic. The space used to serve as an office and the transformation into an apartment was a very successful one. It was a project completed by Jaime Beriestain.

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What’s great about open shelves is that they’re super versatile and can be installed pretty much anywhere. For example, you can have a few shelves installed on the kitchen backsplash so you can keep some items close at hand, such as favorite spices, your favorite cookbook or perhaps something beautiful to look at while you’re prepping and cooking. Let this design created by Space Exploration inspire you.

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A combination of closed storage compartments, drawers and open shelves is usually the best choice in a kitchen whatever the overall style is. All of these elements can be combined in a variety of different ways, including some pretty compact options like this design which makes the most of the gorgeous contrast between the timber surfaces and blue finish.

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What a great design which takes advantage of the high ceiling in this open and very classy kitchen. The subway tile backsplash is a subtle yet powerful focal point and the two open shelving modules give the setup asymmetrical look. They’re actually hanging from the ceiling rather than being wall-mounted. This is a design done by studio Godrich.

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This is a very unusual-looking kitchen island. It’s a sort of hybrid between an island and a dining table and this gives the room an extra cozy and welcoming look even though the color palette is limited to neutrals. The white open shelves help to emphasize the pleasant ambiance. This was the work of interior designer and architect Stephane Chamard.

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Sometimes open shelving is the most practical solution due to circumstantial elements. For example, this kitchen has a rather weirdly placed window which doesn’t really allow wall-mounted cabinets to be installed.

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Studio Amber Interiors designed this very chic kitchen which features warm wooden flooring, matching marble backsplash and countertops and a set of simple open shelves that add extra storage without making the space seem cluttered or small.

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If not for the three wooden open shelves this kitchen would look austere and definitely less welcoming. The shelves make perfect sense in this scenario and the tie together the entire room. This stylish kitchen was a project by interior design studio lark & linen.

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Installing floating shelves in the kitchen is actually quite easy and you don’t necessarily need the help of a professional to do it. you can even make the shelves yourself from scratch. They can be custom-made to fit in a corner or to complete an empty accent wall section. You can look for inspiration on biggerthanthethreeofus.

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Open shelves are also perfect for those small wall sections where cabinets either don’t fit or don’t make sense. A simple set of two or three wooden shelves can easily complete the design of your kitchen. You can actually add the shelves at any time and update the look of your kitchen, changing the ambiance without actually altering anything. Check out ourvintagehomelove for more details.

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To give the shelves a more wholesome look, you can integrate them into a more complex unit design, sort of like a wall-mounted cabinet without doors. The idea is inspired by a project completed by Brillhart Architecture in Miami.

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Kitchens with open floor plans often include floating shelves in their designs. It’s a convenient and aesthetically-pleasing feature, one which makes sense in this context and many others like it. It’s also something to consider when re-designing an old kitchen. The breezy and airy shelves could be a wonderful improvement. Let this design created by Bates Masi Architects inspire you.

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Interior design studio Savvy found a great way to add open shelves to this kitchen and to seamlessly incorporate the windows in the decor. The high ceiling ensures an airy and open feel throughout the space while the custom cabinetry offers plenty of storage in a compact and elegant way.

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Three open wooden shelves on either side of the range hood give this kitchen a streamlined and symmetrical look. They’re also very practical and even though they cut a bit into the backsplash the fact that this is obviously intentional actually gives the space a lot of character. This is a design completed by studio McGee.