Trending: Open Kitchen Shelves and How To Style Them
Something about the presence of practical things in a kitchen creates a personal, authentic atmosphere. Mugs, copper pots, cast iron pans, wooden spoons, pretty towels… Sprinkle in art and plants and you have yourself a kitchen with character. Kitchens seem to be evolving from the pristine, clean style of closed cabinetry to a more casual and approachable open shelving concept, showing off what is usually tucked away and hidden from sight. I personally love this lived-in, charming vibe that makes me want to spend more time cooking and less time vegging out on the couch.
Scroll down to check out the open kitchen shelves I’ve been eyeing, ideas for styling, and delightful products perfect for displaying and organizing all your kitchenware.
Show Off Cookware
Showing off cookware both large and small is not only functional but creates an easygoing, welcoming space. It says “Come in, let me cook for you!” I especially love the shiny copper pots in Ellen Pompeo’s kitchen (below) that serve as a stunning focal point in the kitchen. Hanging utensils is another way to add warmth and character and utilizing a knife bar is a functional storage solution.
Organizing spices, dry ingredients, or fresh herbs on open shelves is not only useful, but adds texture, color, and fragrance. If you’re OCD like me, spice jars can be displayed in orderly rows or if you enjoy a more eclectic look, jars in a variety of shapes and sizes can be mixed and matched.
via Real and Vibrant
Display Tonal Dishware
Curating dishware in similar tones and within a subtle color palette is a beautiful way to style open kitchen shelves. Keeping to muted tones rather than bright, vibrant colors evokes a calm environment and is easy on the eyes. You can achieve this look using either warm or cool tones and mixing various textures for a more layered and rich look.
Curate Unique Ceramics and Objects
Arranging unique ceramics or objects are like eye candy and draw you in to a room. They break up what could be a monotonous or sterile kitchen and add a dose of personality. Glazed ceramics, terracotta dishes, wood bowls, and oddly shaped pottery are all wonderful additions to an otherwise empty kitchen.
design by Lobster & Swan
I’m loving the mix of a silver vintage tea kettle, patterned and textured pottery, and a mug with a funky, oversized handle.
Utilize Baskets and Bins
Utilizing baskets and bins is a practical way to hold fruit or veggies in an open kitchen and gives off a farmer’s market vibe. If you have limited space or want easy access to your produce, this is a great solution!
via Ikea / Urban Outfitters
Embracing an eclectic style and hanging it all out there (figuratively and literally) brings life and character to a kitchen. Curate artwork, unique objects, plants, or books alongside cookware to achieve a dynamic and unique display. The kitchen then moves from a purely utilitarian space to one that offers your guests something interesting to eye and explore. Who doesn’t love admiring artwork or browsing through beautiful books?
There are so many ways to style open kitchen shelves, just take your pick! Curating the right combination of items is a process, so I’ve gathered some practical products below to help get you started.
- Oil & Vinegar Labels / Etsy
- Pantry Labels / Etsy
- Faceted Jar with Wooden Scoop / Zara Home
- Mini Oval Spice-Herb Jars with Clamp Set of 12 / Crate & Barrel
- Wooden Mug Rack / Magnolia Home
- Wall-Mount Bookshelf Pot Rack with Grid & 12 Hooks / Amazon
- Ludlow Leather Hooks – Tan / Lostine
- Under-Shelf Swiveling Hook Accessory / Rejuvenation
- Nicolai Utility Rail / Schoolhouse
- Streamline Modular Wall Shelves / West Elm
- Luciana Wavy Wall Shelf / Urban Outfitters
- Metal and Wood Wall Shelf / H&M Home
- Bekvam Spice Rack / Ikea
- Reclaimed Walnut Knife Grabber / Food52
- Schmidt Brothers Acacia 24″ Magnetic Wall Bar / Crate & Barrel
- Kungsfors Mesh Bag / Ikea
- Ria Tiered Hanging Basket / Urban Outfitters
- Wooden Flatware Basket with Handle / Zara Home
- Hanging Wall Baskets / Etsy
- Hultarp Container / Ikea
- Observator Clip On Basket / Ikea
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