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Interior Trend: Open Shelving in Kitchens

September 6, 2017

open shelving in kitchensWhile the thought of open shelving in kitchens may make you nervous, it’s an interior trend that just doesn’t want to let up. From open pipe to floating to built-ins, they are everywhere. And yes, no one wants their messy life out on display for everyone to see, but open shelving in kitchens creates the illusion of more space and allows for creativity and artistic expression.

Creativity and artistic expression? That’s right. When styled right, they not only allow easy access to all your everyday essentials, but offer a space to share a bit of who you are, in a room that can sometimes lack personality.

open shelving in kitchens

First things, first – start with what you use most – your everyday plates, glasses, mugs, etc. Group like with like – vintage with vintage, blue pattern with a blue pattern, etc. While the thought of mixing and matching may seem cool and eclectic, over time it’ll create a chaotic and messy feel.

open shelving in kitchens

Your most used and loved cookbooks are a great addition, and practical. Try to balance color and size when placing them.

open shelving in kitchens

I like the idea of displaying art or photos on open shelving in kitchens, its unexpected and a great way to add some color. Layered behind books or plates it creates depth, without feeling cluttered.

open shelving in kitchens

open shelving in kitchens

open shelving in kitchens

Do you have open shelving in your kitchen? Have you implemented the new trend of pipe shelving with structural pipe connectors? What are your favorite things to display in your kitchen? I’d love to know in the comments below.


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  • Reply Amy Davis September 7, 2017 at 11:28 am

    Thanks for the ideas Neelam! Dave and I are moving to the island (Cumberland) at the end of the month and our funky new home has great pipe and unfinished wood shelving! It’s awesome! 🙂

    • Reply Neelam September 8, 2017 at 7:18 am

      Amy! That’s so exciting! I have to say it’s taken me some time to warm up to this trend, but it’s really grown on me! So practical and a great way to add some creativity to the kitchen. I love the industrial feel of open pipe, can’t wait to see the new place! Let me know when you’re ready for visitors 😉

  • Reply Darlene September 7, 2017 at 1:13 pm

    Love this trend! Beautiful photos!

    • Reply Neelam September 8, 2017 at 7:20 am

      Thank you Darlene! Yes, I’m scheming of a way to add them to small kitchen 🙂 Thank you for stopping by!

  • Reply Keri September 7, 2017 at 1:51 pm

    I am very drawn to open shelving in general, and it is definitely going to make an appearance I the kitchen we are remodeling! Not only is it gorgeous, but very cost effective. We just did the demo, but I can’t wait to see how it all pulls together. Thanks for the styling tips!

    • Reply Neelam September 8, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Hi Keri,
      So exciting to be remodeling a kitchen! Yes the cost saving alone make this a great trend. Be sure to share your kitchen when it’s done, I can’t wait to see it. Thank you so much for stopping by.

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