Open Shelving in the Kitchen

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Sleek and contemporary open shelving in the kitchen
Sleek and contemporary open shelving in the kitchen (justdecorate.wordpress)

Whether you have a small kitchen and want it to appear more open or if you prefer simplicity in design, open shelving in the kitchen is a stylish option.  Open shelving can be sleek and modern or become a charming feature of a traditional kitchen.  Here are ideas for open shelving in the kitchen to give you a bit of inspiration.

Modern open shelving enhances the kitchen
Modern open shelving enhances the kitchen (diynetwork)
Charming shelves highlight this kitchen
Charming shelves highlight this kitchen (jennaburger)
Monochromatic collections look fresh in this open shelved kitchen
Monochromatic collections look fresh in this open shelved kitchen (homebunch)

If heavy cabinetry is not your aesthetic, opt for open shelving for a clean, sleek look in a modern kitchen.  Eliminating cabinets and using simple shelves along the walls of the kitchen opens up the room for a fresh look.

A modern kitchen with open shelving
A modern kitchen with open shelving (homedit)
Pared down kitchen with open shelving
Pared down kitchen with open shelving (contemporaryinteriordesigns)
Open shelving in the kitchen
Open shelving in the kitchen (pearlstoapicnic)
Open shelving adds to the sleek design of this kitchen
Open shelving adds to the sleek design of this kitchen (decoist)

If you have cabinetry in place and would like to pursue the open shelving look, simply remove the doors from the cabinets.  You can remove just a few to give your kitchen a bit of change or take off all the doors for a whole new look.

Removing several cabinet doors is a great option in the kitchen
Removing several cabinet doors is a great option in the kitchen (Pinterest)
Removing kitchen cabinet doors opens up the space
Removing kitchen cabinet doors opens up the space (indulgy)

Consider what you store in your kitchen cabinets.  When using open shelving, you want to create order by storing like items together and stacking dishes neatly.  Store dry items in decorative jars.

Monochromatic collections look great in an open shelved kitchen
Monochromatic collections look great in an open shelved kitchen (dailyarchdesign)
Adding colorful pieces accents kitchen open shelving
Adding colorful pieces accents kitchen open shelving (busydoor.co)
A well-organized open kitchen
A well-organized open kitchen (homebunch)

Open shelving can visually expand the space in a smaller kitchen.  Keep clutter to a minimum when storing items on the shelves.

Neatly stacked items in open kitchen shelving
Neatly stacked items in open kitchen shelving (sasinteriors.net)
Sleek open shelved storage
Sleek open shelved storage (kitzellg)
Minimal clutter in this open shelved kitchen
Minimal clutter in this open shelved kitchen (centsationalgirl)

Open kitchen shelving is fresh.  It gives your kitchen an openness and allows you to see your favorite kitchen items every day.  When planning open shelving, consider your space needs and keep dishes and other items tidy.  When you want to make a change, remove cabinet doors.  Embrace open kitchen shelving for a whole new look.

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