8 Open Shelving Kitchen Ideas

Matching your shelves to your cabinets makes the room look more put together and turns store-bought wood shelves into unique works of art.

Painted Open Shelving

Most of the time, open shelves are more for looks than for storage. But open pantry shows that open shelving can be a great way to store a lot of things.

Open Shelving Storage

The piece gives her kitchen an old-world look and feel that standard shelving can't. Also fun and useful are the mug hooks on the edges of the shelves.

Antique Open Shelving

We also love how the wood shelves (which were made by her husband as a do-it-yourself project!) don't block the beautiful wall tile.

Corner Open Shelving

Even though shelves that hang on the wall are great, you might want to think about a freestanding open shelving unit. This kitchen has a leaning ladder shelf unit that holds a lot of cookbooks and looks great, too.

Leaning Ladder Open Shelving

Elegant shelving like this one from adds sophistication. Glass shelves nearly disappear, letting beautiful accessories and dishware shine. 

Elegant Open Shelving

"Mount your shelving in front of [a mirror] to add drama," Leisler suggests. "It opens up and brightens the room! Instant enchantment!"

Mirrored Open Shelving

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