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45 Open Shelving Ideas For Kitchen Decor
Skipping upper cabinets in kitchens becomes a trend, and we see more and more of such kitchens. They look airy, lightweight and inspiring and invite in. But how to substitute upper kitchen cabinets if you still need more storage space than lower ones can give? Go for open shelves! Open shelves in the kitchen are a great solution to display and store everything you want without making your kitchen look too bulky. Here are some ideas!
What Are Open Kitchen Shelves Pros?
Open shelves are cheaper than cabinets. The simple fact that there is less material needed to build them makes them a more affordable option than upper cabinets. Since floating shelves have become so popular in the industry, many retailers offer them for affordable pricing.
A lot of people use their open shelving for decor purposes or for practical purposes. The seasonal decor changes you make in your kitchen can all center around your floating kitchen shelves, and you will avoid clutter on the countertops.
a beautiful black farmhouse kitchen with shaker cabinets, floating shelves, retro sconces and mixed metals for more eye-catchiness
a contemporary kitchen with light stained cabinets, a white hood, a stone backsplash and countertops plus a grey planked kitchen island
a contemporary sleek white kitchen with light stained wooden countertops and a white subway tile backsplash for a catchier look
How Deep Should Open Shelves Be?
Many retail shelving options come in depths as small as 4″. Those are best in a bathroom or hallway. For kitchens, you want to have a depth of at least 10 inches. This is important if you want to store dinner plates or other wider items on your shelving.
a cool and chic mid-century modern kitchen with stained cabinets, white stone countertops, an open shelf, artwork and books and potted plants
a cool and vivacious kitchen with lower green cabinets, a geo tile backsplash, a long open shelf used for displaying art and decor
a cool contemporary navy kitchen with white countertops and a backsplash, rattan lamps and leather stools
The next thing you want to take into consideration is the weight capacity of your shelving. This is especially important if you are storing dishes and other heavy items on them. Retail shelves all list their weight capacity, and installation into studs is vital to support a heavy load. Make sure you check the weight capacity of the shelving you buy so you know what you can realistically use your shelving to display.
a slate blue kitchen with lower cabinets and an open shelf with decor, a neutral stone backsplash and countertops and a stone kitchen island
a sleek walnut kitchen with a Scandinavian design, a white tile backsplash and countertops plus touches of gold
a sophisticated navy kitchen with shaker cabinets, a white marble backsplash, countertops and a ledge for displaying various stuff
a sophisticated navy kitchen with shaker cabinets, open shelves for storage, white marble countertops and a backsplash and artwork
a stylish farmhouse kitchen in teal, with butcherblock countertops, a white backsplash and gold fixtures
a stylish modern kitchen with stained cabinets and drawers, a large kitchen island, an open shelf for displaying and greenery
a vintage hunter green kitchen with a white marble backsplash and countertops, a shelf with artworks is chic
a white farmhouse kitchen with concrete countertops, black handles, rich-stained open shelves and appliances is very cool
a white kitchen with shaker and flat panel cabinets, white open shelving, white subway tiles and a large kitchen island
a white kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops, white subway tiles and open shelving instead of upper cabinets plus black sconces
a white minimalist kitchen with sleek cabinets, concrete countertops,open shelves instead of upper cabinets, stainless steel appliances
an airy neutral kitchen with stained cabinets, stained open shelves, a curved kitchen island, a white hood
an elegant navy kitchen with shaker cabinets, white stone countertops, a large kitchen island, a white square tile backsplash and a white shelf for dishes
an ultra-modern white kitchen with butcherblock countertops and a printed rug looks bold and cool
dark-stained wood and white cabinets, open white shelves and a white hood, a large kitchen island with gold stools and pendant lamps