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  • How to Style the Open Shelves in the Kitchen

    As mentioned in a previous blog, open shelves are extremely beneficial in the kitchen. They are great for storing larger items, they make a kitchen appear more open and airy, and they are perfect to access everyday essentials. As a result,  there are a wide variety of types of items that can be stored, and yet be stylishly displayed at the same time. Below are some of the best uses of open shelving along with some style tips to have an aesthetically pleasing kitchen space.


    Everyday Essentials: For starters, open shelves are a great space to store everyday essentials, such as mugs, water glasses, plates, and bowls. They are kept within easy reach, and having them right there speeds up the morning and evening process. Having everyday essentials on the open shelves also avoids dust collection. The items are used frequently, and therefore will not sit on the shelves for long.

    • Style Tip: Ensure to have matching sets within a defined color palette, to display blocks of color on the open shelves. It creates a collected and layered look, yet is still useful at the same time.
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    Drinking Glasses: One of the more attractive storage ideas for the open shelves is the drinking glasses. Since they are used frequently, it will prevent dust from settling, and it will be within easy reach to just grab that always necessary glass of water.

    • Style Tip: Balance the clear glasses with some colored pieces to add some interest and patterns. Even clear glasses with colored coffee mugs and teacups will give some visual interest and use the space at the same time.
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    Storage Jars: Clear jars on open shelves are both practical and stylish. Jars on the shelves will free space in the cabinet and on the counter, and they are within easy reach. Storage jars are great for storing essential ingredients and everyday snacks.

    • Style Tip: Have the same jars with different food items in each to add some color, yet be visually synchronized as well.
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    Spices and Seasonings: Going along with the storage jars mentioned above, having spices and seasonings on a shelf is perfect for the home chef. With a display of an array or different ingredients, any user will be inspired to play with various ingredients and just grab whatever they please.

    • Style Tip: Spices and Seasonings in uniform containers will add sophistication to the space and showcase the variety and different types in a much better way. It will be a delectable view!
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    Display Collections: One of the most common uses of an open shelf is displaying collections or decorative pieces. It adds a fun twist to the kitchen and creates some interest. Displaying a collection or some decorative items is great for a top shelf, which is a little out of the way and not as easy to reach as the lower open shelves. Decorative items will still fill the shelf, use the space, and bring that unique element to the kitchen space.

    • Style Tip: Mix and match different pieces. In a collection display, play up with different heights and directions and have various types of items or even some books or frames. Different sized objects creates a very dynamic look. One can also add a mix with some diverse types of items, blending the practical items and the decorative ones. That way, the shelves can be still be used but can also have interesting pops of color and design elements.
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    Styling an open shelf is one of the most fun aspects of having them within the kitchen. The key with open shelves is to blend practical and beautiful at the same time. Whether it is daily-used items, drinking items, storage items or collections; open shelving are great for placing nearly everything. Try some of these ideas in your kitchen!

  • Advantages of Open Shelving

    Open shelving is a popular design concept we see in many modular kitchens. Complementing modern design, open shelving is becoming  more common as a contemporary storage option for today's kitchens. In fact, many of the previous blogs have highlighted open shelving as a contemporary design concept. While considering open shelves for your modular kitchen, check out the benefits below to help decide whether or not open shelves are for you.

    • Storage Options Compared to Cabinets: Wall cabinets can be slightly restrictive in terms of space, only allowing a certain size or amount of items within the given area. Depending on the height they might also be difficult to reach, especially for the smaller individuals. However, open shelves are more continuous, providing a little more flexibility to arrange your items in a practical, yet creative way. Due to their structure, any user can arrange and reach for their items very easily while using the kitchen.
      Kitchen with both cabinets and open shelves. Image Credit Caddomineral
    • Space looks Bright, Open, and Inviting: As mentioned in many previous blogs, open shelving creates an open and inviting look in the entire a kitchen. Especially in a smaller kitchen, the boxy look of continuous wall cabinetry can make a kitchen look small, dark, and constricting. Since open shelves are typically a single line along the wall, an illusion of a more open kitchen is created. More light flows through the kitchen, and it also creates a more inviting environment. Even when homeowners have guests visiting, the open shelves create that welcoming feel where anybody can simply grab and use the items on the shelves without any formalities.
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    • Easy to Organize: Due to the open nature, all the items are more visible making everything much easier to organize. Everything has a designated spot and any user can easily see where and how the items are placed. This is often a welcome change compared to conventional wall cabinets which require a user to reach further back to organize and visualize their items.
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    • Cost-Effective: Open shelves are a great economical option for those who desire new wall cabinet storage. A conventional cabinet requires manufacturing, time, and installation of placing the entire box correctly in the kitchen. But an open shelf takes less time and is much easier to install than the actual cabinet. Therefore, when to revive an old kitchen or get a new kitchen, consider open shelves as a more budget-friendly option!
    • Display Collections & Decoration: Open shelves allow a user to get extremely creative with the overall look and feel of the kitchen. One can use open shelves to display collections of pretty dish-ware in a unique and interesting way. The user can have a lot of fun by displaying some fun colors and designs to bring some life to the overall kitchen.
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    Overall, open shelves have some great benefits in the modular kitchen design. With the convenience it brings in storage, organization, and cost they are a great design option for the contemporary kitchen. Nevertheless, one thing to keep in mind is that dust tends to collect faster, so these shelves require more regular cleaning than closed cabinets. Because everything is on display, open shelves also require a user to be a bit more organized, as the items on open shelves will affect the general kitchen aesthetic. Frequent cleaning and simplistic organization are the two aspects to consider while adding open shelves to your kitchen. However, definitely consider them and even test it out by removing the cabinet shutters to get a feel for open storage. See if you love it or hate it, and if they're not for you, simply put the shutters back!

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