Seventeen Reasons To Love Open Kitchen Shelving

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Today, per reader request, D has gathered a selection of kitchens that throw caution to the wind – boldly stepping out from the confines of bulky wall hung cabinetry onto the sleek and honest platform of open kitchen shelving. While open shelving can bring benefits in terms of ease of use, function and aesthetics – the real battle ground is fought on the styling front. A good rule of thumb – keep it simple in terms of material and color, group like with like and have fun.



Netherlands based designer Roderick Vos designed a narrow strip of shelving to serve as home to glassware and seasonings in this kitchen at the Château de la Resle hotel.



A wall of bookshelves brings added function to a space traditionally reserved for food preparation. Cabinetry by the Swedish company, Vedum and lighting by Tom Dixon. Photo via Sköna Hem.



Light white shelving and dish ware serve as the perfect counter balance to the weighty, dark cabinetry below. Interior design by Michelle Morelan. Photo by Heather Ross.



A series of shelves tucked in the far right corner of this dreamy little kitchen helps maintain symmetry and provide storage where cabinetry would not otherwise fit. Interior design by Stephen Knollenberg. Photo by Beth Singer.



Tucked seamlessly into the wall, these built-in shelves provide a perfect place for frequently used items. Kitchen designed by Deulonder for Casa Decor Barcelona. Photos via El Mueble.



Keeping things easy breezy, designer David Piscuskas exclusively used open shelving for upper level storage in this Palm Beach kitchen. Photo by Nikolas Koenig via Architectural Digest.



The UK based hand-made kitchen specialists at Martin More Company outfitted this gorgeous little space with the best of both worlds – both closed and open storage.



Design is in the details, and making a simple shelf out of marble adds that perfect extra something. Photo via Domino.



The Fornasetti wallpaper in stylist Fiona Richardson’s butler pantry enjoys maximum real estate, thanks to her preference for open shelving. Photo: Sean Fennessy via The Design Files.



For the bold of heart and short of space – shelving that transverses windows. Design by the cabinetry specialists at Karpaty for the Coastal Living Show House 2012.



No fuss wall hung bookshelves provide a maximum of casual storage in a large Philadelphia loft. Photo by Todd Mason.



Custom recessed shelving in this Paris kitchen by A+B Kasha provides the perfect display setting for simple dishware and treasured objects. Photo by Idha Lindhag.



Shelving from Obumex’s Minimal Collection doubles as a light source.



Built in marble shelving designed by Daskal Laperre Interior Architects provides an elegant backdrop for display. Photo by Karel Vanoverberghe.



Dark shelving in the Melbourne kitchen of stylist Fiona Richardson sets off a collection of white dishware. The bentwood chairs are by Thonet. Photo by Derek Swalwell.



A system of sliding doors allows for a variety of styling options in this computer rendered kitchen by Ando Studio.



And we close on a dramatic note – because if you are going show it all off… you might as well do it right! Shown – graphically arranged white china set within a dark wall of shelving in Antwerp’s The Jane restaurant. Photo by Richard Powers.


until tomorrow…


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  1. June 25, 2014

    A fantastic round-up! I know there are some who don’t like it, but I just adore open shelving and what it does for a kitchen.

    • D
      June 26, 2014

      Thanks so much Emily. When styled right it is the best option I think. Who can be bothered with all that opening and closing anyway?

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