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What You Should Know about the Open Shelving Kitchen Trend

Kitchen trends come and go, but one of the more interesting ones that we’ve come across lately is the open shelving kitchen. You’ve likely seen this style on popular cooking shows and in magazines, but what would it be like to have your own dishware and cookware all out on display for everyone to see?

This article will discuss open shelving kitchen ideas and how to make this latest kitchen design trend work well in your own home.

What’s the Appeal of Open Kitchen Design?

Kitchens have traditionally tucked everything neatly into cupboards and drawers so that you only see items when you need to access them. But many people have beautiful dishes that could be considered works of art and beg to be out in the open for everyone to see. An open shelving kitchen design puts beautiful dishware on display to give it a dual purpose of functionality and décor. However, this type of kitchen design requires a certain level of commitment to keep dishes clean and neatly arranged. Yet open shelving kitchens also appear welcoming to guests, they make your space look more open, and they can motivate you to keep your kitchen clean and organized.

Latest Kitchen Designs with Open Shelving

One of the best aspects of open kitchen design is that is encourages the use of vertical wall space. This is a great way to stay organized in your kitchen and put your most utilized items where they are easiest to reach. Instead of simply stacking your plates, one idea is to build vertical slots to display your plates in a way that’s easy to grab and won’t scratch them up. If you’re not 100 percent sold on the idea of an open shelving kitchen, you can combine open shelves with closed cupboards for an intriguing mix-and-match style.

How to Incorporate Open Shelving Kitchen Ideas

To incorporate some of these open shelving kitchen ideas in your home, you’ll need to think about color, positioning, and the amount of space your kitchen has. If you have colorful dishes, then open shelving that is all white in color makes the shelves fade into the background to highlight your dishes instead. To give the illusion of more space and see your dishware from multiple angles, consider placing a mirror behind your open shelving kitchen unit.

Tips for What to Feature with Small Kitchen Open Shelving

It’s a common misconception that open kitchen design only works in large kitchens where clutter is less of an issue. However, there are some great ways to make small kitchen open shelving work if you get creative too. To try out this trend in the latest kitchen designs, simply remove a couple cupboard doors and see how you like the style in your small kitchen. Apartment-dwellers and homeowners with small kitchens can also simply install one long shelf on a kitchen wall to serve as the open display space and provide a minimalist appeal.

Admittedly, not all dishes and appliances have an attractive or logical place in an open shelving kitchen. Antique and heirloom china looks lovely in an open shelving kitchen, but it may take up valuable space you need for your daily-use dishes. All-white or all-black dishes make a modern statement with open kitchen design, as well as nature-inspired dishes, such as wooden bowls and spoons. The dishes you display should match or coordinate with each other and your kitchen fixtures to bring continuity to your room. Also, feel free to mix in appliances, vases with fresh flowers, small frames with artwork, and baskets of fruit to give your open shelves more diversity and personality. This can be a really fun and inexpensive kitchen trend to try out, even for just a little while, so why not see how you like it in your own home?

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