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Our House Remodel: Open Shelving in Kitchen

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White Kitchen with Open Shelving

One of the best decisions I made for our new kitchen was incorporating open shelving! I have never had open shelves in the kitchen before, but it is a trend I was so ready to get on board with! Now my husband on the other hand, wasn’t so sure about it. He was worried we wouldn’t have enough upper cabinet storage space, but he trusted my decision. I couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! We have plenty of storage throughout our kitchen, and the shelves provide such a decorative focal point in the space.

Here are a few kitchens that inspired me to go with the open shelving! Prepare for gorgeousness… 

Studio McGee


New Darlings

floating white shelves in white kitchen

Room for Tuesday

Two Peas and Their Pod

My Domaine

Crate and Barrel

Now you want opening shelving, right? I thought so.

White Kitchen with Open Shelving

Here’s how ours came together… (press play) 

A few tips for styling open shelves:

  • Find pieces you love and want to see everyday on your shelves.
  • Purchase extra items and return what you don’t use.
  • Vary the sizes and shapes of the items you choose.
  • Stacked books are always a good idea and help add varying height when needed.
  • Framed art is great for filling up blank space.
  • Use basic white plates, bowls and glasses for filler.
  • Always mix in plants, flowers or greenery to add texture.
  • Rearrange. Rearrange again.
  • Keep rearranging until you’re happy.
  • Stand back and admire your work. 🙂

Completely in love with this little black and white patterned canister I ordered from Jones Design Co! It’s no longer available in her shop, but I found it here for you.

open shelves in kitchen white

What do you think? If you were remodeling your kitchen, would you add open shelves?


Design/Styling  |   Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Photography  |  Rennai Hoefer
Cabinetry/Shelves  |  MasterBrand Cabinets

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August 25, 2017

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  1. Mimi says:

    I would absolutely use open shelves with kitchen design, given that I had plenty of other storage space to hide the less-than-pretty, but totally essential kitchen supplies.

  2. Bridget Mullen says:

    Where did you purchase the shelves

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