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26 Kitchen Open Shelves Ideas

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Did you ever find yourself rummaging through cupboard after cupboard, looking for that favorite cereal bowl, the one you misplaced a week ago? Ever feel bothered by having your hands wander in dim light? Or trying to avoid the ten other plates you never use but still keep around? Ever stepped inside your kitchen and felt like you just set foot in an elevator? If so, remodeling and installing kitchen open shelves will solve all these issues. An open shelf kitchen is way better as it allows you better organization and benefits.

Benefits of an open shelf kitchen 

Having an open shelf kitchen can really impact your experience positively. It helps you organise things and keep everything under control. By reading this you might realize that all these benefits were right under your nose. You just could not see them. Check them out, maybe they will convince you to have a kitchen like that. Let the kitchen shelf ideas begin!

More Natural Light

Overhead cupboards can be aesthetic, but they can also block a good amount of natural light from entering your kitchen. By either taking them apart and using the materials for open storage shelves or by simply purchasing new shelves altogether, you can open a whole new dimension and give your kitchen a healthier, brighter tone.

More Space

If your kitchen is not spacious to begin with, you might have noticed that all those cabinets and cupboards only add to the claustrophobia feeling you’re experiencing whenever you’re trying to cook dinner or just place some bread in the toaster. With open kitchen shelving you get rid of those extra inches of wood that turn your kitchen into a man-sized box.

Keeping Better Track Of Your Dishes

Perhaps some of your dishware deserves to be in the spotlight, not hidden away behind closed doors. Why not let others admire it also? However, if you don’t feel like dusting very often, simply remove the clutter and only keep the dishes you intend to use. By doing so, you’ll create even more room in your kitchen.

Saving on Time

The last thing you want while still drowsy from the night’s sleep is to fumble around for your breakfast dishes. Especially if time is important and it can’t be wasted for trivial searches. With kitchen open shelves, everything you might need is right there in plain sight, just waiting for you to grab it.

Kitchen shelf ideas

As you saw, many are the benefits of kitchen shelves. They can really be handy and can make your life easier. Do you want to see some kitchen shelf ideas for your own place? Say no more. Below you will find some shelf ideas for your kitchen that will change the way you look at them. While you are looking, bare in mind the aforementioned benefits. 

Having kitchen shelves that go well with the rest of the kitchen is key. Examine carefully the elements of each case and determine which one could fit your needs. But, no more other words. Check below these exclusive kitchen shelf ideas. 

Photo By: Sarah Wilson / Getty Images via HGTV

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Kithen Open Shelves 3Image: our vintage home love

white kitchen with open shelves design idea

Idea: Brittany York

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Image: BHG

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Source: Amie Wietzman via Design Sponge

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Image: Alvhem

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Photo: dougelissa

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Image:  Magnolia Homes

gray Kitchen Open Shelves Idea

Picture: Belgian Pearls

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Image: herz-allerliebst

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Source: veranda interiors

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Image: Peter Murdock for Marcia Butler Interior Design

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Idea: Olivier Koning

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Image: big cottage

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Photo: BHG

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Image: Country Living

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Source: lonny

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Image: Photography by NOSHE  I  Interior Design by DREIMETA

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Idea:  Douglas Gibb via Her Indoors

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Image:  Photography by Laura Moss; styling by Gina Provenzano for HGTV

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Picture: Sarah Sherman Samuel/ Smitten Studio via Yahoo

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Image: The Design Files

white kitchen surface

Idea: Cortney Bishop

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Image: Douglas Friedman for InStyle

wood shelves

Picture: © Earl Carter Architects: O’Connor and Houle Architecture

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Image: man tager hva man haver

white tiles in kitchen

Source: Lykke Lise

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Images: © Ioanna Roufopoulou

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Melina Divani

Melina Divani is the owner and creator of Decoholic.org. Interior Design is her infinite passion without stop. Follow Melina on Instagram

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    Susana Reynolds

    Thanks Melina!!!! You have chosen 26 kitchens which are all very good!!

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    A great assortment of ideas to help organize a kitchen

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    Thank you so much for collecting all these pictures of kitchen open shelving! I got a lot of good ideas from them.

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    Somchai Peerapat

    hey Melina, Thanks for sharing this worth hack for a kitchen. Gonna try one.
    Thumb up!

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