We want to expose a trend we’ve seen in kitchens everywhere that we’re particularly fascinated by. And we say “expose” for a reason, because we’re talking about exposed kitchen shelving.
You may gasp at the thought of such a concept, as you are thankful for a solid cabinet’s ability to hide unorganized and stacked mugs, mismatched plastic cups and culinary disorder in general. So to think about exposing such horrors seems unimaginable to you.
But hear us out! This design trend has the potential to look clean, simple and just down-right gorgeous. We’ve seen this trend take form in many design styles, and have been admiring each and every one for quite some time. For one, it forces a homeowner to maintain a certain level of simplicity and order in their dishware and overall kitchen inventory. We also happen to admire the minimalist style it evokes. The exposed structure opens up the space in a kitchen significantly, and is a wonderful solution for otherwise crowded or short-on-square-footage areas within a home.
The other good news about open shelving is that you can utilize alternative storage areas to hide away the less-than-attractive, but necessary kitchen items. We’re talking flashy coffee tumblers and obnoxious blenders. So get creative with the other space, and consider cutting back on your overall inventory if you discover a lot of items you don’t use as much.
If you still need some convincing in this area, take a look at these open shelving looks and maybe you’ll change your mind! We certainly can’t deny the inspirational and persuasive power of these photos. And really, why have beautiful dishware and kitchen accessories if you can’t show them off at all times?!
via Decor Pad // Desire to Inspire
via DeVOL // Homedit
via Studio M
via Oh Joy! // Hello Yellow
via House of Jade Interiors // The Hive
via Better Homes and Garden // Emily Henderson
via Simple Home Design Ideas
via Apartment Therapy
via Red // The Jungalow
via Apartment Therapy // The Kitchn
via One King’s Lane // Hally’s London
Are you convinced yet?
If so, you might consider making your own open shelving! It looks good in the kitchen, living room, bedroom — well, every room in the home. And the process isn’t as difficult as you might think! We also happen to think it’s more cost-effective than most traditional cabinets. So if you find yourself with some down time now, tackle this immediately. Or save it for a rainy day!
HEADER PHOTO COURTESY OF: One Kings Lane