October 17, 2011

Open Shelving

One of the really great things about our home when we purchased it was that the kitchen had already recently been redone.  Since our home is our “30-year-home” it made great sense to us that we wouldn’t have to move in and re-do the kitchen…and then turn around and re-do it 30 years from now when we want to sell….because let’s face it, no matter how nice your kitchen is, in 30 years, it will be outdated.

However, that does mean that all of the beautiful inspiration that is out there in the kitchen department falls on blind eyes around here.  But that doesn’t keep me from lusting after some beautiful spaces that I wish I could have in my kitchen…perhaps I save these ideas in my head for my ‘beach house’…you know, that fake house that we will never have enough money to purchase but that I keep in the back of my head so that I can redecorate it at whim.  What.  You don’t do that?

My latest obsession is open shelving.  Perhaps it is an obsession because 1) I can’t do it in my own kitchen  and 2) it seems very impractical for my lifestyle (re: cluttered) and since I’m admittedly day dreaming I can day dream my way into believing something like this would actually work for me…(see: cluttered…also, dusty).  I also really appreciate that there are different ways to ‘do’ open shelving that can lend itself well to multiple styles.

While I often consider open shelving to skew a kitchen to the more traditional/slightly country feel, like in the ones below…

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…there are also many different open shelving options that can be quite modern…

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…and/or contemporary…

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…even minimalist, dare I say.

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So what are your thoughts on open shelving in kitchens?  Pretty but impractical?  Or lust-worthily form and function?

 

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2 Responses to “Open Shelving”

  1. Cory Ann Ellis Says:
    October 17th, 2011 at 11:43 am

    We installed open shelving about two years ago and still love it! It’s easy to find needed items with out searching through cramped cabinets. Ultimately it is more space than the traditional cabinets we had and it opened up the kitchen. I like to add specific colors at different times of the year to my white pallet to switch things up.

  2. Edith Says:
    November 2nd, 2011 at 8:36 am

    Wow! I was looking for some open shelving ideas and these are some really great examples.