Tips for Organizing Open Kitchen Shelves
Open kitchen shelves are an effective way to open up your kitchen while gaining more accessible storage space, making them an increasingly common option in the modern kitchen. However, choosing open shelves instead of closed cabinets makes it more challenging to simply stash dishes and other supplies out of sight. Read on to learn about open kitchen shelves done right, and how you can guarantee your kitchen will end up clean, stylish and practical.
Organize by Usefulness
Single Rows are Best
It’s easy to store multiple rows of stacked dishes in deep cupboards, but it’s almost impossible to do the same on more narrow open shelving—and it will look like a mess if you try. For open kitchen shelves, keep your rows singular, and stack upward for a more neat and organized look.
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Larger Items Work Better than Smaller Items
Avoid Too Many Different Colors
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Match (or Contrast) Dishes to Your Walls
Today’s trendy open kitchen shelves incorporate the background wall color in the design. Matching or contrasting colors can add eye-catching excitement to the space. In the example shown here, the warm wood shelves and checked napkin contrast the white wall, while the white dishes blend in with the background. If the shelf or dish colors clash with your walls, it may look ugly no matter how you try to organize it.