Open shelving in the kitchen

By Michelle Kelly | 01 Jun 2010
kitchen-by-Brooklyn-Home-Company-by-Emily-Gilbert-via-remodelista

I know, I’ve earlier promised that I’m not one for design trends. But here’s one I’m totally on board with. The internet is chock full at the moment of photos featuring open shelves in the kitchen.

I think the reason that I’m such a fan of this look is that I collect vintage glass wear—50s-era Fire King mainly—and loathe to hide it behind closed doors where it won’t be appreciated. But there’s a more practical reason for my preference as well: At my cottage, we take a very “mi casa, su casa” approach to hosting guests, preferring them to rummage around in the cupboards looking for what they need themselves rather than us doing it for them.  Open shelves make finding, say, a martini glass or a chip bowl so much easier. One more way to make the cottage a casual, easy-going place. Need more convincing? Check your wallet. Shelves are cheap to buy and install, unlike more traditional covered cupboards. I like Ikea’s Lack shelves for a clean look, but you could also have some fun using bracket-mounting systems, changing up the colours for a funkier feel.

 
 
 

Kitchen designed by Brooklyn Home Company, shot by Emily Gilbert (via remodelista)

Kitchen designed by Brooklyn Home Company, shot by Emily Gilbert (via remodelista)