In an earlier article, we explored whether we might want to Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets lose some upper kitchen cabinets, and many of you were ready to replace a few with open shelving. But now what? Perhaps you installed open shelves but can’t quite seem to get the right mix of items that make them functional and attractive. The heights of things look odd, colors are clashing or you can’t reach your barware when you desperately need a cocktail. There is only one rule when it comes to arranging open shelves, and that’s to keep futzing and rearranging until you have a system that works for you and pleases your eye. I hope Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets some of these suggestions will help. "You don’t have to go for open shelves everywhere. This kitchen has what I call “open shelves lite.” This is a great way to get your feet wet. There are just two open shelves in here, but the way they break up the cabinets helps open the room significantly. Open shelves play nice with cabinets. Holst Brothers General ContractorsPlace the things you use every day on open shelves. This means that the important things are within reach when you’re bleary-eyed in the morning and rushing to get dinner ready in the evening. And open shelves are especially helpful for guests. In this guesthouse kitchen, the designer wanted to keep everything not only close at hand but visible to visitors so they wouldn’t have Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets to search through cabinets.
Keep those everyday items within easy reach. This is especially important if you’re petite. Bowls, plates and mugs should be within easy reach, while less-frequently used items like vases are higher. The lantern here adds a decorative touch that plays off the dark tones in the kitchen. Shelby Wood DesignHowever, not everything on your shelves has to be used every day. Have some fun mixing in some of your favorite objects. The cow butter dish and owl sculpture break up the china and add personality to this arrangement. Also worth Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets noting in this photo is that open shelves free up wall space for layering interesting lighting in the kitchen. allee architecture + design, llcStick with all white. This idea is so simple that it’s tempting to call it “Open Shelf Arranging for Dummies.” This is the easiest way to make all sorts of objects Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets look cohesive and uncluttered. Chances are, if you’re an all-white everyday china kind of person, you’re a good candidate for open shelves. allee architecture + design, llcA closer look at the previous kitchen: White subway tile works well as a background for white china. The wood of the floating shelves adds warm contrast that keeps things from getting lost in a sea of white. Whitstable Island InteriorsLikewise, stick with clear glass. This is another easy way to get a cohesive look. In this cottage kitchen, the once-dark Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets and modestly sized room was transformed by white paint and open shelving.
A bonus to displaying clear glass is that it reflects light and makes the room even brighter. Lucy McLinticKeep a simple color palette. If you’d like to move beyond all white and all clear glass, stick with a limited color palette and play around. Notice how the darker objects on these shelves don’t line up vertically, helping to create a balanced composition. Also worth noting: You could draw a horizontal line across the tops of Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets the objects and most of the stacks would be close to it.CapeRace Cultural AdventuresConversely, use open shelves to add color to an all-white kitchen. If you’re more of a Fiestaware kind of person, an all-white kitchen could leave you feeling washed out. Open shelves mean versatility. It’s simple to add scads of cheery hues via colorful bowls, teakettles, mugs and other accessories.Alys DesignAccept that some shelves might be more decorative than functional. In this sweet cottage kitchen, the shelves extend close to the ceiling to draw the eye up and give the wall a balanced composition. However, it’s simply not practical to have to pull out a stepladder every day for access. Instead, a vintage picnic basket and boxes fill the space with objects that add to the sweet country feeling. Kathleen Bost Architecture + DesignAlong those lines, add Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets art to the kitchen via open shelves. The system seen here is brilliant: The lower shelves blend right in with the backsplash, allowing the unique suspended walnut shelf to stand out as an architectural feature. The height makes it just right for displaying sculptures and Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets framed artwork. Garde HvalsoeUse open shelves in places other than upper cabinet territory. Open shelves aren’t limited to the walls where upper cabinets would hang. The pottery and china here add beauty and texture in an unexpected spot.
Use open shelves across a window. A lot of folks would rather have the light from large expanses of windows in the kitchen, but they also need a lot of storage space. Running open Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets shelves lets you have your cake and eat it too.
Add sides. If you prefer a more traditional look and floating shelves are too modern for your taste, think about sides. Architect Dillon Kyle took a more traditional approach with Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets these open shelves. Because they have sides, they have more of a classic cupboard look. The vertical boards behind them also lend a traditional feel.Morningstar Stone & TileYour turn: Are you finding arranging your open shelves tricky? Please post a photo so the Houzz community can try to help. Or, if Made to Order Kitchen Cabinets you’ve mastered it, we’d love to see a photo of that as well — please add your tips for open-shelf arranging in the Comments."