As you may have guessed, this topic is so popular we just couldn’t fit all the ideas into one blog. So continuing on from last week’s article 7 Inspiring Ways to Use Open Shelves, we’re taking a look at how open shelving works in other areas of design as well.
1. Tall Stacked Shelves
This works best in a large kitchen that can afford the decorative space in addition to pantry storage. In designs that allow full depth shelving, it would be possible to leave out the bottom-most shelves and utilize the space for a stool or an island cart to tuck into!
2. Shelf units and cubbies
3. Center Island
This is where your creativity really gets to shine! The island is the hub, the focal point and the command station for those who have the benefit of having one in their kitchen. So get your pencils out and step your design up a notch by using open shelving and layered surfaces to make a grand statement!
Take another look at how we created this:
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4. Bar and Beverage Centers
Below, we see contrasting looks of style for open shelvings.
Adding a decorative edge molding is a simple installation that gives the look of floating shelves a detail that’s more traditional and furniture-inspired:
Whereas a more contemporary or modern style is reflected when the shelving is minimal in detail:
6. Bookcases and Hutches
A standard in preconfigured options, bookcases have a great deal of flexibility to allow you to alter their look for both storage and display space.
6. Desk or Office
7. Entryway and Boot Bench
What better way is there to keep a family organized than with dedicated storage right next to the door? With open shelves, you can organize by subjects, like mittens or umbrellas, by adding tasteful baskets or fabric boxes, while adding interest to the decor.
So, there you have it! 7 more ways to break out of the mold with open shelving. The crazy thing is, our doubled-up list barely even scratches the surface! A quick Google search will show you that the only limit with open shelving is your imagination. (I searched on Houzz under kitchen photos, and received over 600,000 results!!) So take some time to save your favs from our articles and search for ideas of your own too! (I save my pics into folders by style for streamlining the conversation and presenting to clients. (Contemporary, Modern, Transitional, Traditional, Rustic, Farmhouse, etc.) )
Do you have other great sources for designing with open shelving? Articles you’ve read? Extraordinary designs? If so, please share via links in the comments below and spark a conversation in our community!