Incorporate Open Shelves Between Kitchen Cabinets
One of the most popular design trends in recent years is to incorporate open shelves between kitchen cabinets. A lot of people assume that adding open shelves to their kitchen means that they have to add a ton of shelves or completely replace all of their kitchen cabinets with shelving. But that’s simply or not true or very practical. Adding a few small, strategically placed shelves will make a significant impact on the look and function of your kitchen. Here are eight simple ideas for incorporating open shelves between kitchen cabinets in your home.
Keep it In Reach
Installing open shelving just above your stove or cooking area is a great way to keep the most-used items within reach. You can use it to store spices, cooking utensils, cookbooks, potholders, or anything else you need to be able to grab quickly while cooking.
If you are using your open shelves for dishes, then be sure not to overload them. A good rule is to only stack items in groups of three. For example, stack three plates, three bowls, and three mugs next to each other to keep the shelf functional, but still looking organized and clutter-free.
Your open shelves between kitchen cabinets can do double duty if you add hooks on the bottom. Plates and bowls go on the shelf surface, while mugs are hung below.
Live on the Edge
Using reclaimed or stained wood to create open shelves between kitchen cabinets is perfect for kitchens with a rustic or farmhouse aesthetic. Consider taking a look a step further by using live-edge shelves. These shelves are slabs of wood where some of the tree bark is still visible along the edges. They will cost you more than basic wood shelving but will truly ramp up the rustic feel of your kitchen.
Consider the Corners
Most people will run open shelving along an entire wall and stop it at the corners. Instead, consider creating a right angle along the adjacent walls to take advantage of the corner space. It’s a perfect spot for microwaves and other less attractive kitchen gadgets.
Solve the No-pantry Problem
If you have a spare wall in your kitchen but no pantry, then turn the wall into an open shelf pantry. The high visibility will help you know exactly what you have on hand at all times. But you’ll also need to be extra diligent about keeping it organized and free from clutter since it is so visible.
Reclaim Above-the-Sink Space
In most traditional kitchen layouts, there’s a smaller cabinet installed directly above the sink. To make better use of the space, remove that cabinet and replace it with open shelving instead. This area is an ideal storage space for dish detergent, sponges, dish towels, and anything you don’t mind being exposed to humidity from the sink. In fact, the humidity makes it the perfect location for a few houseplants.
Enjoy an Easy Enhancement
The easiest way to achieve an open-shelf look is to remove the front doors and hinges from any existing cabinets. You just need a screwdriver and a little elbow grease, and voila! Instant open shelves. Consider painting the interior of any of the cabinets you transform into shelves to add a bit of wow-factor to your kitchen décor.
If you want to learn more about using open shelves between kitchen cabinets, or you’re ready to upgrade your kitchen or bathroom, then contact Special Additions. We’re one of the largest and most reputable cabinetry dealers in the New Jersey/New York Area. We’ve been family owned and operated since we opened our doors in 1978 and we look forward to serving you.