3 ways to style open kitchen shelves

3 ways to style an open kitchen shelves

When I was planning our kitchen, my first port of call for inspiration was obviously Pinterest (see my kitchen inspiration board here), and I soon realised all the images catching my eye had one thing in common – open kitchen shelves. They were also a perfect option for us as we wanted to turn a dark, gloomy kitchen into a bright and open one and open shelving would really help with that.

It is fun to play around with the different ways to style open shelves, as it can have quite a big impact on the overall feel of the room.

Here are my 3 different style options for your kitchen shelves


This is a really popular way to style up your shelves, allowing easy access to the things you use the most….and your guests will love it as they’ll be able to find what they need without opening ten cupboard doors! Keep the colour palette simple for a refined look, or mix it up to add a bit of colour and interest.

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An open pantry

Try displaying your store cupboard items in jars and glass containers. Not only do they look pretty, but you will be able to see what you have, and access them quickly and easily – great for when you are not sure what to make for dinner.

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 A tea and coffee point

Bring together all the items needed for a cup of tea and coffee in one place. If you are like me, you’ll be making your way to this area of the kitchen more than a couple of times a day so it is handy to have it all out and ready. I like to store my teabags and coffee beans in glass jars so you can see what you have, and I have a selection of tea/coffee making instruments which make for an eclectic display.

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  1. Zoe Martin
    April 19, 2017 / 9:01 am

    Love these shelves! Can I ask where you bought them?

    • greeneyed
      April 20, 2017 / 8:14 pm

      Hi Zoe, the kitchen joiner made them bespoke for the kitchen. I’m sure you could get some similar made by a local carpenter – they are just extra chunky floating shelves. Good luck!
      Claire x

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