Open floor plans and open shelves have made a comeback in today’s design world. Seems we like the idea of living in open spaces, unencumbered by walls and doors. While this look may not be for everyone, I thought I’d share open shelving ideas from a few friends, along with ideas from my own house. You’ll also get ideas on how to style open shelves.
If you visit my blog, you’ve probably seen my farmhouse sideboard with a simple pair of painted shelves from Michael’s overhead. I didn’t want to add a closed cupboard overhead since there’s a built-in cupboard to the left. To keep styling simple, I hung large white mugs from hooks and placed just a few items on the shelf. My flour and sugar canisters are there within handy reach for baking.
Kristen at Ella Claire added open shelving to a blank wall in her kitchen. I love the large jars that organize sundry items. The canisters are useful and are an easy way to style the shelves.
Cami at Tidbits shares a great kitchen solution for those of you who don’t have a window over your kitchen sink or have an empty space between cabinets. Add a shelf with hooks for hanging frequently used utensils. I love this idea! So practical, and it looks great too.
Above the stove in my farmhouse kitchen, I added a single shelf with favorite pieces from my white ironstone collection. I didn’t want to add closed cupboards on this wall because they would’ve blocked part of the kitchen windows. The shelf seemed like the perfect solution.
Don’t have space for open shelving in your kitchen? Beth at Home Stories A to Z simply removed cupboard doors in her kitchen to create open shelves. They’re beautifully styled with a mix of baskets, glassware, and white dishes.
Courtney at French Country Cottage shares the same idea in her white kitchen. If you decide you don’t like the look later on, simply replace the cupboard door.
April at Burst of Beautiful created open shelves for an office area in her kitchen.
Open shelving ideas don’t have to be limited to the kitchen. Lolly Jane added a wall of open shelves in her dining room.
Jenn at My Fabuless Life also incorporates open shelving in her dining room. In addition to favorite items on the shelf, she added a few hanging pieces on the wall.
If you’d like to add open shelving in your home, Kellie at Nest of Posies shows how to make farmhouse shelves. She added them to a corner of her living room. To style them, she added books and farmhouse decor.
Do you have open shelving in your home? If so, how do you like to style them?