Our need for storage is seemingly endless, especially in the kitchen. And, when it comes to storage in the kitchen, we cannot overemphasize the importance of open shelving. Open shelves are chic, stylish, and most importantly help keep the kitchen appear airy and spacious. However, knowing how to style your kitchen shelves so that they are practical as well as visually appealing might be tricky. Unless, of course, you know the 5 secrets of styling open kitchen shelves like a pro! Read on to know what they are:
1. Arrange Practically
Before you jumpstart styling the shelves, you need to take down all the items (cause clutter can affect your creative thinking). Now, start arranging the pieces, addressing one shelf at a time. Remember, your kitchen is the workhorse of the house, so you need all of your most-used things at your arm’s reach. Begin by placing those on the lowermost shelf and the least used items on the topmost shelf.
2. Organize Aesthetically
Stacking too many items together can make open shelves look cluttered. So, create symmetry by placing similar items together. Think of filling one shelf with just mugs, arranged in a straight line and glasses on another shelf. Also, remember to give the eyes a place to rest by leaving enough space between groups.
3. Add Linen
One of the disadvantages of keeping dinnerware on open shelves is the risk of them slipping off. Add linens to your kitchen shelves to prevent them from falling. Plus, they bring in a beautiful and soft look to your kitchen.
4. Include Cookbooks and Accessories
The kitchen is primarily a functional space. But think of dedicating an open shelf to neatly organized cookbooks, so you never lack cooking inspiration. The books will add color and will be easy to reach when needed. Also, find a few artful accessories to display by leaning them on the shelves behind your dishes.
5. Add Greenery
Nothing breathes life into a space like a touch of greenery. Placing a couple of plants can transform the whole space, lending texture and a pop of color to your kitchen. Think of adding plants that are visually appealing like a succulent, for instance. You can also add fresh flowers to amp up the appeal, not to mention add a pleasant fragrance!