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As we are preparing to begin our kitchen remodel, I find myself drawn toward the idea of open shelving. Most likely not in place of all upper cabinets, but I would like to use open shelves someplace in the kitchen. Rationally, I know this may not be the best idea for a real, live family. Our kitchen is not always beautifully styled and clutter-free. Far from it, in fact. I have two small children which means plastic “Thomas the Train” bowls and brightly colored plastic cups. But, with a combination of open shelving and some solid door upper cabinets, I am hoping to achieve the the open look that I love while maintaining some hiding places for unsightly necessities.
For me, one challenge of this look is avoiding a “country” feel. Our style tends to be more transitional than country cottage. So, while I love the color scheme below, the shelves hanging from the ceiling are not quite to my taste.
Image courtesy of SouthernLiving.com
Again, I love the color scheme below, but these hanging glass shelves feel a little too industrial to me.
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After reviewing many, many examples of open shelving I have determined that I prefer “floating” shelves to any sort of bracket. One risk, however, is creating a kitchen that feels too modern for our home. The photo below is gorgeous but a little too sleek for a home built in 1929.
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The two images below are as close as I have come to finding the right style of shelves for our space. If only they were painted in the same color scheme as the photo from Southern Living, above . . . I think that would be just right.
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Image courtesy of dougelissa.blogspot.ca