Kitchen Cabinets Unhinged! 8 Clever Open-Shelf Designs

By Sharon Johnson


All it takes is one scroll through these fabulous high-end kitchens to realize that there are big changes afoot in kitchen design. Whereas architects and designers once favored long runs of closed cabinets that lent a library feel to the kitchen, now all bets—not to mention doors—are off, and the contents of the cabinets have become part of the decor. It is no longer about concealing our possessions, but rather displaying them proudly. A certain organization is required to make open-shelving design work, but the end result is relaxed, a bit edgy, and well worth the effort.

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Triple Decker

Two columns of shelves add balance, symmetry, and a whole lot of storage options. The shelves are spaced far enough apart to accommodate tall glass jars perfect for storing pasta, rice, and grains, but still close enough together to give the shelves the visual presentation of a cohesive whole. A neat trick is to start the column of shelves at least 18 inches off the countertop, allowing room to tuck the blender and mixer out of the way.

by Traci Kearns

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