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Open Kitchen Shelving Ideas That Work

When done right, open kitchen shelving is a storage approach that's both visually attractive and highly functional—favorite pieces and tools are elevated to display status, and everything is within easy reach. When done wrong, an open storage plan can quickly make for a cluttered mess. The trick is all in the clever use of space. Here, six kitchens with open shelving solutions that work.

In the Bernier Residence, vintage kettles and a wide-ranging assortment of pots and pans sit above kitchen cabinets from IKEA. The brightly colored pieces are balanced by the cool blue wall and stainless steel backplash. Industrial shelving brings order and utility. (Formerly a restaurant, punk rock night club, and furniture warehouse, the Berniers’ loft in Chinatown is anything but boring.)

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