Squeezing kitchen essentials (okay fine, and non-essentials) into closed cabinets and drawers is often trying enough. And for some, the addition of open shelving feels entirely off the table. But we’re here to tell you otherwise. These well-dressed kitchens will inspire you to put your proudest cookware on display and protest clutter once and for all.
When modern-glam style meets rustic charm, you end up with a kitchen that’s just as welcoming as it is striking. It also helps when the room’s floating wood shelves are dressed to perfection. See the full reveal on the interiors blog Bigger Than The Three of Us.
Handmade black and white tiles inject plenty of character into this spunky kitchen, and also highlight the white floating shelves. The shelves were colour-matched to the walls, allowing all the pretty dishware to take centre stage. Learn how designer Emily Henderson uplifted this space here.
We’re wild about designer Justina Blakeney’s nature-infused boho kitchen. The reclaimed wood floating shelves are only second to the glossy emerald green backsplash and copper accents. Want more? Check out the rest of the lively space on her popular lifestyle blog, The Jungalow.
Only true masters of their craft can make a muted, mostly white space stand out against the rest. But Scott McGillivray made it happen thanks to this kitchen’s abundance of open shelving. The black brackets and artful accents on display add tons of character.
At first glance, it’s easy to mistake this colourful cooking space for a charming local bakery. With a large open pantry ideal for storing ingredients and bakeware, this kitchen is a chef’s ultimate happy place. Tour the entire space here!
NYC-based interior design firm Threshold Interiors fashioned this bright and modern kitchen. The wooden floating shelves cleverly installed between two cabinets lend a vintage note and keep the space from looking too clinical.
Stuck with a teeny tiny kitchen? Instead of going all out with open shelving, take it from Scott McGillivray and tread lightly. Opt for closed upper cabinets with a built-in display case to show off a few prized pieces.
Design firm Threshold Interiors transformed an old textile warehouse into a striking loft that features reclaimed materials throughout. The genius addition of mirrors placed behind the open shelving helps bounce light around and creates the illusion of more space.
The husband-and-wife team behind the gorgeous photography website We Are The Brauns gave their dated kitchen a much-needed overhaul. The result? A bright and airy space with a stylish black accent wall. The wood shelves were a budget find, as were the IKEA brackets that the couple spray-painted gold. See here for the full reveal!
Short on storage space? Take after this farmhouse chic eating area designed by Bryan Baeumler and opt for open shelves with built-in hooks, perfect for hanging mugs and other kitchen essentials.
This neutral masterpiece spotted on Leave it to Bryan proves how a subdued palette can still stand out. The kitchen’s wide open shelves displaying sculptural dishware offer an artistic touch.
Another Fixer Upper kitchen dressed to impress. We’re loving the compact open shelves, which reinforce the room’s rustic look without taking away from other statement elements like the navy blue cabinets.
Using the exposed brick as her jumping-off point, designer Danielle Bryk built on this kitchen’s earthy vibe with slender rustic shelves and other nature-inspired accessories.
Everything about this kitchen spells luxury. The Property Brothers used the same high-end stone on the walls, countertops and floating shelves to create a uniform look that calls attention to the leafy green outdoors.