Kitchen Storage: Open Shelving

For most people, kitchen storage can be a real problem. I wouldn't say I have a particularly small kitchen and I definitely wouldn't say that I have unhealthy amounts of cooking paraphernalia but, for some reason I am bursting at the seams.

One solution that is becoming increasingly popular in homes is open shelving. People are shunning the usual wall cabinets for shelves as they create the feeling of space and also offer flexible storage options. I have picked out some of my favourite looks below to hopefully inspire you if you are looking for new ways to streamline and order your kitchen space.

This shelving unit was made using reclaimed wood and industrial piping - cheap and so effective! Just need to figure out how the hell they did it because I want this in my home...

Open shelving in this kitchen creates a place to display vintage crockery and trays


Raw wood adds texture and warmth to a white kitchen. Love that crockery too!

Storage jars, neatly labelled, not only look great on open shelves but they also make things easier to fond when you are cooking up a storm in the kitchen

Here are some home buys I have found on the highstreet to help recreate this look and get organised!



  1. Industrial storage unit, £459 - Not on the Highstreet
  2. Denby storage jar, £16.20 - Debenhams
  3. Decorative Wedgewood tray, £60 - John Lewis
  4. Chalkboard jar labels, £3.50 - Lakeland
  5. Storage jar, £25 - The Conran Shop
  6. Gorgeous dinnerware by Marimekko, from £20 - Heal's

If you are looking for great shelves, Ikea have the best I have seen on the market and by far the cheapest.

Do you have open shelving in your kitchen? Any favourites here?

H x

14 comments:

  1. I love the look of open shelves in other people's homes. But it's the dust factor that would worry me - I'm not keen on the idea of having to regularly dust everything! (open shelves caked in dusty items are not so appealing a look). #loveyourhome

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  2. You are so right - I have open shelving and it is a bit of a pain when it comes to dust and also grease seems to settle (obv too close to the cooker!). But it looks so pretty... dilemmas!!

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  3. I've with Fresh Design Blog. I love open shelving, just not in my own home. They look absolutely amazing but are so impractical for my clean freak tendencies. I do have one shelf in the kitchen but it's more for 'stuff' than pretty things.

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  4. Love all of these, especially the industrial style one at the start. Great inspiration!

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  5. Love all of these suggestions, particularly the raw wood and industrial shelving. Just wish I had the guts to do this at home - I'm too scared of all the cleaning required! Thanks for joining in! #loveyourhome

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