20 Kitchens With Perfect Open Shelves

When closed-off top cabinets just won't do.

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Roger Davies

If you'd been renovating your kitchen just a few years ago, wall-mounted cabinets that lived above your countertops would have been a forgone conclusion. But today, open shelves have become a sort of decorator's standard. Maybe it's the trend towards eliminating clutter—thank you Marie Kondo—or maybe it's an overall leaning towards simplicity. Either way: We're into it. Ahead are 20 kitchens of varying decor styles (modern, rustic, vintage, traditional), all making open shelving work wonders.

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Douglas Friedman
Glass and GOld

In this Cape Cod cottage, the small kitchen's custom-made cabinetry is painted in , and the walls are in , both by Farrow & Ball; glass open shelves on gold brackets display vintage dishes. The countertops are butcher block, the sink fittings are by and the Wedgewood stove is antique.

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Wood Cubbies

In this all-white kitchen, wood cubbies are installed on top of white cabinets for an added dimension of storage.

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Tim Williams
Wood With Rails

Floating wooden shelves are consistent with the clean lines and minimalist style in this Colorado butler's pantry designed by .

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Paul Dyer
Floating and Built-in

Opt for easy-access to kitchenware with open shelving, as seen in this contemporary and compact butler's pantry designed by .

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Wood on Tile

In Athena Calderone's kitchen, open shelves of reclaimed wood line the walls, contrasting basaltina lava stone countertop and black cabinets with leather handles.

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Gray on Shiplap

This bright and airy cottage-style space designed by features simple floating shelves that serve both form and function. In a minimalist, uncluttered kitchen, shelving can be elevated with decorative touches, like plants or cookbooks

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Douglas Friedman
White on White

In Marisa Tomei's home, the small kitchen is outfitted with built-in floating shelves that make use of a slim zone beside the fridge that might be otherwise wasted. The range is by , the dishwasher is by and the flooring is cork.

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Cyrill Matter
Custom Simplicity

The country home of the Kasliwal family—owners of the legendary Indian jewelry house —is in a converted cowshed on the outskirts of Jaipur. In the kitchen, the custom cabinetry was made by a local artisan; brass urns hold wheat, rice, and other grains.

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Chaunte Vaughn
Wood and Brass Border

The highlight of the Brazilian-inspired kitchen in the Bucket List family's Hawaii home are the bold green cabinets, which the family chose to complement with a subdued backsplash and a border of warm wooden shelves mounted on simple brass brackets.

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Nicole Cohen
Grid XO Tiles, Floating Shelves

"I love the XO relief tiles that create the white backsplash," Christene Barberich says of her New York City home. "They’re just fun because you might not notice the pattern until you’re up close." Atop of the subtle tiles are floating shelves, one wood, one white, stocked with oft-used spices, oils, and salts.

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Amy Braswell
Small and Baby Blue

Baby blue cabinets, floating shelves and tin tile backsplash look all the more soft and serene next to a marigold range in this space by .

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Marble Floating Shelves

In Aimee Song's kitchen in Los Angeles, three-inch marble countertops—most are one-inch—are echoed in shelves.

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William Waldron
All White

In this cool kitchen by ,books and other accessories are styled between dishes for an eclectic touch.

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Roger Davies
Citron Shelves

Sophia Amoruso's kitchen makes a statement with a wall of floating shelves painted in a cheery citron tone.

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Alyssa Rosenheck
Light Wood

Malibu-based interior designer Taylor Ogle transformed the kitchen in her parents' Norman-style house on Washington’s Bainbridge Island into a contemporary space that's full of character. Highlights include open shelving in a light wood tone and floor-to-ceiling glossed white tiles.

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Grey Crawford
Glass Over Windows

Brick walls offer a cozy backdrop in a kitchen from ; in order to maximize storage space without blocking the light from a window, transparent glass shelves were mounted right over.

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Skinny White Shelf

A single slim white shelf runs the length of one wall in this zen kitchen.

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Annie Garner
White, Green Tile, Wood

In this cool space by Maren Baker Design, white floating shelves sit atop an extended backsplash of green subway tiles, all contrasting nicely with oak butcher block countertops.

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Björn Wallander
Black on Black

In this modernist San Miguel de Allende home, black open shelves match a charred wood center island.

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Two Wood Rows

Chic wood shelves and white ceramics offer up an immaculate, healthy ambience in this space from .

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