You love the look of open shelving, but attempting it yourself feels a tad overwhelming. (Wait, what are you supposed to do with all those mismatched plastic novelty cups?) But don’t give up just yet. Here’s how to style open shelves in an Insta-worthy way that won’t drive you totally bonkers.
8 Secrets to Styling Open Shelves
AKA how to master the art of the shelfie
Show Off Dry Goods
Instead of tucking away your rice and pasta, keep them in large glass jars that showcase their diverse colors and textures (hi, red lentil beans). And who knows? Seeing everything on display might even make you more inclined to cook.
Divide The Space
Tension rods inside a fixed shelf create slots for corralling and separating dishes, making it easier to grab a plate when you need one.
Let Your Backsplash Do The Work
Number one rule of a beautiful backsplash: If you’ve got it, flaunt it. By staggering shelves around those tiles you paid an arm and a leg for, you’ll be able to better see the pretty design.
Consider A Contrast
Have cool white walls? Add an element of warmth--say, rich walnut or mahogany shelving--to make your kitchen feel extra inviting. Bonus points if the wood matches your flooring.
Be Scary Organized
Symmetry, symmetry, symmetry. And also, glassware.
Focus On Your Cookbooks
Stock your shelves with mouthwatering cookbooks for serious design and cooking inspo. It’s also a great way to add some color if the other things you’re showcasing are mostly white or glass.
Don't Forget Accessories
Tasteful trinkets--like a copper cocktail shaker or a kitschy figurine--are always welcome.
Who says shelves have to be high up? Display your nicest cookware underneath an island or cart for a unique take on the whole open-shelving concept. People will wonder where you went to design school (it’s cool to go along with it).