How To Make Open Shelving Work For You

When I showed you our kitchen here, I talked about switching from kitchen cupboards to open shelving. I love the look of open shelves, when styled with the right pieces and maintained in the perfect done/undone manner. I’m not going to lie, I feel a bit nervous about whether it’s the right move to make. What if it’s a “trend” that I’ll regret in a couple of years? What if it is a major no-no if it came to reselling our home? Basically, things that are part of a bigger (not so important in the grand scheme of life) picture.

I’ve been trialling the storage for a while now, and I’m pretty sure I’ve got that nailed. What will go where. What is ugly and needs to be hidden in a cupboard. Which things can be on display (copper saucepans, that’s you). So, I’m fairly certain I can make it work, I just need to take the final plunge and DO IT. Here are the decisions I’ve toyed with.

Clean lines or artistically cluttered?

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Open shelving can work for modern kitchens and those with more of a country vibe. I’m feeling a bit of a balance between the two. I love everything to be tidy and “in it’s place”, but I also love the little touches of greenery that give it a bit of character.

Decorative versus functional?

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Ok yes, you could argue that both of these are pretty decorative in comparison to the average home. But the image on the right (Lauren Conrads’ beautiful home, no less), shows the open shelving being used in a way more functional manner than the left hand side. I love both, but for me, the space is going to have to be functional. LC is giving me massive inspo for creating something decorative and functional all at the same time.

Brand new or recycled

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I mean, this isn’t even a question in my mind, I have my heart set on recycled. The only problem is, I’m finding it really difficult to track down any wood! I’m after old scaffold boards, and pallets (for another project) so hit a gal up if you know where I can get my hands on some!

Photo credits 1 // 2 // 3 // 4 // 5 // 6

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