Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Exposed kitchen storage







More and more I am seeing exposed kitchen storage. Which I love - so much fun to show off all of your wonderful dishes even if you are not using them! Easy to access and makes a great layered display.  Of course I like the pieces with all of the cream and white dishes as well as the French pieces.

What do you think? Yes or no?

images via capital kitchen, Emersonmade, alice and me, willows home and garden, capital kitchen and arcobaleno
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25 comments:

La Maison Fou said...

I am going to redo my kitchen and definately open storage will be on the menu. I particularly like the last photo.
I think the casualness is nice against a fine cabinet or dishware.
L.

Splendid Sass said...

I love the open kitchens. These a beautiful kitchens!
Teresa

Jacqueline said...

Love the look...in photos! If one cooks in one's kitchen, open shelving means a lot of dishwashing!

Robyn said...

OH MY! Those kitchens are just GORGEOUS! I'm just swooning over that last one....it's FABULOUS! Converting a few of our most used cabinets to open shelving was the BEST design decision I've ever made. I STILL love it everyday! He's the link if you'd like to see... and my cabinets are a charcoal black (called Beluga) and the island is dove grey (called French Silver) http://whimages.blogspot.com/2010/02/our-painted-black-cabinet-reveal.html

A Perfect Gray said...

loved the look of the fourth one!

Eleni said...

I love open storage but I don't dare cause I'm afraid it will not stay clean for a long time (you know, dust, odours etc). How all those people with open storage manage to keep it looking nice? I'd love to find a way so I can make one of my own one day!

Mrs. Sutton said...

I LOVE open storage - it's such a modern rustic look. All of my kitchens have had open shelving - particularly as I have an obsession with cream and white crockery, which pulls the look together. lovely images! xx

Tina Steele Lindsey said...

I love it and when it isn't too much, and fairly monochromatic. These are great images! Nice!

Renee@Modus Operandi Designs said...

I just recently took out a row of upper cabinets in my kitchen and did open shelving and I LOVE IT.
It's surprisingly low maintenance and looks amazing.

Breanna and Matt said...

I love it! We're remodeling our house right now (www.thecottagegray.com) and the kitchen is up next on the list! I def want to do open shelves!

Just Verte said...

While some open storage can be both convenient and attractive, a few of the pictures look like they're of kitchen supply shops...too much of too much.

I'm with one of the bloggers above - how does one keep all this spotless?

But that's just me...being a practical Virgo!

Jane Flanagan said...

I love the look and have some exposed shelves myself. Based on my experience, I would only open shelf display those dishes you use (and therefore wash) frequently. Otherwise, things get a sticky kitchen layer on them. If I was building a kitchen, I would have a mix of open, behind glass (for display) and closed shelves.

Acquired Objects said...

I love the look and idea behind exposed kitchen shelves but the dust and grease. In my experience the grease is the number one problem since it gets everywhere...if you cook. But it looks wonderful!

victorianinbloom said...

Hi, could you please indicate the source of the last picture? I would love to see more of that kitchen

Things That Inspire said...

No, definitely no. I am too messy, and I simply don't like the look! My design team tried to talk me into it in one area of our kitchen, but I held firm.

la habitación de Pandora said...

I especially like the cuisine of the third image. The area of storage is great with this beautiful loza . Greetings

Aoife.Troxel said...

Yes, definitely yes! I love exposed storage, and you have picked some great and pretty examples.

josephine said...

I adore open shelves! I love seeing all the lovely dishes and cups and bowls I've collected. The whole display makes me so happy :)

lisaroyhandbags said...

I love the look of open storage and think a small display is so pretty. I wouldn't want all of my dishes and glassware on open shelves or they'd be dusty and slightly greasy anytime you reach for a glass.

kimberly at mimicharmante said...

if I had such a gorgeous collection of dishes and dinnerware, I would LOVE having it all exposed - it is stunning!
xx

Lissa @ After Adornment said...

I'm a Yes!!! I love this look especially with all white dishes.

Christina @ greige and My Sparrow said...

WOW- who knew it was such a great subject! I think it is perfect for dishes that you use often... I don't cook much so I don't know about getting the kitchen greasy.. (sad huh)

Victorian in bloom- the last picture is from arcobaleno. (Any other pictures that you are looking for sources on they are all listed in order at the bottom of the post).

Thank you all so much for your wonderful comments I always appriciate them!

Christina

Sarah's Fab Day said...

I say YES! I just did a post about this very dilemma in my own home.

Dovecote Decor said...

I love my china collections, so I love to see them, but not my pantry! Pretty post.
Best,
Liz

Dans på roser said...

This is gorgeous!

wow-wow-wow.....