One of the most complimented areas of my house are my kitchen shelves. I even got described as the “queen of styling kitchen shelves” on my instagram last week, which is a pretty high accolade if you ask me, but I’ll take it!
I would honestly love to have more open shelving in our kitchen, but with a relatively small space, lots of our cupboards are crammed full. Plus it’d probably result in spending far too much money on replacing everything with pretty dinner sets and expensive glassware.
The open shelves are probably the first thing you’ll see when you walk into our kitchen. They’re directly opposite the door, above the largest section of worktop we have. I honestly couldn’t recommend my open shelving more; I think cabinets would have made the space a lot darker and feel closed off. I’m forever faffing around with them and changing things up, but I have a few things I stick to on styling kitchen shelves that I thought I’d share with you today.
Pretty but practical
This is something I stick to in all the rooms in our house. We live in a modest, three bedroom semi, and sometimes it feels like we’re bursting at the seams. As much as I’d love a huge space to display only our most treasured possessions, we simply don’t have the room. So I try my best to make all our spaces practically as well as looking cute (have you read my tips on creating a pretty and practical kids room?)
So a lot of the things on my shelves are things I use everyday, but I’ve invested in pieces I love. Like this Anabella pot from Habitat; I bloody love that colour combo, but it’s also a huge thing so I can keep loads of utensils in. I also use my Lene Bjerre mug everyday too; it’s a nice big size, and I can microwave it, which I often need looking after a toddler! Consider the things you use often and keep those on the lower shelves.
I mean, this is a motto for every surface in my home, so this one is a given. I find hanging plants like an ivy or pothos particularly effective on my shelves, but I’ve added a little faux flower for some colour too.
Stack it up
I like to some depth and height to the shelves by stacking bowls and cups. Although I don’t recommend doing this with your best china if they don’t feel steady!
Pick a colour theme
Mine have become a bit more mis-matched recently as I’ve added some colour in, but I think having a colour theme really works there. Whether that’s neutrals mixed in with wood, metals mixed in with pops of colour, whatever. Most of my things are difficult colours but all have that muted earthenware look, so fit in nicely with one another. Try to evenly distribute the colour or pattern amongst more neutral pieces to give it a cohesive look.
Don’t be afraid of artwork
I know, I said it had to be practical, but not every last inch needs to be! I love adding artwork onto here, and it doesn’t have to be kitchen themed either. Have a bit of fun with it!
Lets face it, there are some really attractive cookbooks out there perfect for styling kitchen shelves. Stack some of your most-loved on for some added functionality, and add cups or bowls on top to create some more height.
Prop things up
I don’t have any on mine, mostly because I smashed my beautiful pink marble chopping board, *sob*! But a couple layered chopping boards or a rattan tray are perfect for adding a bit of colour or warmth to a kitchen shelf. It’ll draw your eyes back too, giving the impression of a larger space.