If you find yourself wondering how to make your kitchen feel larger without requiring additional square footage- break up your upper cabinets with open shelving! Not only does it create a fun place for styling, but it also gives your eye a visual break and makes the uppers feel less heavy. So naturally, we rounded up a few of the best spots to place them and why.
First up: Around a Window
With natural light so highly sought after, it’s important to maximize whatever window real estate your kitchen has. Bulky upper cabinets can box in your windows, blocking light from entering the space as fully as it could. Floating shelves, however, allow light to pour in through your windows into the space at all angles.
Second: Around the Range Hood
Those who spend a lot of time at the cook-top, it can also be less constricting spending time facing an airy area of shelves rather than having cabinetry at your eye level. It can also be very practical to have open shelving here for the convenience of being able to grab a spice, tool or other cooking essential quickly with one hand rather than having to fish through cabinets.If you like a sleek chimney hood, surrounding it with shelves can complete the look to make a true feature wall. This approach also leaves the hood visible from more angles.
Third: Above a Small Station
Sometimes all you need (or really want) is just a few short shelves to store the basics! What better place to hang these shelves than over a station in the kitchen, like a coffee station, snack bar or breakfast nook? They can hold a few cups and bowls for just the right dash of casual style.