Open Shelving in the Kitchen

I'm sure if you've seen Fixer Upper you've seen the episode with Chip and Joanna fixing up a midcentury modern home.  This was the first home that they stepped out of their comfort zone and didn't do shiplap.  I think Chip and Joanna are cute, and even Brad enjoys the show, but I do love it when they don't use shiplap.  It's so refreshing to see something new from them.  They redid a midcentury modern home, yet kept the feel of that era, while also keeping it practical and current for todays homeowners.  What struck me in the home that they redid was the brass and glass open shelving in the kitchen.  The moment I saw that, and knew that millions of others had too, I had a feeling that that style of shelving for the kitchen would soon become mainstream in many other kitchens around the US.  

midcentury modern on fixer upper

midcentury modern on fixer upper

Of course Chip and Joanna weren't the first to install these shelves.  Many of these kitchens with the open shelves remind me of a Parisian kitchen.  

Could this kitchen have any more character?!!!  between the greenhouse ceiling, the hood that mimics the shape of the ceiling and The shelves that are asking for some sweet treats to grace its perch

Could this kitchen have any more character?!!!  between the greenhouse ceiling, the hood that mimics the shape of the ceiling and The shelves that are asking for some sweet treats to grace its perch

I am loving this brass hood

I am loving this brass hood

although a restaurant, This look could be found in any home and look amazing 

although a restaurant, This look could be found in any home and look amazing 

Of course brass plays a large part in this style of shelving, but also matte black.  One of my favorite examples of this is designer, Lauren Liess' own kitchen.  Well the kitchen she had till she sold in Fall of 2015.  

how lucky are those new homeowners?

how lucky are those new homeowners?

suspended hanging shelves workin' it in a narrow kitchen

suspended hanging shelves workin' it in a narrow kitchen

i love the mix of a saarinen tulip talbe with wishbone chairs, via greige design

i love the mix of a saarinen tulip talbe with wishbone chairs, via greige design

Glass shelves are clearly, see what I did there?  Wait, is that even funny?  Let's pretend it is.  So glass shelves provide an airy open feel so when you're tight on space and need that extra storage space this would be the only time I could think to "block" a window.  So you're getting storage, still getting sunlight, and it looks good. 

If you're looking for an easy, instant way to achieve this look Pottery Barn has a beautiful shelf that would look great in many spaces. 

Not quite perfect for the kitchen, but perfect in many other settings, via restoration hardware  

Not quite perfect for the kitchen, but perfect in many other settings, via restoration hardware

 

Thanks so much for reading!

Tucker