Open shelves are all the rage right now in kitchen design. Flip through the pages of any magazine or peruse the interior design hashtag (#interiordesign) on Instagram and you will see this trend displayed over and over again. There is a slew of different aesthetic directions you can go with open shelving, from farmhouse chic and industrial to modern and sleek. A lot of what drives the finished look of open shelves is the thickness of the shelf, the length of the shelf, the contents styled atop the shelves and the supports.
Shelf supports can set the style and aesthetic flair of the kitchen, so choosing the right option for your space is important. Like all things, brackets and supports can come in an abundance of styles and price points, so figuring out which direction to go for your kitchen can be a bit overwhelming. Use the following tips and pointers to guide you through the process and even making shelving fun.
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Utilizing Industrial Pipes to Liven Up Your Kitchen Shelving
People are utilizing plumbing pipes to create cool furniture-like pieces throughout the home and now this trend is migrating into the kitchen. Not only are these plumbing pipes securely supporting the open shelving, but they create a cool and unique visual interest on the back wall of this kitchen.
One of the great things about this approach is the DIY (do it yourself) possibilities of a concept like this. Plumbing pipe, in various finishes, can be bought and custom cut from local hardware stores (e.g., Home Depot, Lowes) making it relatively simple to incorporate this concept into your own space.Continue to 3 of 4 below.
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These cool brackets over on the Chris Loves Julia blog have some fun detailing they brought to the open shelves. The brackets are from BlueStone Shelves and they are only $14.69 which just goes to show you cool does not always equal expensive.Continue to 4 of 4 below.
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Consider Having Brackets Custom Made
These floating shelves in the basement look beautiful when in use; they lip on to the front of the shelf, but these were also recessed into the backsplash which upped the cool factor of this concept. The lead designer on this project, Melissa Nagle, told us that these brackets were from Etsy and were made by a family-owned company out of North Carolina called Blue Ridge Metal Works.
Open shelves can add a lot of interest to a kitchen but support those shelves with the right bracket and you have instantly taken your shelving and your kitchen to a whole new level of custom and cool.