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What You Need to Know When Styling Open Shelves in The Kitchen

Bright kitchen with open shelves. Beautifully styled with white plates, colourful mugs, sugar bowl, plants and vase.

Image - Kate Spiers

Styling any empty space including open shelving can be an overwhelming task mostly because we are afraid we might make mistakes. I'm sure we will and that's the fun part! Learn to embrace your "styling mistakes" because they are unique just like you. I am someone who thinks there are no wrong ways of doing it as long as it makes you happy. However, if you are wondering what differentiates cohesive from not so put together looking shelf, there are a few tricks you could use to get that magazine-ready look. After implementing the following styling tips I'm sure you'll tell yourself at the end - Hey, I think I just became a designer! :)

6 Tips For Styling Open Shelves Like a Pro:

1. What goes on

You might find yourself staring at the empty shelf for a while and think - Now what? What do I actually get on there? Keep in mind, it's an open shelf and there is nothing to protect it from dust falling, faster than on the regular closed cabinets. You want to make sure you place only those items you use regularly. Dust won't stand a chance with your favourite mug when you're using it every morning.

2. What about the colour scheme?

Choose one or two colour schemes and stick with it. You will be surprised by the end result. There is nothing wrong with having it colourful either. In case you really like all the colours of the rainbow I would suggest to pick the pieces from the same collection family.