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How to Make Open Shelving Work for You

02/25/2015 09:09 am ET | Updated Apr 27, 2015

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photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT
basic instinct
Not a fan of vibrant colors in the kitchen? Mixed materials can pair together in effortless harmony.

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photography by SIMON UPTON

light approach
A colorful light installation can instantly brighten up any space - minus the hassle of committing to a wall paint.

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photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

platform cues
In an all-white space, opt for a set of colorful floating shelves and pair them down with contrasting dishware for an added effect.

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photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

all shades on deck
Proudly display your most colorful kitchen gear - stick to a select number of hues to keep the look cohesive.

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photography by DAVID MEREDITH

nature's calling
Earthy tones and fresh greens add an instant touch of life. Brighten up bland shelves with a rustic bowl filled with fresh fruits and goods!

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photography by KENNETH KOCHEY

in focus
Dual-tone shelves create the illusion of added depth, in an otherwise cramped space. A soft color for the backdrop spotlights the accented details of the dishware.

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photography by DAVID MEREDITH

sunny side up
Sprinkle in a vibrant touch of color, in the form of accessories and small appliances, to liven up the space's aesthetic.

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photography by CARTER BERG

the party shelf
Entertaining decor often tends to be the most visually-appealing one. A mix of party props, photo snapshots, and dessert recipe books give these shelves a light-hearted feel.

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photography by JASON PENNEY

blues rule
That unique dish collection you can't help but show off? Play it up in a shelving unit that borrows from a dominating chard from the set.

Use a vibrant accent in a complementary tone for the perfect contrast piece.

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photography by DAVID MEREDITH

the food does the talking
Open shelves aren't just for the dishes. Keep your culinary necessities at hand and display items with creative packaging.