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Open shelving has been trending big time on Pinterest, popping up in the most stylish homes, lending them a fresh, airy feel.

A time and space-saving solution in one (no cupboards needed), it’s not only an easy way to provide storage where there is none, but has the added bonus of creating a perching post for your most curatable kitchen accessories.

Want to rock the look in your own kitchen? Harness our Interior Panel’s know-how…

Which colourways work best?
“Pick a colour you wish to highlight in the room and use this as your starting point. Often it works to combine that shade with a complementary colour and some black and white. In any event, keep it simple. Too many colours mean the end result will not be as effective.” – Louisa Penn, Louisa Penn Interiors

How can you curate your shelves and what are you tips for displaying things?
“If you are going to display food stuffs make sure they are very neat, tidy and ordered. Also don’t underestimate the care involved in making something look casually put together – it’s not as easy as it seems!” – Nicole Salvesen, Salvesen Graham

“Open shelving is ideal for displaying crockery but is also an opportunity to display interesting bottles of exotic oils, vinegars and chutneys. Make sure that you have a range of heights on the shelves – for example, a cluster of three bottles next to a long, low herb trough. Avoid displaying generic food items as these are not that interesting to look at and will make your shelves look messy.” – Louisa Penn, Louisa Penn Interiors

What materials work best?
“A simple backdrop is the best for dressing open shelves. This could be plain tiles, or if the shelves are going in an alcove, introduce some drama and depth with a block of a fun, bold colour.” – Louisa Penn, Louisa Penn Interiors

“In a rustic-style kitchen a plain wooden finish is great but it’s also a good idea to treat at least the underside with a matte marine varnish so it can be cleaned when it inevitably gets greasy. The same would be the case with the painted finish – take advice from your decorator but err on the side of caution and use something more along the lines of an eggshell shade (which is also available in more matte finishes rather than shiny) for cleaning purposes.” – Nicole Salvesen, Salvesen Graham


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