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HOH: The Charm and Simplicity of Kitchens With Open Shelving

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Happy Friday everyone!  This week's Head Over Heels spotlight is all about open shelving in kitchens!  I love the look of open shelving in a kitchen.  It has a comfortable 'lived in' sort of feel that makes a kitchen all the more home-y.
I know the whole open shelving idea isn't anything new to most people, but I have a fun little story to go along with this HOH post (after you get to oogle this gorgeous kitchen)....
A Country Farmhouse
My cousin Lou and his wife Heather emailed me earlier this week with exciting news... they are buying their first house!!!  Naturally, I was SUPER excited for them because of my obsession with homes and home makeovers.  They said the home is in need of some TLC and ran a few ideas by me since home decor and DIY-ing is our thing (thank you so much you guys, I love getting asking decor questions!).

Lou and Heather asked what my take was on open shelving in kitchens and if I could help sway them in one direction.  Obviously I am a huge fan of open shelving in kitchens!  We have some in our kitchen- which wasn't really by choice, there weren't any cabinets to begin with.  But I love the open shelving we have now!
I think one of the tricks to making the open shelves look chic is if your dishes and glasses match the color scheme of your kitchen. It will come off looking very intentional and well designed!  If you use hooks under for mugs it is super cute too!
If you are curious our dishes and glasses are from Target- I highly recommend, we have had for 2 years and none have broken, the quality is awesome & they are beautiful!

 Let's take a look at a variety of shelving ideas for Heather and Lou that I am totally Head Over Heels for!

 Here are some different styles of shelving and brackets ranging from industrial, to traditional, modern and contemporary.
Coco Cozy
Restoration House
House Beautiful

Fresh Home

Count It All Joy

Here are a few examples of simply removing cabinet doors and using the existing shelving.  This one is a great cost effective DIY project and the results are gorgeous!

Our Vintage Home Love- 
PS: I love how Diana used baskets in some of her shelves, this is a great way to store items that might not match the decor of your kitchen (aka Lou's pint glasses!)

Resolve 2 Worship

Simply Brookes

One last idea...
Doing a combination of open shelving and cabinets!  This way if you are on the fence you can have it both ways!
Beautiful Kitchens
The Lettered Cottage

Our Vintage Home Love-(the other side of Diana's kitchen)

One final thing to note on open shelving: If your kitchen is a little on the small side, open shelving will help to open up your space and make it feel larger!  Remember that first photo at the beginning of this post?  Would you have thought it used to look like a tiny boxed in space?  Check out these amazing before and afters!
A Country Farmhouse
Totally Head Over Heels for Trina's kitchen! 

Alright Heather and Lou... Are you getting pumped for a kitchen redo? I hope you feel inspired! Did you make up your minds about open shelving?  
What does everyone else think about open shelving in the kitchen?  Are you Head Over Heels as well?  Do you have any advice for Heather and Lou about their pending kitchen redo or as new homeowners?  Send us some comments!!!!