One substantial piece of freestanding furniture may provide enough centralized storage to let you free up wall space above your appliances, creating an airier look in your kitchen. An antique hutch like the one pictured here offers the best of both worlds—space to display your china collection and hidden storage for less decorative items.
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Best suited to organized minimalists who own coordinated or matching dishes, open shelving can help create an accessible kitchen atmosphere. Be sure shelves are securely hung—the last thing you want is to have to replace a whole set of broken dishes.
Shelves with Baskets
If you're organized, but your dishes aren't necessarily all worthy of display, open shelving is still an option. Use baskets to organize any items that might be an eyesore, along with foodstuffs that you want to keep handy but hidden.
Frosted Glass Fronts
If you aren't ready to commit to maintaining attractively organized shelves, an open shelving system outfitted with frosted glass sliding doors will let you get by with a little clutter. While some sections will be on display, plenty can remain artfully hidden.
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Sliding Door Pantry
A sturdy door lets you take advantage of the handiness of open shelving without having to worry about chaos or order. Here, a common door is replaced with a sliding barn-style door that will command attention whether open or closed.
Repurpose thoroughly cleaned metal storage cabinets and tool chests to give your kitchen a decidedly industrial feel. If you need more storage space, complete the look with open shelving and galvanized baskets.
Mix and Match
A collection of varied vintage wooden and metal boxes can be combined to create an unusual array of "cabinets" that pairs well with an otherwise understated kitchen. Containers of similar proportions help to pull this look off.
A clean and modern look in the kitchen is pretty common, but laser-cut steel doors aren't the usual way the look is achieved. If you go the steel-cut route, we recommend a simple pattern so your cabinets don't appear too trendy.
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