Amazon expert tips for styling open shelving in kitchens

When it comes to kitchen design trends, open shelving is here to stay. This involves either removing cabinet doors or installing shelving to display dishes, glasses, etc., while helping to achieve a more open and airy look. But the challenge is figuring out exactly what to put in that open space.

Luckily, Amazon’s design experts have some tips for styling open shelving so it looks Instagram-ready instead of a messy hodgepodge. And while you don’t need anything new to take their advice, we’ve found a few stylish items you’ll be happy to show off.

First, organize the items according to their convenience. While your grandmother’s tea heirloom is probably worth showing off, Amazon’s design experts recommend placing your everyday essentials in the easiest-to-reach places, while keeping serving utensils, the less used cookbooks and fancy glassware further away or at the top.

Then use the levels to create visual interest. If you have an impressive collection of plates from your travels around the world, it’s best to move the pieces to different areas instead of dedicating them to a single shelf. Mixing pieces of different heights, sizes, and textures on the same surface will actually be more visually appealing and give a layered, well-assembled look to that main corner of your cooking space. Just make sure it looks well balanced and not too cluttered.


Mix in some unexpected bits. Who says open shelves in your kitchen are just for dishes and wine glasses? Show your personality by bringing plants, artwork, and beautiful trinkets to create a one-of-a-kind vignette.

Finally, organize the objects into groups. While we now know not to place all the same types of glassware in a line, design experts also recommend stacking multiple plates and grouping glassware instead of using prime real estate for a piece at a time. It will look more cohesive and help you get the most out of your storage space.

Do you feel inspired? We have selected beautiful products to help you spruce up your open shelf. Scroll down to check them out, or head here for even more design ideas from Amazon.

Le Tauci Pasta Bowls, Set of 4

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Consider this your excuse to finally freshen up your daily dishes. We love these highly rated pasta bowls, not just for their gorgeous color but for their versatility; they’re great for noodles, soups, ice cream and more. Plus, they’re even oven safe.


Xun Colorful Fruit Art Prints

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These fun and festive 8″ x 10″ art prints are just the thing to brighten up your open shelves. Display them at different levels within the same frame for a balanced look.


Menu salt and pepper mills, set of 2

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With sleek brass and walnut bronzed steel construction, salt and pepper mills have never looked so sexy. This set will bring a nice contrast to the shelves of an all-white kitchen or will complete the design of a more industrial kitchen.


Bar menu: 100+ cocktail drink recipes

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Books can help break up the monotony of glass and ceramics, so why not display one that’s sure to inspire many a happy hour? This new book by beverage expert André Darlington is sure to be in rotation when it comes out this fall.


Deco 79 Contemporary Metal Amphora Vase

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A few flowers might be enough to put the finishing touch on your open shelves. We love this textured option that comes in a variety of sizes for all sorts of shelving situations.


Sicilian cold pressed extra virgin olive oil Zahara

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Store your most valuable everyday items in easy-to-reach areas of your shelves for better presentation and more efficient cooking. A bottle of prized extra virgin olive oil is just the thing to fill an awkward gap between the morsels or showcase your favorite find from a recent Mediterranean getaway.