When it comes to decorating your kitchen, accessorizing open shelving is one of the most difficult tasks to complete. Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or moving into a home with an open concept kitchen, styling your open shelving in a beautiful and functional way is easier said than done. That’s why we’re sharing tips and tricks that make kitchen shelves both easy to use and Pinterest-worthy.
Instead of aimlessly piling your shelves with the entire kitchen cabinet, Emerie Forehand, interior designer at Decorist, explains the elements that create a seriously polished kitchen aesthetic. “Function is the key to your open shelving,” Forehand said. “I like to use things they use every day, like their plates, glasses and coffee mugs, that way they’re easier to grab and unload from their dishwasher.”
After placing the dishes on the shelves, Forehand suggests using decorative fillers, like potted fresh herbs like mint and rosemary to add greenery (and flavor to your kitchen), tea and mixing bowls. To play with layers and heights, Forehand recommends stacking cookbooks, leaning wooden cutting boards behind bowls, and filling white space with art prints, vintage kitchen utensils or sculptures. As for products to avoid putting on your shelves, Forehand warns against placing kitchen gadgets, small appliances, and any plastic on open shelves.
If your shelves are looking a little dull, Amazon has a hidden style guide to help you choose the right pieces for your kitchen. There are hundreds of essentials listed in the storefront, but we’ve picked our 12 favorite kitchen must-haves based on Forehand’s pro suggestions. Keep reading to buy them below. And did we mention that prices start at just $8?
12 Amazon Open Shelving Essentials
- Corelle 18-Piece Dinnerware Set, $58
- Amazon Basics Stemless Wine Glasses, $18
- Famiware Star Four-Piece Coffee Mug Set, $29 with coupon (was $32)
- Y YHY pasta bowls, set of six, $40
- Gorilla Grip Granite Mortar and Pestle Set, $24 (was $30)
- Le Creuset Stoneware Planter, $29 with coupon (was $30)
- Karryoung Acacia Wood Cutting Board, $16 (was $18)
- Half Baked Harvest Every Day Cookbook by Tiegan Gerard, $19 (was $30)
- Kolesarl Female Form Face Vase, $35
- Xun Colorful Fruit Art Print, $11 with coupon (was $13)
- Aidea Acacia Wood Serving Bowl, $40
- Nopro salt and pepper shaker, $8 (was $17)
Corelle 18 Piece Dinnerware Set
To kick off the kitchen decor, it’s always a good idea to start by storing your dinnerware sets. In busy or colorful kitchens, Forehand recommends using a white set to provide a new balance. This 18-piece dinnerware set includes six dinner plates, six appetizer plates, and six cereal bowls made from shatter-resistant triple-layered glass.
Amazon Basics Stemless Wine Glasses
Also, be sure to add your favorite wine glasses to the mix. This stemless wine glass set is perfect for everyday sipping as they are dishwasher safe. And it’s a total steal with each glass priced at just $4.49 each.
Set of four Famiware Star coffee mugs
Subtle yet refined, this handcrafted coffee mug set features stripes and an ombré glaze for a light texture. They are microwave and dishwasher safe. Plus, they’re stackable to save valuable kitchen space.
Y YHY Set of 6 Pasta Bowls
Pasta bowls are enjoying a resurgence in kitchens because you can serve just about anything in them. This six-piece porcelain enamel set is particularly useful in cramped kitchens, as you can simply remove side plates and cereal bowls.
Gorilla Grip Granite Mortar and Pestle Set
“A gray mortar and pestle always looks chic,” Forehand said. And this one is made from 100% granite to provide a durable base for crushing nuts and seeds. Simply place it towards the front of the kitchen shelves where it will be easily accessible.
Le Creuset Stoneware Planter
Following Forehand’s idea of decorating open shelves with potted herbs, we found herb planters from none other than iconic French cuisine brand Le Creuset. The sandstone planter comes with a drainage hole and a tray to properly aerate the herbs. And you can choose from several amazing colors.
Karryoung Acacia Wood Cutting Board
If you search the internet for open shelving ideas, you’ll likely find a wooden cutting board or two. This is because it warms up white backgrounds and adds height. Plus, it’s a tool you’ll likely use on a regular basis. Grab this one which is just $16 and comes with a long handle for easy portability.
Half Baked Harvest Every Day Cookbook by Tiegan Gerard
Decorate a cookbook or two on your open shelves to add character and weekday recipe ideas. The best-selling cookbook “Half Baked Harvest Every Day” says it all in the title – it’s an everyday meal-elevating cookbook that everyone is sure to love.
Kolesarl Female Form Face Vase
Why not add a sculpture and some greenery in the same place? This vase that features the lower face and hands of a woman is the eye-catching piece your kitchen is missing. And since it’s white, you can easily pair it with seasonal flowers and branches of any color.
Xun Colorful Fruit Art Print
If your shelves need a pop of color, consider this set of three art prints. Featuring a vibrant orange, lemon and pear, the abstract prints will brighten up any kitchen, no matter the decor style. You can buy them now for just $11.
Aidea Acacia Wood Serving Bowl
This serving bowl is as stylish as it is useful, and it will look great on any open shelf. It is crafted from water and stain resistant solid acacia wood. Just be sure to hand wash it to ensure its longevity.
Salt and pepper shaker Nopro
Forehand is a fan of vintage kitchen tools to decorate open shelves, and we agree. This retro-inspired tin-plated steel salt and pepper shaker set is an easy way to dress up shelves and make cooking fun. And it’s only $8 right now.