The three things holding me back from adding open shelving to our kitchen

The open shelving in the kitchen trend seems to be in full swing and I am so on board. It makes a lot of much sense to me. Why not have your prettiest or most frequently used things out where you can see them? I suppose you do have to worry about dust, but I'm willing to do an extra load of dishes every once in a while as a trade off for the open shelf look.

One of my favorite things about open shelves is the versatility and the simplicity. It seems like such an easy DIY and they always look so cute! They also manage to fit into just about any decor style. I’ve seen them look minimal, glam, rustic, country, natural, modern, traditional…the list goes on. But with so many directions that open shelves can go I am a little bit lost as to where I want to go with mine.

I scouted out a place for open shelves in our kitchen before we even put an offer on our house, so I’ve got that part figured out. This big tiled space is absolutely begging to flaunt my glassware collection. The only other thing I have figured out is that I want to hang the shelves with visible brackets. I love the look of some floating shelves, but a lot of them end up looking a little bit thick or a more involved DIY than I am up for at the moment.

 
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So I guess I’m a little less lost than I thought. But I still have three things to figure out.

1. Bracket style and finish

I’m torn between a black or gold finish. The only con of gold is that it’s pretty trendy right now and who knows how quickly it could look dated. But I guess that would just be an excuse for me to change things up in the future. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

 I love these brackets from Rejuvenation. They come in four finishes. So simple but sooo stylish. I’m leaning towards the aged brass. For a set of two, these brackets are $159.

I love these brackets from Rejuvenation. They come in four finishes. So simple but sooo stylish. I’m leaning towards the aged brass. For a set of two, these brackets are $159.

 This budget option is almost perfect. For $12 a piece, these are a solid minimal but sleek option. And they are available in gold, which seems like a great finish to warm up our space, but I also really like the black finish.

This budget option is almost perfect. For $12 a piece, these are a solid minimal but sleek option. And they are available in gold, which seems like a great finish to warm up our space, but I also really like the black finish.

 These beauties are handmade with all reclaimed materials in Chicago! The $28 per bracket price tag is surprisingly affordable and money that goes to a small and sustainable company is money well spent. Plus they look great!

These beauties are handmade with all reclaimed materials in Chicago! The $28 per bracket price tag is surprisingly affordable and money that goes to a small and sustainable company is money well spent. Plus they look great!

2. Shelf finish

Light wood, dark wood or white? We know we will get some high quality lumber and DIY our shelves, but I’m not sure how we should stain them. I love all three looks so any way we can’t really go wrong.

 The all white shelves look so clean and tidy. I have a lot of colorful dishes that I want to display, so the white would be a good base for letting my dishes steal the show.

The all white shelves look so clean and tidy. I have a lot of colorful dishes that I want to display, so the white would be a good base for letting my dishes steal the show.

 Maybe its got something to do with all the greenery, but this look is so warm! Also this natural pine would tie in well with our light wood dining table on the other side of the kitchen. That could help some visual elements flow through our open concept house.

Maybe its got something to do with all the greenery, but this look is so warm! Also this natural pine would tie in well with our light wood dining table on the other side of the kitchen. That could help some visual elements flow through our open concept house.

 There is something about dark wood that looks high end to me. And against warm metal brackets?! Mmmmm that would be so luxe.

There is something about dark wood that looks high end to me. And against warm metal brackets?! Mmmmm that would be so luxe.

3. The logistics

How many shelves? Two? Three? How high should they be hung? These are all questions I have and would love to hear from you with any advice or tips and tricks!