Whether wall-hung or freestanding, these great kitchen shelving solutions really make a statement. Let your kitchen shine with these stunning storage ideas. As well as allowing freedom of movement, cupboard-free walls create a feeling of light and space. Paint you shelving in the same colour as the walls so that they seemingly disappear into the background, or paint them in a contrasting colour so that they sing out. If you prefer a laid back style, opt for open shelves. Not only does it allow easy access to much-used items, it is also great for showing off stylish crockery, utensils and ceramics.
An open shelving unit is a great way to divide a kitchen-diner, and separate an eating area. Plus it makes an attractive display.
Change the look of your shelves in an instant by adding sliding doors. If you entertain frequently, why not make one side home to sparkling glassware and china, while keeping the other for relaxed everyday living? Living Space concept shelving system. Schmidt kitchens start at £6,500 including standard appliances.
Open shelving is suited to both classic and contemporary schemes – it can look fantastic in modern kitchens. Make it work hard by including accessories, such as a hanging rail, task lighting and utensil holders. Continue a shelf from another part of the kitchen to achieve a linear look. Kitchen by SieMatic. Prices start from £20,000.
Even tiny spaces are great areas for kitchen storage, and these minimal-style floating shelves make a cool feature.
Cute, country-style shelves look even more adorable with little hooks for tea cups. This adds to the display aspect as well as providing an excellent storage option.
In a busy family kitchen, storing crockery and cutlery in baskets is a great way to stay organised and still keep your space looking neat and tidy.
Add shelves that serve several purposes for extra storage. The underside can easily be adapted to have more than one function. Install task lighting, a slim display shelf or dedicated cubbyholes with glass containers for dry herbs and spices. Bespoke shelves from Sola Kitchens Frillen range start from £550.
There is a calm simplicity to these pantry shelves. Use three rows of shelves instead of wall cupboards to maximise kitchen storage, while keeping the shelves and the wall behind them white to make the most of the light. Keep shelf depths shallow if headroom is at a premium and mount on simple brackets for ease of fitting and added decorative interest. These shelves turn a corner and extend along the adjacent wall, making use of as much wall space as possible.
If your alcoves can’t accommodate a cabinet, open shelves are a practical way to still make use of the space. Create a feature of them by using a contrasting material – here the shelves have been cut in marble in keeping with the kitchen worktops, while providing a contrast to the ceramic metro tiles that line the walls.
Choose open shelving rather than cupboards in a walk-in kitchen pantry so you can keep everything visible and easily accessible. These dark grey shelves are supported on traditional brackets. Simple white wall panelling, fitted horizontally, and a classic Carrara marble cold shelf emphasise the traditional appeal of the practical pantry cupboard.
Why not keep your frequently used food packets, boxes and bottles where they are super-easy to get to? Paint shelves and the wall behind in a shade that stands out from the rest of the kitchen to make a feature of your food store. If you want to display larger items of bakeware, such as mixing bowls, to free up cupboards for other stuff, make sure both shelf and brackets are strong enough to support the weight.
If you have the space, consider creating a stylish kitchen pantry in the corner. Grouping similar items is not only practical but easy on the eye: here glassware and white ceramics rub shoulders, while baskets in all shapes and sizes provide additional organised storage. If you also want to keep food stored on open shelving, choose a darker spot if possible as most foods are best stowed away from direct sunlight.
This solid bleached-walnut kitchen larder cupboard has full-depth drawers, stepped shelving to maximise capacity and provide quick access, and packet racks inside the doors. It is, in effect, a kitchen dresser with full-height doors and the added advantage of keeping all things dust-free and hidden from view. Storage on this mighty scale means there shouldn’t be anything left cluttering up your worktops…
A much-loved classic, the walk-in kitchen pantry or larder offers versatile storage that’s equally suited to modern life. Keep shelves adjustable wherever possible to improve your storage capacity. Doing so will lessen the need to stack items one on top of the other too, which can make it harder to access items towards the back of shelves or in corners.
The classic storage solution for a kitchen is a simple shelving system, with different heights and depths for maximum flexibility. But this modern larder unit in laminate also features six fabulous drawers in different depths, all integrated behind floor-to-ceiling doors. Perfect for storing dry goods and any fresh fruit or veg that you wouldn’t want to keep in the fridge.
Kitchen shelving can be so much more than practical… choose an unusual design and it can become a decorative focal point in its own right. This ingenious shelving is not wall hung, but suspended from the ceiling by lengths of rope. The carefully placed storage jars do not to detract from the main attraction.
If you have room, a utility room or prep area with a small sink and storage can reduce the pressure on space in a main kitchen. Practical zones like this are invariably a little dull when it comes to decoration – but they don’t have to be. Just introducing one unusual material can transform the whole feel: in this case pendant lights and a sink in gleaming copper. Even the shelving has become a feature thanks to the oversized brackets.
John Lewis of Hungerford
Transform an ordinary crockery unit into a quirky display case by giving it a pretty frame. Simply paint to match your scheme, position on a worktop or wall and fill with your favourite pieces for instant impact.
A freestanding unit allows you to adjust storage as your needs change, plus you can take it with you if you move house. They’re ideal for dining areas, too. Look for dressers for different widths, shelving units or more quirky solutions, like this one featuring a clock.
If your alcoves can’t accommodate a cabinet, shelves are a practical way to fill the void. Match them to the wall colour for a seamless, unobtrusive look or create a feature with a contrasting material.
Modern box shelving can be used for a variety of storage. Position stacked wine bottles on lower levels and less frequently used items higher up. Why not use it in place of a dresser?
Similar table and shelving
Shelves that will hold crockery need sturdy supports, but they don’t have to be dull. Wooden brackets can be carved and stained to match. For character, try using recyled or reclaimed materials.
Even narrow shelves can make a big difference in a small kitchen, especially if you have reduced-depth base cabinetry and want to avoid creating a ‘corridor’ effect. Reflective materials, such as metal, hi-gloss and glass, help to bounce light around a compact space.
Painting or wallpapering behind open shelving will help to highlight the display and the shelves themselves. If you’re using reclaimed materials, leaving brackets and fixtures on will give a sense of their industrial past.
Reclaimed timber shelves
Create impact with a long continuous shelf if you don’t need wall cabinets. Display similar items, such as different sized prints and family photographs or a crockery collection. It also works in a dining area.
Antique shelving will add a sense of heritage to a country-style kitchen, so scour Ebay and antiques fairs for unusual solutions. Mount near a tea point for easy storage of frequently used crockery – just be sure it is strong enough before loading it up.
A single wall-mounted shelving unit is a simple and convenient option for smaller kitchens, and is a great way to fill an empty wall whilst displaying much-loved kitchenware. For country kitchens, opt for a painted vintage-style design.
Use mixed materials to complement your shelving. Here, marble worktops, stone floor tiles and metal bar stools and shelf brackets bring a hard-working utilitarian feel to this kitchen while the retro-style, black-grouted white metro tiles perfectly offset the smooth wooden shelves.
The plate rack is a classic staple of the country kitchen, but why not update the look with a more contemporary design? In this oak-lined version, plates rub shoulders with cookery books and storage jars.
Dale Penney Furniture
Treat your shelving unit like a feature wall and use bold, bright colour to let it sing out in a room. Alternate squares of colour can be used to compartmentalise a unit whilst creating an attractive backdrop for plates and crockery.
For keen cooks, having everything to hand in the food prep corner is essential. Open shelves, then, are a brilliant option. These are made from reclaimed freight-train wagon boards to give a unique look.
Paint shelving in the same colour as kitchen walls to create a seamless feature that draws attention to displayed homewares and colourful accents. Proving that black doesn’t have to look gloomy, white ceramics against dark walls can be really striking.
If your sink doesn’t look over the garden, the space above it can be put to practical use by installing neat but stylish shelving. Perfect for chic modern schemes, this plate rack is crafted in solid walnut with chrome brackets and bevelled detailing.
Wall-mounted plate rack
McCarron & Co
For a natural and rustic look, use raw, wooden shelving against un-plastered walls. Pairing with smart brass, smooth enamel and fresh white ceramics will contrast the rough, textured walls.