Clearly, open shelving is the new trend in kitchen design. People are tearing down cabinets to make room for beautiful brackets and simple shelves.

I must admit I’ve been bit by the open shelving bug as well. I’m a huge fan! While I’m not in the position to renovate my kitchen at the moment. I’ve been stock pilling my ‘I decorate – Kitchens’ Pinterest board with loads of inspiring kitchens for the moment I’m ready for a kitchen makeover.

And, as much as I love the idea of open shelving in the kitchen, they can get very busy, unorganized, and even messy very quickly. Recently, I was contacted by the lovely folks over at Perdue. They have a new program called K.I.S.S. – Keep It Simply Stated. I thought it would be the perfect time to dig through my open shelving and kitchen inspiration photos to see how other folk keep their open shelving  simple, clean, and organize. Here are Ten Tips to keep your open shelving looking fabulous.

This kitchen has ME written all over it! Love the neutral gray background with pops of greens, oranges, and yellows. Tip One: While, nothing is specifically organized on these shelfs the display reads as organized because of the similar colors tones. Tip Two: I also love how this kitchen incorporating decorative items like the mini topiary trellis and artwork. It keeps the space feeling comfortable and more like home.

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I’m pretty sure I will never be this organized in my entire life. Though, my love of the color yellow has me drooling over this space. Tip Three: And while this isn’t open shelving in a kitchen it’s a clear example of how constancy in color keeps things very simple and and organized. Tip Four: I also love how this space takes advance of every free inch using the inside door as an idea place for spices and other bottled items.

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I love this collection of jars in this kitchen. Tip Five:  Having basic ingredients like flour, sugar, and frequently used spices in arms reach is a wonderful time saver when cooking and baking. Tip Six: Not only can you easily see where things are, and how much you have of a particular item, it’s also very visually appealing.

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This is another kitchen space where color is king. The molding and shelf color has me swooning! Tip Seven: Similarly grouped items on the open shelve keep things looking organized and accessible.

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I am a utensil freak when it comes to cooking. I use so many spoons, whisks, and spatulas just to make one simple cake. This collection is clearly for me! Tip Eight: I love how each category of item has it’s own little storage vessel. While I’ve attempted to recreate this in my own kitchen, I only have room for about two containers to things tend to get messy regardless of how hard I try.

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And last, but not least, I simply love this idea from Barefoot in the Kitchen. I, like many, have a love affair with cake plates, and this collection is gorgeous. Tip Nine: By removing two doors from a builders grade cabinet, adding some paint, and filling it with a beautiful collection, this set of open shelves becomes a work of art! Love that! Tip Ten: A beautiful collection of any similar items creates an eye appealing.

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Are you officially dreaming and planning on how to make your kitchen more organized and efficient, or where you can tear down some cabinets to make room for some open shelves?? I know I am! 

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