Design with Open Shelves
There's always a place to put collectibles when you fill the walls with open shelving. It becomes a revolving display that reflects your life--where you've been and what is important to you.
Ribbed Glass Hides Clutter
Ribbed-glass cabinet fronts show off colorful objects inside and give the kitchen extra dimension.
Display on Glass Shelves
Placing glass shelves across a window is clearly a good idea for displaying colored glass or growing potted plants. Inexpensive and easy to install, nonwarping glass is an ideal material for shelving in high-moisture areas, such as above a sink or tub. Use glass shelves in glass-front cabinets, too. You can install one or two lights in the cabinet's interior and light the entire display.
Tired of small appliances cluttering your countertops? Maybe it's time to give them a garage of their very own. This one tucks under a standard wall cabinet behind doors studded and scored with pulls to look like apothecary drawers. When open, the doors put the appliances within easy reach and free up another foot of the counter's depth. Appliances plug into a pair of outlets inside the garage, keeping power cords corralled near the back of the counter.
Add Time-Worn Character
By mixing antiques with modern pieces you'll get a look of time-worn character and gentle evolution. The trick is to choose pieces made of the same material. Here, a fancy old wood chair is upholstered in classic black and white check to bring it up to date. The checks echo the larger checkerboard on the floor. A primitive antique wood shelving piece hangs on the wall. Though the remaining furniture is made of wood, it's strictly modern. The blend is not only comfortable, it's packed with personal style.
Light from Below
Not all dramatic lighting comes from above. Low-voltage strip lights in the toe-kick space around this island add sparkle to oak flooring day and night.
Make the Most of Counterspace
To avoid kitchen counter clutter, do away with bulky canisters by storing dry bulky staples in built-in storage bins at the back of a deep counter. Here a bank of Plexiglas storage bins span the length of a 6-foot countertop. Housed in a maple frame, the six 11x6x6-inch airtight Plexiglas bins slide in and out to put flour, grains, and pasta within arm's length. Besides serving as great looking storage, the bins suit another purpose: The top of the maple framework forms a convenient shelf for 20 often-used spice jars.