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5 Ways to Style Open Cabinets

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Jessica
03.04.14

Open cabinets (which just means cabinets without doors) have jumped from HGTV and Better, Homes and Gardens into homes across the United States. And while open cabinets are great in theory, they don’t always look so magazine-worthy in reality. Fear not! These tips will help your open cabinets stay picture-perfect without extra effort.

Here are five ways to keep your open cabinets charming and clutter-free:

1. Pose a Few Dishes

If you have a few plates to spare, line them vertically along the back wall. Then, don’t use them! These plates will give your cabinets a “staged” look that guests will admire. Tip: If you’re having trouble keeping them in place, consider using Velcro.

2. Hide Oddball Dishes Behind Closed Doors

No matter how beautiful your dishware is, a Denver Broncos collector plastic cup will ruin the look. Give your…shall we say…“visually disruptive” cups and dishes a special, hidden home (like a basket or cabinets below the counter).

3. Use Jars to Pretty-Up Food

Stop thinking of grains, sugar, beans and pasta as just food! Instead, think of them as décor pieces for your kitchen. These everyday food items look great in clear sealable jars.

4. Group Similar Items Together

Before placing anything on your shelves, group them by category and then assign a shelf to each category. First, organize broadly – plates and bowls in one place, glasses in another, food items all together.

Then go one step further with your food items. Place baked goods together, snacks together and breakfast items together, then put them in baskets.

5. Add Some Color

A little paint or wallpaper can be the difference between having “naked and exposed” cabinets instead of “interesting and unique” cabinets. Check out Paint: It’s Not Just for Walls for some inspiration. 

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