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Kitchen Shelving Trend and Iron Brackets

iron%20bracket.jpgNow that kitchen shelving is getting more popular, I also seem to be doing more of it! It adds such warmth and personality to spaces. It is a great look to mix both decorative AND useful items on shelving, that's really the beauty of it. Books, and salt/pepper shakers. Dishes and antique bowls. Vases and oil/vinegar botlles. Of course, closed baskets also look great on shelves, adding texture, but not dust!

I've lived with open shelving for my dishes and glasses now for a few years, and I have to say we love it. The dishes and glasses are used so frequently that there isn't time to accummulate dust. Some glasses which are less used, we'll do a quick rinse under the nearby faucet, and that's it. Open shelving is not for everyone, granted.

kitchen%20shelving.jpgI just ordered 14 brackets for a project. The place I mostly go to is Iron Accents. It's a Yahoo store, a very reliable company, and I've used them for years, I can definitely vouch for their product and quality.  

They also have a million different finishes, including colors! Some items are traditional in style, some are modern, and many are inspired by nature. If you use your imagination, you'll see how adaptable they are to many different design themes.

For the project I just purchased these brackets for, I wanted something very simple, especially having 14 of them. Simple, yet interesting, with a hand made sort of look. For me, it's a great go-to source.

Beautiful shelving image found in the beautiful collections of Desire To Inspire! 


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Reader Comments (4)

I personally love open shelves in the kitchen (but rather thick ones without brackets, for a very clean look) and consider having them in our Florida home. Of course, dinner- and glassware need to be chosen wisely as they are decorative elements as well. I'm already into investigations ... :-) Baskets are a very good idea to add a warm, natural element, so thanks for the tip.

From your professional experience - do you think that most people prefer wall cabinets over open shelves?

November 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterConnie

Connie, I believe Pottery Barn has some great, lidded baskets, check them out.

Most people definitely, positively, prefer wall cabinets over open shelves. Open shelves are huge now (at least in the magazines) and are coming in small pieces into the mainstream, but not necessarily those long shelves you see in some images. Although, I'm doing a bunch of long shelves in this current job, which I'll show you once it gets installed. Will take awhile.

November 8, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSusan Serra, CKD

Wow, where have I been? I just found your site and I love it. I'm adding you to my favorites for sure. Great blog, love the photos too!


November 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commentermelissa @ the inspired room

The cabinets are so ugly in my house that I took the doors off because of it ... and what a nice surprise to see that the depth of field it opened up did wonders for the look of my kitchen. I have fiesta ware in several blues (old light blue, an heirloom from my grandmother, and the bright, dark blue as I expand my collection), so I love the color they bring. We also don't have a ton of dishes and we cook/eat at home all the time, so dust isn't an issue either.

Mugs, however, are a different story, so Ii'm thinking that when we replace the now doorless cabinets with actual shelves, we'll go with something thick and maybe hang the mugs from beneath the lowest one.

<3 shelves in the kitchen!

January 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie

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