Nothing creates a satisfying sense of order quite like a stylish open shelf. If you’d love one in your kitchen, but don’t know where to start, follow these five simple steps to create one that marries style and practicality.
1. Out with the old
Throw away any chipped stoneware and replace it with a lovely new piece – you only want your most beautiful collection on show, after all.
TIP: If something is too sentimental to throw away, angle it on the shelf in a way that hides any mark or place something in front of it – a candle in a small lantern works well.
3. Be relaxed
Don’t cram everything into one place (like you do with cupboards), as giving your tableware space to breathe on an open shelf makes it look instantly special.
4. Show off your statement pieces
If you have a piece you simply adore, now’s your time to showcase it. We think our Porto Large Heart Oven Dish or new Le Creuset Casserole Dishes are far too beautiful to hide away in a cupboard, so put them in pride of place to enjoy every day. It’s these little touches that give your open shelf its character.
5. Think practically
To make your open shelf as useful as it is beautiful, store the pieces you use the most at body height. Things you use less frequently – like special-occasion bone china or champagne flutes, for example – should be styled on the top shelves.
TIP: Make sure you place regularly used pieces at the front, with taller pieces behind them so things aren’t accidentally knocked when you reach for them.