7. Keep them on the side. If open shelving right in your face is too much, consider creating more distinct open shelving just on the side of the kitchen. Floor-to-ceiling shelving can easily be added to a nearby pantry or even a close hallway wall.
Open shelving also makes it easy for guests to help themselves to plates and glasses at dinner parties. It makes our kitchen feel more welcoming to our friends.The shelves reach from floor to ceiling in this space, and a step stool is used to reach those at the top. The mint green color is a great backdrop to the homeowner's dishes.