Your Dream Kitchen Must-Haves for Less
Must-Have: Airy Open Shelves
Restaurant-style shelves lighten up a room and provide easy access for items you use every day. And no small thing: They cost less than cabinets.
Keep in mind:
Style: Marry the look to the space. If you're going for a farmhouse vibe, try salvaged planks and iron-look brackets, as seen here. Floating shelves have a contemporary look, while wood corbels can make open shelves feel more traditional.
Display: "I like the look of kitchen things. They add color and texture," says Annie Mathot, an architect in Staunton, Virginia. But others see a potential problem. "If stuff sits there it gets dusty," says Kurth. "In a restaurant, the turnover is huge, but it's a little different at home." That's a cue to edit your collections, rotate often, and consider keeping a duster close at hand.