Larger Items Work Better than Smaller Items
Save your smaller dishes and supplies for in-cupboard storage. If you put too many small items out on open kitchen shelves, they tend to blend together and start looking very unorganized. Larger dishes, cutting boards, and small appliances are much easier to display and won’t get messy so easily.
Avoid Too Many Different Colors
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Match (or Contrast) Dishes to Your Walls
Today’s trendy open kitchen shelves incorporate the background wall color in the design. Matching or contrasting colors can add eye-catching excitement to the space. In the example shown here, the warm wood shelves and checked napkin contrast the white wall, while the white dishes blend in with the background. If the shelf or dish colors clash with your walls, it may look ugly no matter how you try to organize it.