WHITSTABLE ISLAND COTTAGECoastal Kitchen, Kent
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16 Whitstable Island Interiors
See things clearlyGot a lot of glassware? Do as Whitstable Island Interiors did and make that (almost) the only thing you have out on display. It doesn’t then matter how mismatched it all might be, the uniformity of material will still give the illusion of total order. What’s also smart in this petite kitchen is that the shelving has been designed to be just deep enough for one glass. Fitting a shallow shelf means there’s more chance of having enough stuff to fill it and of it looking less cluttered. Note, too, the hanging pans by the window. If you’re short of space, it’s a great idea for more open storage – just make sure your pans coordinate nicely.
Store with styleThis relaxed coastal kitchen may look as if it’s been thrown together with an enviably casual attitude, but just look at the discipline going on on those shelves! Take heart that such displays do take effort – but also that they can be hugely effective. In a pale kitchen, collections of glass, or stacks of neutral or white crockery, will stop your cookspace from looking off-the-shelf without impinging on the space. Perfect for wannabe minimalists who can’t stop collecting, too.Started a collection? Here’s how to display it.Tell us…What colour is your kitchen? Share photos and tips in the Comments section.
Stick to a themeIn the kitchen, ancient plastic beakers and containers are best hidden away in a cupboard, but open shelves are great for displaying pretty matching glassware. Here, triangular sections on the end act as both brackets and useful ‘bookends’, while cup hooks underneath provide another handy storage option.
Style wisely for a tidy look Cabinets can hide all manner of untidiness inside, while open shelving will have everything on display. If you’re worried about keeping the area tidy, only include similar objects on your shelves. They’ll look neat when arranged together and create a feeling of order.Discover inspiring ways to style your kitchen shelves
Zone your spaceThis modern, white kitchen has been given a cosy feel with some clever space planning. By closing off the area with low cabinets, the owners have made an enclosed and intimate cookspace. Open shelving and hooks for displaying glasses, crockery and cookware add character to the room.