Why it Works: Open Kitchen Shelving

Our favorite kitchens all seem to embrace this open-door-policy approach. But what exactly makes them so aesthetically pleasing? We broke down the secrets to their eye-catching success, complete with look-making accessories below. 01
open-shelving-005 A pop of blue (in the key of Le Creuset's Marseilles colorway, no less) in combination with crisp white plates and elegant glassware will give your kitchen a finished look. Round French Oven, $175, Le Creuset
 open-shelving-005 We're suckers for an all-white farmhouse motif. Keeping displays white and cohesive (for instance, grouping all of your white and ivory-spectrum bowls together as above) makes for a richly layered result. Emma Serve Bowl, $35, Pottery Barn
open-shelving-003 Who says it needs to be all about utility? Incorporating objets d'art, decorative pottery, and quirky accents such as a retro radio shows personality. Classic Wood Radio, $36, E-Costings
paint As much as we love a white kitchen, we can also make an argument for painting shelves a contrasting hue to make your collection pop. Woodland Hills Green #543, from $7, Benjamin Moore
open-shelving-001 Don't let that beautiful tray languish unseen when it's out of commission. Standing up decorative pieces creates a gallery effect. Lucas Grogan Plate, $25, Douglas & Hope
Photo Credit: Country Living, Desire to Inspire, The Design Files, VT Interiors, Bialo Branzowa Interiors