The Gimme Kitchen Cabinet Storage You’re Not Using – Architectural Digest
When it comes to kitchen cabinet storage, more is always more… until it’s so hard to access that you simply won’t on a regular basis. Of particular bewilderment is that sliver of airspace that often floats above a standard set of kitchen cabinets—an open shelf by any other words, but a difficult one to reach and a confusing one to style. You have a few options when it comes to utilizing this space: Storage, display, or concealment. The first step towards making this kitchen cabinet storage a space that you actually use is to invest in an excellent step stool. Then, here’s how to deal with it:
Only store items this far out of reach that you don’t need on a regular basis—and even then consider writing down a list of what’s up there so you don’t forget.
Rather than purchasing a standard set of matching baskets that will only serve to clutter that space, consider just one or two of contrasting scale, tuck them full of extra toilet paper rolls, and then hoist them high.
*That you actually like the look of. Again, the idea here is to just put one or two pieces up top (of varying shapes and sizes), rather than a whole regular line of platters you’d rather not own anyway.
Spines facing outward if you actually want to use them. (If you don’t, pick up thrift store books instead and store them pages-out for a neutral sort of decoration.)
What this doesn’t mean: An assortment of random decorative platters you never use and don’t even like. What it does mean:
But not too much! A single painting or sculpture, purposefully off-center, makes a statement without adding gunk.
Whether a true set of uniform nature (all your copper pots, or a line of quirky glass beakers), or collected odds and ends like art, ceramics, and sculptures all melded together not too perfectly.
Rather than store them full of odds and ends, consider a variety of tactics that all rely on resisting the urge to fill what’s empty.
Leave Them Empty
If you don’t put anything there, the problem doesn’t exist—right? Well not exactly, but it give a clean feel to the room if you can sit on your hands and leave this shelf unadorned.
Or Add Doors
A second row of closed cabinets makes them more functional for storing less display-worthy kitchen goods (see: backup paper towels).
Add a Row of Vents
A streamlined way to get bad smells out and cool air in.
Whatever you do, don’t put ingredients up there—they’ll go rancid or lose their flavor faster than you realize—and do expect that whatever you’re showing off will need an occasional thorough dusting. That’s where your step stool comes in!
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