Say 'Yes' to Functional and Stylish Open-Shelving Design

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Interior innovations seem to happen daily. From a top designer’s new line to fully automated home systems, there’s always some latest and greatest something to buy. So, I often wonder how the simpler innovations, like open-shelving, came about. Did someone simply remove their kitchen cabinet doors one day and make a terrific discovery? I don’t know the answer to that, but I do know that the many variations of open-shelving for storage and display make it one of the most useful and versatile of interior design options.

Kitchen Collections

The simplest way to create open-shelving in your own home may be to get rid of some or all of the doors to your kitchen’s upper cabinets. It’s a DIY trick that has been around for as long as I can remember and has become so much a part of interior decorating that modern day kitchens, like the one shown above, are designed with that look in mind.

Bedroom Built-ins

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I’m a big fan of built-ins, and when built-in drawers are combined with open-shelving (pictured above) the result is like having four custom dressers, each with its own special display niches.

Linear Living Room

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Open-shelving next to this fireplace provides both display space and smart firewood storage.

Office Option

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This open-shelving solution in a home office shares the same place in our line of sight as the bold, graphic poster art. Why not? The shelves provide both storage for books and display space for other art and objects.

How are you using open-shelving in your home?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite ( and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (, Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.