By Anna Kocharian

Published on February 13, 2015

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Photography by JUSTIN BERNHAUT

basic instinct 

Not a fan of vibrant colors in the kitchen? Mixed materials can pair together in effortless harmony.

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Photography by SIMON UPTON

light approach
A colorful light installation can instantly brighten up any space – minus the hassle of committing to a wall paint. 

Rental kitchen? Here's what you need to know.

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Photography by ANNIE SCHLECHTER

platform cues

In an all-white space, opt for a set of colorful floating shelves and pair them down with contrasting dishware for an added effect.

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all shades on deck

Proudly display your most colorful kitchen gear – stick to a select number of hues to keep the look cohesive. 

See our decorating tips for small kitchens here. 

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Photography by DAVID MEREDITH

nature's calling

Earthy tones and fresh greens add an instant touch of life. Brighten up bland shelves with a rustic bowl filled with fresh fruits and goods!

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Photography by KENNETH KOCHEY

in focus

Dual-tone shelves create the illusion of added depth, in an otherwise cramped space. A soft color for the backdrop spotlights the accented details of the dishware.

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sunny side up

Sprinkle in a vibrant touch of color, in the form of accessories and small appliances, to liven up the space's aesthetic.

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the party shelf

Entertaining decor often tends to be the most visually-appealing one. A mix of party props, photo snapshots, and dessert recipe books give these shelves a light-hearted feel.

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Photography by JASON PENNEY

blues rule

That unique dish collection you can't help but show off? Play it up in a shelving unit that borrows from a dominating chard from the set.

Use a vibrant accent in a complementary tone for the perfect contrast piece. 

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the food does the talking

Open shelves aren't just for the dishes. Keep your culinary necessities at hand and display items with creative packaging. 

See more creative tips for styling your kitchen shelves here.