Open shelving not only gives you the opportunity to display pretty tableware, it's more convenient for a busy cook's kitchen. Unloading the dishwasher becomes much easier without cabinets doors to open and close.
Horizontal cypress paneling sets a casual tone for this kitchen, from Southern Living's Panama City, Florida, Showhouse. The open shelving echoes those lines, and the support system – thick galvanized pipes – gives the room character.
If space permits, install a ledge where the counter meets the wall for additional storage. In place of a backsplash, repeat the cabinet wood and countertop material.
–Lydia Somerville, Senior Editor, MyHomeIdeas.com