Vote: White or Wood for My New Kitchen Shelves

Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap  —  January 21, 2014 — 6 Comments

My kitchen walls are still very much unfinished but I’m already thinking ahead to the next step.

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I plan on hanging open shelves on either side of the range to add interest and create storage. But I’m torn on what materials to use. Should I create some contrast with stained wood shelves mounted on dark brackets, like in these two inspiration photos?

apartment therapy

Apartment Therapy



Or should I stick with classic and monochromatic white shelves with white brackets?

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Jones Design Company

Victoria Pearson

Victoria Pearson

Or I could strike a compromise with white shelves mounted on dark brackets.

Lauren Leiss

Lauren Liess

So, which way do you think I should go? Cast your vote in the survey below and elaborate in the comments if you feel so inclined!


Charlotte@Living Well on the Cheap


6 responses to Vote: White or Wood for My New Kitchen Shelves

  1. I voted white on white. Personally, I prefer wood shelves, but I think in your kitchen, white would be a cleaner look, like in your first w/w inspiration image. I love the warmth the wood adds, but the surrounding rooms are already warm. I would go white. Plus shelves are like the easiest things to change out if you end up hating whatever option you go with.

  2. Ok, apparently I voted white on dark brackets… I think either would do (white or dark bracket), just spend time finding some interesting brackets and not just ehh ones. The shelves are functional, let the brackets add some style.

  3. What color are the majority of your dishes? I think white on white would look great with things like white, clear (glass), or just one or two color ‘pops’. I would think that a variety of colors would look better with wood. Just my opinion!

  4. I like the white, especially on the beadboard. The compromise would be ok. But the dark is just too busy for me. although…… might depend on what you are planning to put on the shelves. I don;t think I’d want all my dishes out all the time!

  5. Thank you all for your input! You’ve given me much to think about!

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