Dish Addiction {Display Dishes on Open Shelves}

baking center gray and white kitchen with color

One of the things I was most excited about in choosing a simple neutral color scheme for my kitchen (with charcoal base cabinets and white uppers) is that I could have fun by adding colorful dishes, books, towels or accessories. The look of my kitchen can change with my whims or with the season. It can be simple and neutral, or much more lively with a kaleidoscope of pattern or colors!

This summer I’ve especially been drawn to accessories in yellow and lots of plants. I don’t worry about staging open shelves perfectly, since the dishes and accessories themselves are cute and all work together just fine. It is nice to repeat colors a few times, but that is usually the extent of the thought I put into styling. With the variety of finishes in my kitchen I can also add in accessories from silver to gold and it all feels right at home.

I use the dresser in our family room to store extra dishes. That way I can just bring out certain colors of dishes or seasonal items to use on my open shelves and keep others in drawers. My dream is to have built-ins in both my family room and front room / dining room so I can have even more room to store my favorite accessories and dishes for the kitchen.

While I’m all for paring down in life and not having excess we don’t need, there is something I really love about having a variety of pretty but casual every day dishes and serving items. We no longer have fancy china or crystal, we only keep what we love and would really would use day to day.

And since we do like to entertain, it is fun to have items we can use for any occasion. Most of our main dishes are white, but I do enjoy having special colored and patterned salad and dessert plates to mix things up!

Since we use our dishes frequently we don’t worry too much about dust as they are getting washed regularly. And just like any surface in our home, when we clean we dust everything off. Yes, dust happens, but we do try to keep our kitchen as clean as possible. That is one of my favorite things about a remodeled kitchen I love so much, I am very inspired to keep it clean and pretty!

Do you love dishes on open shelves as much as I do?

Kitchen Remodel: Sources

The Inspired Room Kitchen Makeover Sources

Where did you find …. for your new kitchen?

Wondering where to begin with a kitchen design project? Where do I find things like hardware, lights, cabinets, tile, sinks and faucets or accessories? For an extensive remodel or an all new kitchen, you might want to consider hiring a qualified kitchen designer to make sure your kitchen is safe, up to code, functional and to help you avoid expensive remodeling mistakes. Remodeling can be stressful, expensive and overwhelming!

But with both of my most recent kitchen remodels, I was able to do the design work myself (since I left most of the appliances, electrical, plumbing and layout where it was) and then just worked with local contractors (a general contractor, a plumber, an electrician and painters and local or online suppliers) as needed to make the changes and updates I wanted on a reasonable budget — and in keeping with the quality and style of my house.

Cheap or poor quality DIY projects or remodeling choices may not be worth doing if it lowers the value or quality of your home. As you make decisions, always consider your budget but also what impact your home improvement projects will have on the value of your home should you sell down the road. And over-remodeling or pouring too much money into a home you plan to sell may not make financial sense either. There is a balance there and all of our circumstances will be different.

My decisions or choices may not be right for your house or your budget, but perhaps it will inspire some ideas or resources you can use as a springboard, even on a larger or smaller scale kitchen project.

If you haven’t seen the reveal of my kitchen remodel, you can find the kitchen remodel post here

For your convenience in this post (below), I’ve spent a million hours (haha, ok not a million but it was a lot of hours) putting together a list of my specific kitchen remodel sources (my kitchen paint colors, finishes, hardware, accessories, lighting and appliances as seen in my kitchen reveal.) Hopefully this post will be useful to you and save me time searching for stuff later when questions arise.

If you might want to refer back to this post for future reference or inspiration down the road, you may want to pin any of these images as well favorites from the kitchen reveal post (you can use the convenient new pin it buttons that will appear as you scroll over each picture). 

You’ll also find a links of some related posts below some of the sections, if you want to find out a little more detail on specific items that I’ve written about. Everything may not be listed so if you have a specific question on a source and I haven’t answered it here, feel free to ask in the comments. 

paint colors for kitchen

Left to right:
Upper white cabinets, plank walls, island base and trim: Benjamin Moore White Dove {satin finish}
Kitchen ceiling: Glidden Polished Limestone
Kitchen/pantry/family room walls: Glidden Polished Grey (lightened version of Glidden Wood Smoke, ask at the Glidden counter)
Family room ceiling: Glidden Wood Smoke
Lower Cabinet Paint: Benjamin Moore (Kendall Charcoal, satin finish)

Related posts:
Cabinet colors post
Kitchen painting post

sources for kitchen finishes

Wood Flooring: Natural Hickory by Mohawk
Quartz Countertops: Caesarstone {Organic White}
Subway Tile: Daltile (Arctic White)
Grout: Polyblend Oyster Gray #386
Island Stain: Minwax Jacobean 2750
Cabinets: Huntwood {we only added two banks of drawers to the right of the dishwasher, all the other cabinets were already in the kitchen}

Related posts:
Mohawk Wood Floors Post
Counter & Subway Tile post
Grout for Subway Tile post
Island Makeover Post

kitchen hardware from anthropologie and restoration hardware

Mix of hardware:
Brass Knobs: Anthropologie
Mirror Knobs: Anthropologie (sold out, but here is a similar)
Satin Nickel Pulls: Restoration Hardware

I used all 6 inch pulls on my drawers (which were all 16 inches wide or 22 inches wide) except on the 34 inch drawer in my baking area which I used the 8 inch pull. Then on the cupboards I used the round knobs from Anthro.

Brass Island Fox & Bunny Knobs: Anthropologie

 

kitchen accessories

accessories featured in kitchen collage, above:

1. Striped Runner: courtesy of Dash & Albert

2. Round Rug: Pier1 Imports

3. Colorful bowls from open shelf: Anthropologie

4. Round wood “porter mirror”: courtesy of Lulu & Georgia

5. Glass drying rack: World Market

6. Dog food container: IKEA

7. Blinds: Select Blinds (Bamboo Tortoise) >>  (the post with details on ordering the exact blinds online HERE, plus get a 40% discount on your order)

accessories not pictured in collage*:
Freestanding Dish Cabinet: Homegoods
Family Room Rug: Overstock (Safavieh Poolside Gray/Beige 8 x 11)
Portland Street Subway Art (hallway): Red Letter Words
Map wall: wrapping paper from Paper Source.
Whale Tongs (seen in kitchen tool crock)…google search “whale tongs” and you’ll find them!

Items not listed may have been purchased via flea markets, Goodwill or collected over time.
Many accessories in my home have come from Target, World Market, Pier One, Anthropologie, West Elm, Homegoods & TJ Maxx.
See below for related  posts and more info on specific items.

Related posts:
Round rug
Striped Dash & Albert Rug
Bamboo blinds {Tortoise}
Round wood mirror
Family Room Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
Teacup gardens from window sill
Pantry makeover/baskets/bins/shelving
White rattan chairs
Freestanding Dish Cabinet
DIY framed chalkboard on refrigerator
Wood framed “Take Action Command Central Board” in map hallway
Maps in map hallway

kitchen lighting from barnlight electric and restoration hardware

Wall Sconces: Restoration Hardware

Ceiling lights: courtesy of Barnlight Electric

Barnlight Electric Light Order Details:

1 x Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light
Options:  Shade Size: 12″ Shade  (+$10.00) ,  Finishes: 355-Jadite ,  Mounting Options: 6″ Stem | ½” Diameter ,  Mounting Finish: Same as Shade  (+$20.00) ,  Canopy Options: Hang Straight Canopy  (+$15.00) ,  Wire Cage: None ,  Cast Guard & Glass: None ,  Cage or Guard Finish: N/A- Not Applicable

1 x Benjamin® Union Porcelain Stem Mount Light
Options:  Shade Size: 16″ Shade  (+$40.00) ,  Finishes: 250-White ,  Mounting Options: Flush Mount  (+$5.00) ,  Mounting Finish: Same as Shade  (+$20.00) ,  Canopy Options: Hang Straight Canopy  (+$15.00) ,  Wire Cage: None ,  Cast Guard & Glass: Cast Guard & Ribbed Glass  (+$85.00) ,  Cage or Guard Finish: Same as Shade

appliances

The new ‘appliances’ I got specifically for this remodel: microwave, the range hood, and the sink and a faucet. But in case you are wondering, I’ve listed all my appliance brands below (several of them were already in the kitchen when we bought the house).

Faucet: Danze {can order locally or online, research for best price}

Sink: Kohler Whitehaven short apron front sink {you can buy through a local plumbing or online source, just google to compare prices and measure carefully or check with your contractor before buying a sink}.

Range Hood: Zephyr Anzio 30 inch {you can buy through a local or online appliance store. It did require some electrical work and venting from our kitchen through an outside wall}.

Dishwasher: Electrolux

Stove: Maytag {four burner gas}

Refrigerator: Maytag

Microwave: Panasonic {we got ours at Costco}

Espresso Machine: Jura Capresso Impressa S9

Related Posts:
Choosing a Kitchen Sink and Faucet
Range hood, sink and faucet post
Dishwasher {we kept the same dishwasher pre-remodel}

*If you are local to me:
Cabinets & Countertops: Creekside Cabinets/Creative Countertops

Some affiliate links used, thank you!

PS .You can read the series of kitchen posts in reverse chronological order in the kitchen category here.

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