Kitchen Design Trend: Floating Shelves

By Gina Greco, Senior Brand Marketing Specialist, SEMCA

Suppose you’re new to Simply Better Living, welcome home! It’s no secret that I LOVE to discover modern and noteworthy kitchen trends. In all honesty, my weekends are spent walking through a local retail store in the kitchen section, scrolling through design boards on Pinterest, or watching HGTV. So it doesn’t come as a surprise to my friends and family when I discover unique kitchen trends that I want to incorporate into my home.

Floating Shelves for Your Kitchen

One of my favorite trends that I have seen everywhere? Floating kitchen shelves! These shelves offer just as much storage space as traditional cabinets with the added convenience of being completely open and accessible. Besides being a convenient choice for many kitchens, I love the way these open shelves look.

Below I’ve highlighted some of my favorite inspiration shots of floating shelves, although I have to warn you that seeing these may cause you to replace your cabinets with these shelves instead!

Tea & Coffee Bar

Floating Shelves for Small Spaces

One of my favorite uses for open shelves is to section off a separate space in the kitchen for a tea and coffee bar. I love to start our morning with a cup of hazelnut coffee. Having a different section of my kitchen for all my tea and coffee must-haves is convenient and adds a café feeling to my kitchen.  The whole space gives off a cozy feel that makes me want to curl up with a big cup of coffee and a good book!

Small Spaces

Floating Shelves for Small Spaces

One of the most common complaints about kitchen spaces is that they feel too small or cramped. A simple way to open up a kitchen is to incorporate open floating shelves. Traditional cabinets can often make your space feel closed off… but the openness of these shelves allows for even the smallest kitchen spaces to feel light and airy. Pro tip: If your kitchen is small, counter space, as well as shelving space, is crucial. Consider incorporating a Sharp Microwave Drawer or a Sharp Over-the-Range Microwave Oven to free up your precious counter space and provide an overall sleek and modern look.

Live Edge

Live Edge Floating Shelves

A live edge floating shelf is one of my favorites takes on this trend. The raw edges on these shelves incorporate the wood’s original look into any kitchen space, allowing for an overall natural and organic feel. I especially loved how the above photo includes knots from the original wood into the shelves.

I have a pretty good feeling that this floating kitchen shelf trend isn’t going away anytime soon, and we’ll be on the hunt for more fun ways floating shelves are being incorporated into kitchens. Do you have a favorite inspiration photo of floating shelves? Let us know on Twitter!