Kitchens are wonderful spaces, and always one of the first spots in the home to undergo a renovation. I've never lived in a home (mortgaged) long enough to know what ten years after a renovation feels like. My goal is to always achieve a design that feels timeless, at least to our family, and then future renovations won't be needed.
Lately, floating shelves in the kitchen have become quite the trend, and they do look beautiful. In fact, they're one of our best selling products. We've even added them to our kitchen, and are realizing how much is involved once the shelves are installed.
Adding floating shelves isn't as simple as adding a brown paper grocery list, (which is a wonderful idea). Floating shelves make you realize HOW MUCH STUFF YOU HAVE! Once the cabinets are removed, the walls are patched, and the shelves are up, you have to decide what to display. And if you're like us, you store a lot in your upper cabinets (toddler family).
The blessing, we have been able to sift through all of our kitchen belongings and purge. On display we want to show what's most beautiful, but also functional. We want our floating shelves to be used actively, so much as when we have a dinner party they're almost empty (except for what's currently fermenting).
Once we have all the shelves installed we may need to contact a donation or rubbish service like https://www.samedayrubbishremoval.com.au/Eastern-Suburbs-Rubbish-Removal-Sydney.php. Just kidding :)
Old towel rails are great for diplaying your most-used utensils, or even coffee cups if you have "s hooks" that work. But keep in mind, you don't want your kitchen to look too cluttered. If you have a lot of items on one shelf (like coffee cups), you may not want the countertop below or the shelf above to be too busy. Use the highest shelves to store the items that you'll use the least, and remember that you will have to dust these items quite frequently as they'll be used less often.
In our opinion it will be easier to choose a backsplash now that our shelves are up. Consider your cabinets and shelving before you make this more permanent decision. Initially we were only going to add three shelves on the south wall of our kitchen, but now that they're up, we've decided that we want shelving throughout the entire kitchen. Our kitchen is small, and shelving alludes to a larger, more open space.
Bonus! We will be able to use our upper cabinets for storage in our basement.
Kitchen shelving is a lovely way to cozy up your home, and hide old cabinets that you are dying to replace. If you choose floating shelves over painting cabinets you will thank yourself later. We painted our cabinets in our last home, and that was more work than we could ever have imagined.
Regardless, choose a kitchen design that you love, and that brings comfort to your family. After all, the kitchen is the heartbeat of the home.
*This is a collaborative post.