They keep popping up in my Instagram feed so I’ve come to the conclusion that suspended kitchen shelves are the new “it look” in kitchen design.
This style of shelving is not attached to the wall like floating shelves, rather they are suspended from the ceiling and hang down from metal supports with glass or wood shelves added to provide open storage.
Open shelving has been popular in kitchens for long enough to say it’s no longer a trend, the look is definitely here to stay. Floating shelves are still going strong and now the suspended shelf is on the rise.
Suspended shelving is a far more contemporary look than traditional closed upper cabinetry. They can blend well with transitional kitchens as long as the remaining elements are classic.
With trends, I’m a skeptic but with this one I have to say, I’m on board. When suspended shelving is floated above a peninsula or island, they’re a more clever storage solution compared to a bulky drop down cabinet because they don’t block the light or a view into the space.
In a kitchen, hanging shelves carry the same challenges as floating shelves: the need to constantly clean them so they remain dust free, and to also style them so there’s no emptiness.
The suspended shelf look suits the display of a modern cafe or coffee shop…
san francisco cafe via we heart
… and now they’re showing up in residential kitchens.
With any residential kitchen, practically is key, but everything depends on lifestyle. This kind of shelving works well for displaying lesser used platters or cookbooks or cake plates and offers an opportunity to layer decorative objects… or nothing at all?
What are your thoughts on the suspended shelving trend? Do you see them as the same as open floating shelves, looking good but requiring a higher level of maintenance? Or do you see them as a headache to clean and style on a consistent basis?