interiors & styling: How to Incorporate Floating Shelves in Your Kitchen

Spoiler alert… there will be a couple floating shelves in our new kitchen. I’m actually really excited about them because I’ve never had a floating shelf vignette to style! I photographed my friend’s kitchen a few years ago, pictured above, but that’s probably the only kitchen shelves I’ve ever helped style IRL. We have yet to begin installing the upper cabinets, tile, or the shelving, but I really wanted a space that provides easy access for coffee mugs and kitchen items we use on the daily. If you’re wondering how to create your own floating shelf vignette, I figured I’d put together and design some affordable options digitally that include tile, shelving, and sconces. Plus, they’re all from Lowe’s (just like ours). Click through to see five options I came up with…

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In case you missed the design plan, check it out here. Otherwise, here is a sneak peek of what my floating shelves will look like once they’re installed. Of course the accessories will most likely be different, but the sconces, tile, and shelving will look just like this:

bedrosians cloe tile // progress lighting nickel transitional sconce // in place wood wall mounted shelving

Next, let’s explore an eclectic version. Get creative with lighting and tile for a beautiful backdrop to display kitchenware. Speaking of tile, I’m loving the square Elida Ceramica handmade tile below. It feels modern, but also classic!

elida ceramic barrio square tile // westmore lighting belleville sconce // in place wood wall mounted shelving

If you’re more of a purist or gravitate toward a traditional style, check out what I came up with below. I’m obsessed with that Safavieh sconce, and you can’t beat the price. It’s super timeless and would add sophistication to any kitchen.

american olean union view subway tile // safavieh jaxson wall sconce // allen + roth wood wall mounted shelving

Remember the backsplash post I shared a few weeks ago, highlighting my favorite classic options? After mocking up the American Olean herringbone tile- I think I love it even more. In this modern setting, it really feels new and updated.

american olean chevron marble tile // vonn lighting capri sconce // in place white wall mounted shelving

Lastly, I pulled together a rustic option. The dark wood and oil rubbed bronze light fixture really create a graphic statement against the marble backsplash. Remember our previous bathroom? We ran the subway tile vertically and it helped to elongate the ceiling height. I also love that concept for a kitchen!

allen + roth venatino polished marble subway tile // allen + roth hainsbrook sconce // in place wood wall mounted shelving

If you’re wondering what types of objects to style your shelving with, here are some ideas… just remember- it also depends on their location and function:

  • artwork
  • dishes
  • serveware
  • vases
  • plants
  • canisters for storage
  • baskets
  • cutting boards
  • books
  • salt & pepper mills
  • oils

Not only could you add one of these floating shelf vignettes to a kitchen, but also think about: a coffee bar, a laundry room, a pet area, a breakfast nook… any sort of odd area that could use organization is a great place for them! I’ll be sure to share behind-the-scenes once we begin installing tile and the shelving. Hopefully that will happen within the next week or two. I also have a cabinetry installation post coming to the blog later this week! I’d love to share my shelf styling process once the time comes! I can’t wait to play around with it in my own kitchen, for a change. Have a great week, friends!


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