Trend Watch Shelving

5th July 2018

Shelving can often be the missing ingredient needed to make a kitchen practical and organised. However, it doesn’t serve this purpose only – there are also aesthetic gains to be had from the right shelving.
You have many different styles to choose from – floating, corner, ladder, freestanding – so you can afford to experiment with your space. For example, incorporating plants or a bookcase can really transform the overall look of a kitchen.

You can also incorporate freestanding shelving as a room divider, helping to achieve a broken plan layout, which is increasingly popular. In this respect, the right kind of shelf can add aesthetic and structural benefits without the need for major renovation.

Before we look at the latest offerings, here are some helpful points to consider:

  • Firstly, consider what you want the overall function of the shelf to be. Whether it’s displaying cookbooks or storing pots and pans, you need to ensure they are serving a purpose, so go into it with a clear intention.
  • Choose a piece that works with the rest of the kitchen scheme. If you want to make a statement, go bold with a bright colour, material or pattern. If subtlety is your style, there are many traditional styles that will coordinate or complement the style of your space.
  • Lastly, make use of wasted space! Open shelving can be a great way to make use of redundant space. A corner shelving unit can be hidden and is the perfect storage solution for kitchen necessities and decorative items.

We have compiled five kitchen shelving trends that can be easily incorporated into a range of kitchen styles to maximise the space of any kitchen.

Above Counter Open Shelving

A great option for a small kitchen is ‘above-the-counter’ shelving which allows pots, pans and utensils to be right at the cook’s fingertips. Items being on display can also make tidying away a speedier and stress-free task.

Corner shelving as featured at Wayfair and Habitat.

Corner Shelving 

Corner shelving is fantastic for utilising ‘dead space’ in the kitchen, as even the smallest corners with no existing purpose can be fitted with shelving and used to home miscellaneous items.

Ladder shelving available from Garden Trading and Maisons du Monde.

Ladder Shelving

Without the need to fit or install, this shelving option is perfect for anyone looking for a quick and easy storage fix. Ladder shelving is also great for creating an earthy, outdoorsy look, perfect for embodying the ‘bringing the outside in’ mantra.

Multipurpose shelving available to buy from La Redoute and Not on the Highstreet.

Multipurpose Shelving

A great storage option for anyone who doesn’t quite know which storage type they’re looking for. A multipurpose shelving system handily allows for items to be stacked, displayed and hung up.

Industrial Grid

A fantastic way to introduce a more industrial feel to your kitchen; this shelving trend has been strong in 2018. Grid storage is easy to adopt with any spare wall space, and usually an affordable option for anyone working with a limited budget.

If you want more design inspiration, request a copy of our 80-page brochure or browse our Pinterest and Instagram page for recent case studies. Alternatively, book a complimentary consultation in your local Harvey Jones showroom to discuss your kitchen design with our expert designers.