13 Ways to Decorate With Floating Shelves

Floating shelves can help you easily revamp your walls and showcase your favorite accessories. Check out these designer rooms for inspiring ways to incorporate floating shelves into your design.
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April 16, 2015
By: Carol Schoenfeld

Light and Airy

Storage in a small bathroom can be beautified by adding wall shelves. These white floating shelves make the space appear much larger and offer an attractive way to display bathroom accessories. Design by John Gidding

Unique Wall

A light and fresh paint color really makes dark wood floating shelves pop. The asymmetry of the shelf display emits a fun and effortless feeling within the room. Design by Alicia Friedmann

Open and Accessible

Make your kitchen feel more open and airy by substituting traditional closed cabinets with narrow floating shelves. The openness of these shelves helps to create a feeling of added space while making everything more accessible. Design by John Gidding

Overhead Display

Maximize your space by adding a pair of floating shelves above the sofa. The additional surfaces provide room for displaying artwork and other mood objects, such as candles or plants. Design by Trish Beaudet
From: Trish Beaudet

Corner Solutions

Utilize all of your available bathroom space by adding floating shelves next to the vanity. They're easy to install, and their open nature makes the space feel immediately larger. Design by John Gidding

Accessory Shelves

By using the same wood tones that appear in nearby case goods, the floating shelves become unified additions within the space. Design by David Scott

Flanking the Fireplace

Nature takes a front seat in this living room. The pairing of floating wooden shelves next to the white trimmed fireplace and cream walls creates a beautiful palette in which plants and flowers can thrive. The floral rug and wicker chair add to the sunny disposition of the room. Design by John Gidding

Asymmetrical Focus

Create a contemporary look in your living room by creating an asymmetrical arrangement of your fireplace, television, shelves and cabinets. The cabinets can be used to store unsightly electronics, leaving the floating shelves and mantel open for displaying accessories. Design by Christopher J. Grubb

Vertical Bathroom

Add visual interest to bathroom walls with an update on traditional shelves. Wooden floating shelves with a molding detail tie into the cabinetry and provide stylish display and storage surfaces. Design by John Gidding

Mood Shelving

Use low floating shelves to display candles and towels next to your bathtub. These elements can help create a spa-like retreat within your bathroom. Design by John Gidding

Brown Pattern

A contemporary tile pattern is accented nicely with simple wooden floating shelves next to the vanity. Keep the shelves relatively neat by displaying only a few accessories. This will add warmth and interest without overpowering the strong background. Design by Vanessa DeLeon

Wall Climbers

Simple built-in bookshelves are given some flair with floating shelves that rise up along the wall. The crisp, white shelves pop against a dark, neutral wall color. Design by John Gidding

In-Between Spaces

By adding vertical shelves between windows you can create a fresh and open storage unit in any room. The floating shelves can provide the same amount of storage as a case good without the use of a bulky cabinet or bookshelf. Design by John Gidding

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