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66 Ways to Decorate With Floating Shelves

Use your vertical space and take your design game to new heights with our favorite floating shelves ideas.

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From: Breegan Jane

Decorate With Floating Shelves in Every Room of Your House

Floating shelves are interior designers’ go-to accent for adding beauty and function to any room in a house. These versatile shelves are inexpensive, space-savvy and available to shop in endless finishes to suit all interior design styles. Not up for shopping? Not a problem because DIY floating shelves are way easier to make than you think. Whether you desperately need extra storage in your bathroom or want to make an eye-catching focal point for your living room, floating shelves are the way to go. Continue to see 66 inspirational floating shelves and get ideas for your own set at home.

First up? Take a modern approach and give your floating shelves a fresh, unexpected twist by taking cues from this family kitchen. Interior designer Breegan Jane bridges the gap between the upper cabinets and wall with three white oak floating shelves. The two top shelves extend the length of the wall while the third shelf stops three-quarters of the way below. This top-heavy, asymmetrical installation lends the space an effortless, modern and elevated appeal.

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Expand Your Horizon

Create an optical illusion that tricks the eye into seeing a grand, expansive room by installing a floating shelf that runs the length of your wall. This technique will visually expand the space and usher midcentury flair into your design. Take a minimalist approach with a single shelf, or add interest through asymmetry by installing two shorter shelves, as seen here.

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Photo: Vivian Johnson. From: Caitlin Jones Ghajar.

Opt for Elevated Materials

Do you want to add a touch of glamour to your bar, kitchen or coffee station? Marble-and-brass floating shelves will never steer you astray. This failproof combination looks lovely in colorful and neutral interiors and instantly brings a sense of luxury to a space. Bonus: New marble floating shelves are much less expensive than marble countertops but add the same sleek look to your design.

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Photo: Ryan Garvin. From: Jennifer Mehditash.

Distract From the TV

Add some floating shelves above your TV to draw the eyes up. In this example, the TV fades into the background. Adding color-coded books to your shelves is another fun trick to attract the eye away from the TV.

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