Floating Shelves Done Right: 12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves Done Right: 12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves


By surrounding yourself with the things you love, you’re telling your story while giving your home personality and a sense of place. Floating shelves are the perfect display for thoughtful and personal vignettes. They add a functional design element and smart storage solution that is a welcome upgrade to any room. Ledges are especially useful in small spaces, where square footage is limited and you need to think vertically. Read on to learn how to add open shelving to your home and decorate accordingly. 

Floating Shelves Done Right: 12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves
Floating Shelves Done Right: 12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves
 

#1: Niche Floating Bookshelf

Awkward alcoves create a void that may leave you scratching your head. Whether it’s beside a fireplace or in a narrow hallway, by simply stacking floating shelves you can create a bookcase to display your collection of tomes.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Niche Floating Bookshelf
Modern Living Room + Niche Bookshelf featuring Roderick Wall Shelves
 

#2: Floating Shelf Above the Window

With the extra structural support of wood framing, windows provide a solid foundation to anchor open shelving. Installed above a window, ledges draw the eye up, making a space feel more voluminous, and it provides a special place to display decorative collections.

#3: Entry Table / Mudroom Shelving

Small, narrow foyers prove difficult to furnish, especially in apartments. A floating shelf offers up just enough surface area to serve as a catchall when you walk in the door. Simply top with a small lamp and a basket to hold mail and keys.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Entryway / Mudroom Floating Shelves
Mudroom / Entryway featuring Tromso All-Steel Floating Shelves and Peggy Round Storage Hook

#4: Floating Shelf Powder Room Display

In small bathrooms that are short on storage, a narrow ledge installed above a pedestal sink and below a mirror is the perfect place to display necessities like soap, candles, and a tissue box. 

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Floating Shelves in a Small Bathroom / Powder Room
Powder Room / Small Bathroom featuring Aksel Hardwood Floating Shelves and Peggy Round Storage Hook
 

#5: Minimal Spice Rack

Having seasonings nearby and well-organized when cooking is a must, and a narrow ledge is all you need to quickly grab spices while cooking. Simply mount a shelf above your stove and line up seasonings in alphabetical order.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Minimal Floating Spice Rack / Rustic Pantry
Minimal Floating Spice / Pantry featuring Aksel Hardwood Floating Shelves
 

#6: Floating Nightstand

In lieu of a bedside table, a floating shelf serves the same purpose as a nightstand, but with a more minimal look. Paired with a wall-mounted sconce, a floating shelf is a perfect perch to hold evening essentials like reading spectacles, books, and a water glass.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Floating Nightstand
Modern Bedroom + Floating Nightstand featuring Aksel RADius Hardwood Floating Shelves
 

#7: Modern Pantry with Floating Shelves

A pantry with wall-mounted shelving creates a beautiful display in an often neglected yet important corner of the kitchen. With plenty of room to organize food and serving ware, shelving topped with beautiful baskets and bins sets the tone for a well-oiled kitchen and seamless entertaining.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Open Pantry
Modern + Open Pantry featuring Aksel RADius Walnut Floating Shelves
 

#8: Floating Plant Ledge

For the plant parents, open-shelving is a thoughtful display for your leafy friends. A bonus: brackets give plants with trailing vines, like the pothos, something for their tendrils to grab onto.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Floating Plant Ledge
Floating Plant Ledge featuring Tromso Steel Floating Shelf + Hardwood Accent
 

#9: Kitchen Lite

In lieu of upper cabinets, floating shelves make a kitchen feel larger and brighter. In small sculleries, it’s the easiest way to make the space feel more expansive. When decorating, think less is more — too many cups, dishes and decor will make a kitchen look cluttered. 

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Modern Kitchen + Floating Shelves
Modern + Open Kitchen featuring Aksel Walnut Floating Shelf
 

#10: Floating Fireplace Mantel

For the fireplace facade that is missing that special something, installing a ledge adds the finishing touch. Front and center, it’s an ideal display for seasonal decor, family photos and quirky collections.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Floating Fireplace Mantel
Modern Living Room featuring Glenn Walnut Floating Fireplace Mantel
 

#11: Floating Desk

A perch to put your laptop or write in your journal, a wider floating shelf can serve as a tabletop. Simply decorate with photos and a desk organizer and hang a bulletin board above it.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Cool Kid's Room + Yuri Floating Desk'
The Kids' Room of My Dreams featuring Yuri Floating Desk
 

#12: Floating Shelf Coffee Station

A coffee station can be brought to life with wall-mounted shelving to display all your morning accoutrements — pretty cups and saucers, a canister of beans, and jars filled with sweeteners.

12 Ways to Style Floating Shelves - Floating Shelf Coffee Station
Floating Shelf Coffee Station featuring Aksel Walnut Floating Shelf