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How to Style Floating Shelves in Your Living Room

March 25, 2024

Floating shelves provide the ideal way to give an otherwise bland wall an instant personality boost. These slim display spaces offer an eye-catching way of holding books, plants and decorative items without taking up extra floor space or disrupting overall room design. Plus, these stylish displays are available in different sizes, styles and materials to fit into any decor theme - simply ensure they weigh enough before installing! Before hanging your shelves make sure you consider their weight needs; ideally they should be secured into wall studs; otherwise use anchors that can support it safely if this is not feasible - anchors with enough weight capacity should suffice - before hanging!

For a harmonious aesthetic, paint your shelving the same color as the walls to achieve a uniform aesthetic that draws all eyes toward that spot. If you prefer something subtler, matte-finished shelves may give off less attention-grabbing reflections from objects placed on them compared to glossy shelves which could draw more focus onto them and cause them to appear unbalanced on display.

Getting your floating shelves looking their best doesn't need to be daunting! Just start with a selection of taller items such as vases or baskets, then layer on smaller items in odd-numbered groups of various heights and textures - like mixing metal candlesticks with woven baskets!

Ceramic and glassware decorative items can add texture and color to open shelves, pairing perfectly with family photos, art work, planters and woven decor. For an easy approach that doesn't commit fully to an asymmetrical arrangement, stick with an even number of items in each visual group - this arrangement has proven more pleasing for the eye than others!

An alternative way to style a floating shelf is by adding personal touches like souvenirs from travels and handmade treasures, making an eye-catching display above fireplaces or TVs. Just ensure your decor remains proportional with its size - and be sure to leave some uncluttered shelves as part of a balanced arrangement!

Wood shelves make an ideal reading nook when it comes to cozy corner reading nooks. In this bedroom by Arent & Pyke, they were painted green to match the accent wall and plush fabrics; adding candles and books completes this cozy reading corner!

Put together an alcove with limited space by installing slimline shelves on both sides of its doorway, so books are easily within reach while keeping any clutter out of sight until needed.

Floating shelves are an elegant and layered way to transform a dull bathroom wall. Install them above or in front of a window for instant elegance!

Floating shelves are an ideal solution for bathrooms without enough cabinet space to support a freestanding sink vanity, offering extra display space for floral arrangements, hand towels or tea cups and mugs.


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