design inspo: floating shelves

Floating shelves are very versatile for your decorating and organizing needs. And you can find them reaaaally inexpensive at places like Ikea. In our office re-decoration project I used 3, glossy white LACK shelves from Ikea in our studio/conference room, hung in a staggered layer. We usually use them to display some of my vintage finds but for this blog post I re-styled them with other items and home accessories you may have around your house. Use them in living rooms, bedrooms, bathrooms, etc. to hold anything from books, to picture frames or your cosmetics! The lovely thing about the glossy finish of these shelves is their reflective quality, which gives whatever you're displaying a sexy reflection….and for $14.99, you can't beat the price! Floating shelves look beautiful in raw wood or painted a color - check your local flea market. Use shelves the same color as your walls if you want them to blend in, otherwise make a statement with your floating shelf by picking a contrasting color or pattern.

  • The blank shelves - I love how clean the white on white looks.
  • This is a good example of how you may style your shelves in a living room or dining room. If you have pretty plates or china, you could display some select pieces. We styled with books, glitter jars, candles, and a globe I got at the flea market. Vary the size and spacing of your shelf accessories to create a styled look.
  • Fresh flowers always look good, I like them in a simple kitchen jar. A row of 3 candles gives a serene repetition. Try to style with a mix of solo items and a repetition of items for variety and visual interest.

  • One of my favorite candles to add a beautiful scent to the room, a fun craft store find of a paper mache hand, a DIY'd (spray-painted) neon pine cone, and a vintage book to go with my decorative globe. Use framed photos sparingly so they can really stand out. This is a photo of my and Joey in a photobooth that I framed in a gold frame I found at the Goodwill.
  • If you don't want to put holes in your walls, a floating shelf is a great way to display framed art or photos. Here I leaned two framed lookbook photos from the Days of Ore and Rose Collection - they're framed in inexpensive, white frames from Ikea.

  • Try layering frames for a vintage, library feel. They can vary in finish and texture.
  • Try a floating shelf in your bathroom to display your makeup/nail polish. Some of the products above are part of my daily beauty regimen
  • Use a pretty decorative mirror or tray to accent the shelf so it doesn't feel like all storage. This silver mirror used to belong to Joey's grandma and his mom gave it to me a couple years ago. It makes the shelf feel more like a vanity shelf.

I hope these tips gave you some ideas for your own floating shelves! Let me know if you have any questions in the comments below. Float on!!

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