Floating Shelves: Stylish Home Décor that Organizes, Unclutters and Stores
When it comes to your home, do you prefer minimalist design? Do you like an uncluttered feel? Do you have a small room with minimal storage space? If your answer to any of these questions is yes, consider incorporating floating shelves into your home design.
Bracket-less floating shelves appear to magically hang or float on walls. Tossing out traditional bracketed shelves for ones that float will instantly update a room. They are elegant, chic and easy to maintain. They are easy to install and provide excellent storage for almost anything. According to a blog on the Home Design Lover website, floating shelves are stronger than bracketed shelves and tend to “last longer … since they are attached to the wall by adding screws to the wall that are made from durable material. You can also place heavy materials on them without the fear of collapsing.”
Floating shelves are versatile. They come in an array of colors, shapes and sizes. They can be mounted on nearly any wall, in different combinations, patterns and styles, and can display:
● Collectible figurines
For all of these reasons and more, floating shelves are a savvy addition to any room of your home.
In the Kitchen
Your kitchen will feel more organized, less cluttered and more open with floating shelves. They provide great storage surfaces and easy access to often-used items such as plates, bowls, cups and utensils. You can also use them to display and store cookbooks, spices, decorative mugs and vases. Consider installing stainless steel floating shelves for a sleek look, which are also easy to clean.
If your kitchen is on the small side, Better Homes and Gardens suggests you “hang a pair of floating shelves at staggering angles on a blank wall and fill them with various frames and pretty china patterns. To make the display pop, paint the shelves a contrasting color.”
The Living Room/Media Room/Den
Floating shelves are an excellent addition to any living area. They provide storage and beauty while freeing up space in your leisure room. In an article for HGTV, Carol Schoenfeld points out that “floating shelves can provide the same amount of storage as a case good without the use of a bulky cabinet or bookshelf.”
Installing floating shelves above a sofa or seating area will not only maximize space, it will also provide a place for an overhead display of photos, plants, artwork and candles. Shelves on the sides of a media center can store and display DVDs as well as a receptacle for your remotes.
In the Bathroom
Installing floating shelves in your bathroom will make it feel light and airy while adding beauty. These shelves also make a room appear larger, so they are ideal for smaller bathrooms. Floating shelves can be installed in corners and other tight spaces and can display and store bathroom accessories.
Shelves near a tub are decorative and can serve as a storage surface for washcloths and spa supplies. Place scented decorative candles on floating shelves to create a calming ambiance. Shelves can also be installed next to a vanity for easy access to frequently used toiletries.
Smart and Savvy Shelves
As Michelle Radcliff wrote in a blog for Yahoo! Homes, “No matter how you stack them, stagger them, or what you put on them, floating shelves make an excellent home accessory in any space.”
Installing floating shelves just might inspire you to unclutter your home further. If while doing so you find yourself in need of storage for your goods that are too dear to part with, use our finder to locate a storage unit near you.