Floating Shelves: Where & How to Use Them
There’s a certain lightness and simplicity inherent in floating shelves, which is why we love to incorporate them into our designs. By nature, they help to open up a space visually, and when used in collaboration with other intentionally-placed elements, they can serve as focal pieces with highly-functional and space-saving uses. Whether added to a kitchen, bathroom, office, or bedroom, floating shelves are a design staple that can help to transform your space into that relaxing and organized getaway you crave.
Tip #1: Use Floating Shelves as a Focal Piece
Floating shelves serve as the perfect opportunity to create visual interest within a space. Not only do they keep lines of sight open (e.g. in order to view an adjoining room or an outdoor space), but they can also add architectural contrast within a room. In fact, they are particularly striking when mixed & matched with different cabinetry because they help to provide a feeling of a curated collection rather than an all-around streamlined look.
Tip #2: Display Only Select Items
Unlike cabinets with doors, where you can stash a wide variety of odds and ends, your floating shelf space should be reserved for only curated items. After all, these shelves are meant to be an ongoing display, so you’ll want to make them as visually pleasing as possible. Perhaps you love a certain cookbook or want to showcase a few potted herbs. Or maybe your collection of dinnerware deserves a spotlight within your kitchen. Whatever your preference, just be sure to think strategically about how that shelf works with the rest of the space and decorate accordingly.
Tip #3: Take Advantage of Function
Floating shelves act as excellent space savers and are incredibly functional. While they should still display only visually appealing items, there’s no reason they can’t also work for your everyday needs. In a bathroom, for instance, floating shelves are the perfect alternative to vast countertop space or deep medicine cabinets; you can stylishly display hand soaps, a vase of flowers, or a scented candle to give the room instant spa-like qualities. Or consider ways to save floor space by using a floating shelf as a bedroom nightstand or transforming a shallow hall closet into an office space.
Adding a floating shelf to a room instantly helps to promote openness and simplicity, and whether your style gravitates more towards modern or midcentury, incorporating these shelves can go a long way towards making your space feel like home. It’s truly well-designed living at its finest.
By Megan Johansson, Contributor to Vela Creative