Wall shelves are extremely practical and incredibly versatile…there’s no doubt about it. The manner is which they achieve that, however, is not universal. There are multiple different types of wall shelves, each with its own set of unique particularities and special features. Be sure to check out a few of them before making a final decision, just so you can be sure you’re picking the right shelves for the right space.
View in galleryA shelving unit can have a built-in desk at the bottom, a cool combination for offices or multipurpose roomsView in galleryNot all wall shelves are flat. In fact, the most interesting ones aren’t
All wall shelves, regardless of type, share in common a few things such as the fact that they’re a way to update a space in a quick and easy manner or the fact that they’re usually easy to install. Open shelves are also great at making spaces appear larger great for displaying and organizing all sorts of things like books, collectibles, vases, toys, etc. There’s a whole bunch of cool wall shelf ideas to explore and lot of details to consider once you’ve made a decision regarding the type of shelf you prefer.
View in galleryBox shelves are like puzzle pieces. They can be mixed and matched to create all sorts of cool installationsView in galleryThese shelves appear to be floating. they’re very thin, sleek and lightweight
View in galleryOpen shelves are really useful in closets and storage areas in general. They mix well with drawers
Open shelves are particular great for kitchens and bathrooms but they can be just as useful and good-looking in living rooms, bedroom,s entryways, offices or nursery rooms. The tricky thing is finding the right combination of elements. There are lots of cool ways in which you can make shelves stand out or simply look natural in a space. Consider the placement of the shelves, the materials and finishes involves, the color of the background wall as well as the items that are to be kept on the shelves.
View in galleryThis type of box shelves actually offers two storage surfaces, one inside the module and one on top of itView in galleryA shelving unit can look just as sleek and lightweight as a single wall shelf given the right setting and designView in galleryDisplay multiple shelves at various different heights to create a unique and asymmetrical installation
One of the coolest things about wall shelves is the fact that they’re so fun and effortless, features which you can take advantage of when planning the layout, decor and ambiance of a room. For example, use shelves to fill an empty room corner and to create an unexpected point of interest. You can also use shelves to frame a fireplace or to fill the void between two windows. Another idea is to use open shelves to emphasize the verticality of a space or to create an asymmetrical installation.
View in galleryMatch the shelves to the background wall so they can perfectly blend in with the decorView in galleryLED light strips are very effective at making wall shelves and their contents stand out in a dramatic wayView in galleryAttach inserts to a basic wall shelf to create dividers and extensions
View in galleryYou can also highlights the elements displayed on shelves with the help of light sconcesView in galleryIf the shelves match the wall behind them, the elements displayed on them appear to be floating
Of course, shelves are also great for storage, especially in areas like the bathroom, the kitchen or the office. Use shelves to organize easily organize items as well as to keep things close at hand and easily accessible and don’t forget to also add a few decorative elements as well. You can mix and match items for a balanced look and a nice distribution of forms and colors. To put even more emphasis on the shelves, install LED light strips on/ under them. Light sconces can be just as effective, if not even more. They add drama to the decor and they work well in combination with wall shelves, whatever the type may be. Other ways in which you can make wall shelves stand out include the use of wallpaper, patterned liners, washi tape and, of course, eye-catching ornaments.
View in galleryA set of wall shelves can have their own back panel which can match the wall behind it or notView in galleryInstall a set of parallel open shelves on the wall behind the sofa to create an interesting backgroundView in galleryTake advantage of open shelves in the kitchen to keep things handy and easily accessibleView in galleryA long, horizontal wall shelf can be used to frame the kitchen backsplash in an elegant and modern mannerView in galleryAn interesting arrangement of wall shelves can be used as a decorative installation for the spaceView in galleryWall shelves can be useful in many different ways and they always double as decorative elementsView in galleryCreate an interesting display of wall shelves, light fixtures and decorations and plan all the details in advance