Given their simple design, floating shelves, like ikea's lack shelf, are perfect candidates for a textile makeover. The basic premise is to wrap the lack shelf as you would a present and staple the fabric on the back where the shelf meet the wall.
•1. A very Martha Stewart wallpapered shelf update from...Martha Stewart. For DIY instructions, visit her website.
•2. From Robert Passal's winning bedroom design in All The Best's bedroom competition. Robert wrapped the shelves in grass-cloth to achieve this sophisticated look.
•3. A fabulous Design*Sponge DIY shelf makeover project, complete with fabulous DIY instructions here.