9 Surprisingly Stylish Shelf Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet

9 Surprisingly Stylish Shelf Ideas You Haven't Tried Yet

Adrienne Breaux
Feb 1, 2015

Think you've seen everything the world has to offer in the way of shelves? These versatile decorative and functional design elements aren't done surprising yet, as seen with these nine ideas. But the best thing about all these ideas is that none of them are weird or too far-out; any of these shelving ideas could work in your home. Which one are you going to try first?

1. Paired with a uniform collection of sleek baskets

(Pictured above) Forget what your shelves are made of or how they're hung —use affordable materials and the easiest way to install them — just go for wall-stretching lengths that are populated by a sleek collection of uniformly spaced baskets made of the same stylish material. Spotted on Domino.

2. A series of randomly placed, wall-mounted boxes (any material)

Who says your shelves have to be flat, existing in only a couple of planes? Use all directions to create 3D box shelves that house your supplies inside and on top of them. Any material could transform your shelf wall as long as it was box shaped. Via The Design Chaser.

3. One long, narrow, wall-mounted box shelf

Not into the randomly placed, multi-box look? Keep it sleek and simple by installing one long, narrow, wall-mounted box shelf. Add in shelves within the box for more functional storage. Spotted on Trendenser.

4. The floating shelf/hanging hooks combo

You might have floating shelves in one of your rooms...but are you utilizing every square inch of space by adding hooks to the underside? Tea cups make a natural addition to this new storage area, but let your imagination come up with a way this idea could be most functional to you. Seen on Southern Living.

(Image credit: Design*Sponge)

5. Across a window

It seems counter-intuitive, to place shelves (and therefore, things) in front of your windows, but some cozy spaces can handle this shelf idea, and kitchen windows and extra-tall windows are great places to start experimenting. Spotted on Design*Sponge.

6. Lighting a cheap shelving unit

Industrial clip-on lights you can pick up from the hardware store or hanging, simple DIY bulb lights are perfect ways to weave lighting into your existing shelving units and spaces, which will grab attention and make those storage spaces even more special. Via Stadshem.

7. Fit-into-any-nook shelves

If you're handy with a saw and measuring tape, transform absolutely any nook in your home into a functional and stylish shelf area. Via Coastal Living.

(Image credit: The Brooklyn Company)

8. Non-floating kitchen shelves

Floating shelves — especially in the kitchen — have been trendy for a few years now, but what about non-floating shelves? The kind of shelves that aren't afraid to show-off how they attach to the wall? It's an intentional design choice but it it's a definite way to show off hardware and add a layer of detail to your space. Via The Brooklyn Company.

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