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5 Ways to Avoid Boring Floating Shelves

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Photography: Dairy Darilag (Main Photo)

Floating shelves come in handy whether you live in a compact condo or a big house. Since these are wall-mounted, they can add to the airy and spacious feel of your home. When it comes to sprucing up these shelves, you might be wondering—don't the same rules apply as working on regular shelves? Believe it or not, decorating floating shelves require different rules.

If styling shelves require you to fill in the space, for floating shelves you don’t need to. Many of the tricks to styling floating shelves help “ground” it or blend it with your space, instead of making it look detached. Avoid lackluster and awkward-looking displays with these must-dos:


Form an ‘X’

The most challenging part of styling floating shelves, or any shelf for that matter, is how to make it look balanced. Avoid making it appear lopsided by forming an ‘x’ with your décor. You can do this by placing taller items at the edges and stacking everything lower in the center. This will make your shelf look balanced without it being too boxy. 

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Play with height and depth

People tend to make the mistake of placing everything on their shelf in one line. It’s not a gallery so you can experiment with the placement of your décor. You can stack books, place things in an angle, or layer your frames. See what works for the items you have and move them around so it appears more natural.


Use different textures

It’s important to choose items for your shelves that fit into your entire room, but don’t forget to mix up colors, textures, shapes, and patterns. Give your eyes interesting things to look at. If everything is matchy-matchy, it will look like you’re trying too hard.

Don’t overthink it

Don't overthink your decorating process and don't feel pressured to fill the shelves with items. Look around your home for things you already have. Keep it simple. You can put your favorite books, sit a potted plant, or display photos. It’s really up to you. The less stress you put into it, the more effortless it will look in the end.

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Don’t neglect the space around

Finally, don’t neglect the space around your shelves. This is the number one reason why floating shelves look awkward in a space because of the lack of attention to that detail. It’s as simple as putting a chair beneath your shelving or a lamp. A polishing touch can make the difference in making sure that your shelves blend with the rest of the room.

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