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The Scoop on Floating Shelves

Shaun Anderson | 28 April, 2022

APR, 28 2022

The Scoop on Floating Shelves

Floating Shelves transform any empty wall into a beautiful, functional space. Adding floating shelves is a great way to add storage and style to any room in your house. When you pick the right shelves, they're easy to install. Fully customizable shelves are on-trend. You’ll see these shelves popping up in homes and retail spaces all across the world (and Instagram) if you’re paying attention. Our favorite restaurant recently added floating shelves to their space and for that space, even just adding three shelves made a huge difference.

Floating shelves are also fun to style—whether you want them in your living room or bedroom or bathroom. Open shelving gives you a unique way to store the beautiful items you love in your home, without sacrificing practicality. Floating shelves instantly add function to the spaces in your home.

The great thing about customized floating shelves is that, in addition to being easy to attach to any wall, you have the versatility to arrange them any way you want. Whether you're looking to display photos or cookbooks, these beautiful shelves are a functional and stylish solution.

We also love floating shelves as a way to upgrade to builder-grade homes. When we moved into our first home, it looked exactly like half of our neighbors' homes on the inside, and floating shelves were a very easy way that we could add something high-end and unique to the space, without having to hire a contractor to come and do more work.

How to Decorate Shelves

Decorating open shelves is one of the easiest ways to give your room a quick refresh. If you've got more than one open shelf on your wall, you're going to want to know about the triangle rule. The triangle rule will help you create really visually interesting shelves, without having to put in a lot of work. All you need are three objects in the same color or material. You’ll place these objects on different shelves in a triangular form. This creates visual interest and will help you create an anchor point for your space.

The pieces that you choose to use to create your triangle don't have to be super matchy-matchy. As long as there is something tying these objects together, like color, shape, material, or something else – you'll be able to get the same cohesive look when creating the triangle. We often use stacks of books throughout our cells to create a triangle, or sometimes even potted plants.

As interior designers, we borrow this rule from artists because the triangle is a shape that naturally draws your eye around an image. If your shelves are feeling really flat and they need something Dynamic, you might just need to rearrange the decor that's currently on your shelves into a triangle. Giving the viewer's eye something to follow hold your attention for longer and makes your shelves feel professionally styled.

Another easy interior design rule to follow decorating shelves is the rule of threes. his rule says that if you arrange things in odd numbers, they'll be more appealing and memorable than even-numbered groupings. When you design floating shelves with this rule in mind, you can create clusters of decor that work together in a natural, effortless way. On a set of floating shelves that we have in our bedroom, for example, we have a plant with vertically stacked books next to it and a frame touching the other side. Even though there are more than three items next to each other, it's three different types of items, so it works within the rule of threes. On the opposite side of our shelf, we have a plant next to a picture frame and a small bust of Mozart. This little cluster also follows the rule of threes.

Now, these two rules are very popular for a reason. A lot of the time, they work great! But rules are made to be broken. So when you are styling your open shelving, don't be afraid to break a few rules and experiment with the way things are laid out on your shelves. Just because something technically follows a rule doesn't always mean that it looks the best. Trust your designed eye when you're styling for your own home.

Shelf Inspo

If you feel like you're in a design right when it comes to styling your floating shelves, take a break and look for inspiration. We like to look for inspiration and unconventional ways first before we go and look at other people shelves. This helps us find the way that we would like to style our own shelves, before we get somebody else's vision stuck in our head.

See, if we know the vibe we want the room to have with the shelves in them, we'll look at architecture and Landscape that's in a similar Motif. For example, we were styling shelves that we wanted to have a grandmillenial feel, so we Spend some time on a trip to Georgia and walking around traditional Southern sunrooms. When we got home we kept looking at pictures of Southern sunrooms and Drew a lot of inspiration from the plants and pattern mixing in the spaces. Then we were ready, once we had a good idea of what we were looking to create, to look at shelves that have been styled by other designers.

If you can't physically be in a space to get inspiration, the internet is boundless place where you can find all sorts of inspiration photos. If you're just feeling stuck in a creative rut though, we recommend closing the computer screen and listening to some music, reading a book, or taking a walk outside. Sometimes you just need to refresh and reset in order to come back and see your shelves with new design eyes.

We try to take a little bit of creative rest and relaxation time every month and we do something like take a pottery class, go visit a museum, or go to dinner with other people who love to create in different ways. We find surrounding ourselves with people who find inspiration in the world around them is a great way to help us come back and reinvention things with new excitement and ideas. Taking time for yourself creatively doesn't have to be a huge time or money commitment. There are small ways everyday that you can nurture your innate desire to create and design.

And, last but certainly not least, when we need shelf inspiration we do look at the way other people are adding shelves to their home and are styling them. Instagram and Pinterest are great places to start if you can't physically walk around somebody else's home to see how it's been put together.

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We love seeing all of the creative ways that shelves and shelf decor come to life in other people's homes, and sometimes all it takes is seeing a photo or two to help us know that the item we've been missing on the bathroom shelves is in fact a set of rolled up hand towels.

Why Ultra Shelf?

Don't waste a single inch of your wall space. Our innovative floating shelf system can be mounted at any point on your wall, thanks to our innovative bracket system, and still hit a stud. Available in five wood types, dozens of stain colors, or any paint color you can think of — these shelves can be custom matched to your home for a seamless look that's classic and elevated.
Upgrading your kitchen or bathroom with these customizable, floating shelves is truly easy. They're beautiful, easy to install, and can be made to fit any space. Each shelf holds up to fifty pounds per stud that they're attached to, which means that all of your heavy books and decor are securely attached to the wall, and your wall won’t sustain any damage either.

You don't need a professional contractor or builder to come out and put the shelves on your walls for you. With a drill, and maybe an extra hand, you can add the shelves to your home yourself. That alone saves you a ton of money. And to us, people who had tried in the past to install cheap Target shelves for hours and hours, the quick install process is also something that's a huge selling point.

While our bracket system and the sheer size of our product offering set Ultra Shelf apart in a big way, the quick production time for these handmade shelves is also something to note. We've shipped ourselves around the country to thousands and thousands of happy customers. We've got a great track record, and our high-quality, heirloom shelves are hand-made to last.

Written by
Maddison Driggs

Maddison is a copywriter who has been working in the interior design and home improvement area for the last five years. From hands on projects to writing for your favorite HGTV home reno couples, Maddison has developed a deep love for a well-styled room with the perfect personal touch.


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