10 Floating Shelves to Create Contemporary Wall Displays
Floating shelves are a sleek, contemporary solution to dress up a blank wall while adding a little extra storage or display space. Affordable and easy to install, floating wall shelves appear to jut out of a wall in a modern, minimalist way.
Whether you add floating shelves to your home as wall decor or additional storage, remember that the art is in the display. Floating wall shelves can be used in many ways; for example, they can:
- Display framed photos
- Create a color-unified collection
- Hold vases or a candle arrangement
- Hang in a stacked group for organized storage
- Be placed over a work area to clear clutter
- Replace nightstands in a small bedroom
Regardless of how you use a floating wall shelf, keep the display items organized, to a minimum and artfully arranged.
Below are our 10 favorite floating shelves to have now
For a cool, stacked-book effect, Umbra’s Conceal Book Shelf seems to defy gravity. It’s available in two sizes, small for a single stack and large for a double stack. Try one for displaying cookbooks in the kitchen or a favorite book collection in a home study.
This sleek Espresso Profile Shelf adds a unique touch to contemporary homes. It features a rich espresso color and deeply beveled edges. Try a grouping of these in various sizes to display your favorite objects.
3. West Elm Wedge Shelf
Two sizes (both 8″D x 5″ H): 24″ and 36”W ($79-$99)
Clean and simple in a white lacquer finish, West Elm’s Wedge Shelf has a steel-bracket inner frame to keep it sturdy.
Add some Hollywood glamour to your walls with this sleek, reflective and minimalist floating shelf.
Perfectly designed for a neglected corner, the Franklin Corner Shelf comes in three color stains to match your decor: maple (shown), walnut and cherry.
6. Ikea EKBY MOSSBY Stainless Shelf
Two sizes (both 2″ H): 31” W x 7.5″ D and 47” W x 11″ D ($19.99-$29.99)
These affordable and durable stainless floating shelves are a fantastic addition to a kitchen or anywhere some shine or an industrial touch is needed.
When wood looks too heavy for your room’s walls, try glass floating shelves, like the Styles from Crate and Barrel. Made of tempered glass and brushed nickel hardware, these shelves are contemporary and unique.
Room & Board’s Float Box Shelf is handmade in the USA in your choice of beautifully grained American walnut (pictured) or maple. The boxy design makes a bold, modern statement.
Groovy and modern in durable PPMA plastic, the Shelfish Shelf is available in colors including Tangerine, Sunset Blue, Crystal, Amber and Smoke. The translucent appearance of this floating shelf gives a wall a splash of color while still appearing light and airy. For a unique look, mount a color combination of your choice.
Light and sleek, this floating shelf comes in a variety of sizes for all your needs. Made of aluminum, it’s easy to mount and surprisingly sturdy, all while creating a minimalist, floating space for your collection.