Over the years we have installed probably over 15 floating shelves in our homes. It all started with our previous house. The living room had this huge blank wall with no architectural design.
I had no idea what to do with ir or how to decorate it without everything looks super small and silly because of its size. Insert floating shelves.
I had heard Jillian Harris speak at a design event about the importance of creating vignettes in your home. She recommended doing this on consoles, coffee tables or shelves!
So after staring at my blank wall for what was probably days but felt like months I had an idea! I didn’t have the benefit of having a built in shelving unit but maybe I could make one.
Why not hang 6 floating shelves on my wall with a mirror in the centre encircled by four picture frames.
This ended up being the catalyst for our blog and instagram taking off like wild fire and placing us on the cover of a national interior design magazine in the spring of 2016 called Style at Home. Sometimes thinking outside of the box really pays off haha.
Since then floating shelves and decorating them have been a big thing we incorporate into a lot of our spaces and designs. I even have a blog post sharing my easy method for perfect shelf styling. And we get a TON of questions about where are floating shelves are from!
Where to buy the best floating shelves
We have had a variation of white floating shelves in our living rooms for the last 6 years and I am still not tired of it. As I mentioned in our old house, I was stuck on how to decorate a large blank wall in our living room. I ended up hanging a mirror in the centre, surrounded by 4 picture frames on each side and then 3 white floating shelves branching out from the frames on either side. Little did I know this design would become a huge hit, and land us on the cover of a home decor magazine. Blank walls can be intimidating and knowing what to fill them with can feel overwhelming not to mention cost a ton of money.
We ended up selling this house and moving into our current home where I added more floating shelves. This time I went with a large white floating shelf as the main focal point and two smaller shelves off to the side. The reason I love using shelves as a foundation piece for decorating is the flexibility they give you to change up your decor with the seasons and showcase items in beautiful little vignettes.
The great thing about floating shelves is they are fairly universal when it comes to design styles. I didn’t want shelves that were rustic, and I wanted something clean and simple so that my decor could shine instead of the shelves. We are still using the same brand of floating shelves (source 1) we had in our old home, but I included in my shopping guide some other options for you!
How to securely fasten your floating shelves to the wall
Check out our post on how to properly hang your floating shelves so they don’t come crashing down to the ground!
I hope you found this shopping guide helpful, and thank you for stopping by The Beauty Revival!