How to Decorate Floating Shelves: Top 8 Stylish Ideas

Hand-crafted butcher block floating shelves offer a sleek, space-saving solution to display décor in a modern home. Not only do they provide extra storage, they also add a touch of elegance and personality to your walls.

Below are eight stylish ideas to help you decorate your floating shelves like a pro!

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How to Decorate Floating Shelves

1. Layer with Books and Art

One of the simplest and most classic ways to style floating shelves is by arranging books mixed with pieces of art. Start by placing books both vertically and horizontally to create an interesting visual rhythm.

We suggest trying to intersperse with small paintings, prints, or framed photographs to break the monotony. This mix not only adds depth but also gives your shelves a personalized touch.


2. Incorporate Greenery

Plants breathe life into any space, and floating shelves are no exception. Choose a variety of indoor plants—both hanging and potted—to create a vibrant, lush display. For a cohesive look, stick to pots in similar colors but different textures. This green setup is not only visually calming but also purifies the air.


3. Use Functional Decor

Floating shelves are ideal for combining decoration with functionality. In the kitchen, use them to store spices and jars or hang mugs and cooking utensils stylishly. In the bathroom, arrange toiletries, scented candles, and folded towels. Choosing items that are both beautiful and useful maximizes space and enhances the shelf's practicality.


4. Create a Thematic Display

To give your floating shelves a cohesive and curated look, stick to a specific theme or color scheme. For example, a nautical theme could feature shells, driftwood, and items in shades of blue and white. Alternatively, a monochrome palette can help achieve a minimalist and modern vibe. Thematic displays are particularly effective in creating a standout focal point in any room.

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5. Highlight with Lighting

Adding lighting to floating shelves can elevate their look, especially in the evening. Install small LED lights underneath each shelf to showcase the items beautifully and add ambient lighting to the room. This is particularly effective in highlighting unique objects and creating a warm, inviting atmosphere.


6. Showcase Collectibles and Antiques

For those who love to collect vintage items or antiques, floating shelves provide the perfect stage. Display your collection of vintage cameras, antique vases, or unique sculptures. Arrange them at varying heights and depths to create a dynamic and visually interesting display. This not only highlights your personal interests but also turns your collectibles into conversation pieces.


7. Experiment with Shapes and Sizes

Break away from the traditional straight lines of floating shelves by choosing assorted shapes and sizes. Circular or hexagonal shelves add a modern twist and offer unique styling opportunities. Use these irregularly shaped shelves to hold items like small planters, decorative bowls, or candles. This approach adds a playful and artistic element to your wall decor.


8. Utilize Them as Room Dividers

In open floor plans, floating shelves can serve as subtle room dividers that define different areas without closing off space. Strategically place a series of tall floating shelves between two areas, such as the living room and dining space, and decorate with items that complement both zones. This not only enhances functionality but also maintains an airy, open feel.

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Why Choose Forever Joint Tops for Floating Shelves?

Forever Joint Tops has more than 50+ years of professional experience working with butcher block. We are currently offering Basswood and Pine butcher block woods.

Finishes and stains include clear, dark walnut, or golden oak, or you can leave your butcher block raw for an unfinished look.

Ready to customize your own butcher block floating shelves? Contact our team at (608) 566-6903 for personalized assistance and to start your journey with a company that truly cares about bringing your butcher block shelving dreams to life!

For further reference, please take a look at our instruction guide and buying guide.

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