Shelves, whatever their type or design may be, are universally practical and user-friendly, as demonstrated by their versatility. There is absolutely no room in a home which couldn’t benefit from open shelves. The shelves in a living can be used for the storage of books or the display of decorations, in the dining room a few shelves can come in really handy when you want to keep some dishes close at hand or to display some things on the walls, the bathroom shelves are perfect for organizing toiletries and keeping them easy to reach, the kitchen shelves are also awesome for keeping stuff handy such as utensils and spice jars and there are also plenty of ways in which all these shelving ideas can be applied to spaces such as a home office, entryway, hallway, bedroom, etc.
View in galleryKitchens are often designed to include open shelves in one form or anotherView in galleryKitchen shelves are great for keeping stuff handy but also for displaying things like planters for exampleView in gallerySome shelving ideas are great for organizing items in a kitchen or a pantryView in galleryIt’s usually nice to create a blend of useful and ornamental items when filling the shelvesView in gallerySome shelving ideas include the use of embedded LED light strips or spot lightsView in galleryHere’s a quirky idea: add some shallow shelves to your kitchen backsplash to maximize storageView in galleryThe items which are displayed on open shelves inevitably become decorations for that particular spaceView in galleryBathrooms could definitely benefit from having some shelves too. Pay special attention to the materials usedView in galleryIt’s often fun and beautiful to mix and match open and closed storage solutions such as shelves and cubbies
There’s more than one type of shelving. In fact, there are more variations than we can count. It’s difficult to identify many of them with no visual reference to look at so check out all these great examples that we gathered for you today. They show you how shelves can be useful in all sorts of spaces and configurations and who knows, maybe some of these images will inspire you to add some shelves to your own home or to come up with completely new and original shelving ideas that you can share with the world.
View in galleryInstall LED light strips to the undersides of open shelves to create a dramatic and eye-catching effectView in galleryIn the bathroom, you can also add a ladder which can serve as a towel holder or which can incorporate shallow shelvesView in galleryLaundry rooms and dressings are spaces which can make the most out of any shelving ideaView in galleryGlass shelves are particularly interesting and there are many different variations and options to consider in this caseView in galleryUse accent shelves to complete a furniture arrangement or to add visual interest to an empty wallView in galleryObviously, open shelves are great for storing things on, particularly in spaces such as offices but also in living roomsView in galleryIt’s entirely possible to create an entire furniture arrangement out of just shelvesView in galleryIt can also be fun to play with different types of shelves or to mix and match shelves with different shapes or proportionsView in galleryGeometric shelving installations are particularly popular in modern and contemporary interior designsView in galleryHow about adding some color to your wall-mounted shelves? There are plenty of ways in which to do thatView in galleryA nice possibility is to add a few bookshelves to the bedroom so you can keep your favorite books handyView in galleryThis is a very interesting and eye-catching shelving unit which combines several different colors and shapesView in galleryOpen shelves are also great because they don’t obstruct the view of the surface they’re placed againstView in galleryYou can cover an entire wall in open shelves and you can have them custom made to suit your every need
A lot of these shelving ideas have passed the test of time. Some ideas are classic and have been adapted and transformed over time, some are more recent and some are actually quite unusual. We hope you find them as interesting and inspiring as we do Keep in mind that it’s always fun to add your own signature to anything that you include in your home decor because this way you get to make the place truly feel like home and you become connected to it in a special and very pleasant way.
View in galleryTall and narrow shelving units are quite interesting although not as versatile as other typesView in galleryA lot of living room furniture sets nowadays include some sort of shelving ideas in their designsView in galleryOpen shelves that are used in combination with closed compartments help to maintain a spacious and open decorView in galleryThe shelving ideas and design possibilities are very numerous in the case of living roomsView in galleryOpen shelves are in this case the link between the lower and upper units in this living room furniture arrangementView in galleryUse accent lighting to highlight the items displayed on shelves and to create a nice moodView in galleryAccent lighting and open shelves go hand in hand and the combo is quite common in a lot of contemporary homesView in galleryYou don’t have to fill all the shelves in your home. Sometimes the shelf itself can be the center of attentionView in galleryUse open shelves in the dressing room or walk-in closet to organize shirts, accessories and other thingsView in galleryOf course, workspaces can definitely use shelves in their interior designs as well as there are many things which can be organized this wayView in galleryTry to group objects on shelves and to diversify the types of items displayed this wayView in galleryAnother interesting suggestion is to display books and planters together on shelvesView in galleryBookshelves can be of many different kinds and this geometric configuration is just one of the optionsView in gallerya shelving unit can have a desk built right into it. The desk is basically just an extra wide shelfView in galleryYou can create all sorts of interesting and intriguing visual effects using shelvesView in galleryShelving units can have an open back or a back panel which can have a special role in the decor of a spaceView in galleryCustomization is important when dealing with shelves and shelving ideas and there’s a lot to consider in this senseView in galleryThis type of shelving units can be combined into larger units or can be used as standalone piecesView in galleryThe shelves can actually be a focal point for a room and can help to highlight the style chosen for the decorView in galleryShelves and cubbies can be used to display vases, planters, terrariums, books and lots and lots of other items onView in galleryMost shelving ideas can be adapted and customized to suit a certain type of space or a styleView in galleryShelving units can also double as space dividers and that’s a pretty cool option for small spacesView in galleryThere are plenty of ways to personalize and decorate shelves even after they’ve been installedView in galleryIt’s usually nice to match the shelves to existing pieces of furniture, unless of course you prefer them to stand outView in galleryIntegrating the shelves into large and compact furniture units can offer more cohesion than separate, independent shelves doView in galleryAn arrangement of storage cubbies with the occasional open shelf can be really fun to designView in galleryAnother way to ensure cohesion is if you connect separate shelves with a back panel