Designing With Floating Shelves
Floating shelves are one of the hottest design trends going right now. From ready made shelves to DIY shelves, they are being used in every room in the house. Various materials are available, so you can also have your design as modern or traditional as you like. Let’s take a look at how some of these looks might affect our room design.
This is a great way to display art and bring excitement to a large wall area. Many times shelves are straight up and down like book shelves, but why be boring when your art cries out for creativity. Staggering their positions on the wall will give you a more eye-catching, original layout. Your color scheme and displays will add to your wall decor being considered contemporary or traditional design.
Line them up
Very hot in design right now is open kitchen shelving. Adding floating shelves in a linear fashion on a kitchen wall is a great way to display collections of cookware, family heirlooms, etc. for all to see. Keeping it neat could be a chore, but if you a neat freak, no worries! Stay away from matching finishes. Mix it up with a floating shelf in a finish that contrasts with your cabinetry. This will create a beautiful, high end design in your space.
Make it more traditional
Using bulky wood box shelves floating above the fireplace and the surround is a more traditional way to incorporate floating shelves in your design. The type of wood used along with applied finish provides design styles anywhere between coastal and rustic. Media equipment can easily be stored on floating shelves to the side if your TV is mounted over the fireplace or on another wall in the living area.
Laundry rooms and bathrooms may be smaller but require maximum storage and are a great place to incorporate floating shelves. Linear or eschew layouts as described above work well in both rooms for storing linens or laundry items. Keep the design feel of the rest of the house in mind when creating your storage plan in these rooms. Use materials, finishes and colors to achieve your desired design - contemporary or traditional.
When planning to display heavier loads on your floating shelves, be sure to use heavy duty mounting brackets and install them into wall studs for maximum security. Federal Brace has floating shelf kits that come with the heavy duty mounting bracket for just this purpose. You want your artwork and pottery to remain safe by using the most secure brackets on the market. Click here for available sizes and finishes in floating shelf kits.