Creative Uses And Ideas For Wall-Mounted Shelves In Home Decor

Wall-mounted shelves are easy to build, easy to install and easy to remodel and that allows them to also become incredibly versatile and easy to work with from almost every point of view. They complete the decor and they can be installed in every part of the house. There’s a way to make the most of wall-mounted shelving in every room and space in your home. They’re useful for storage but also for displaying decorations, collections and other things and they’re also excellent when you just want to put something on a blank wall.

Like we mentioned, wall-mounted shelves can be added to any room of the house. In the kitchen you could use them to store and organize things like your spice jars, utensils, towel rolls, coffee mugs and pretty much everything else that you’d otherwise keep on the counter. Free up your counter space so you can have more room for prepping and cooking. You don’t need to overthink this whole process. Just use the shelves for the items you use most often.

Box-style shelves like these ones are great because they look neat and they provide two surfaces on which to put thingsView in gallery
Box-style shelves like these ones are great because they look neat and they provide two surfaces on which to put things
These shallow and minimalist wall shelves are designed to keep magazines. An interesting alternative to a rackView in gallery
These shallow and minimalist wall shelves are designed to keep magazines. An interesting alternative to a rack
There are lots of different types of shelves to choose from. Base your decision on the style that you preferView in gallery
There are lots of different types of shelves to choose from. Base your decision on the style that you prefer
A shelving unit can be used in more than one way. You can mix and match the items that you store and display on itView in gallery
A shelving unit can be used in more than one way. You can mix and match the items that you store and display on it

In the kids’ room or in the nursery a few wall-mounted shelves can be very practical. They could be used as storage surfaces for books, toys and other things kids love to look at. Make sure you install them at a comfortably low level so the kids can use them. You can take this opportunity to teach them how to be organized and to clean their rooms themselves.

Obviously, open shelves can be easily added to living rooms, dining areas, offices, hallways and of course libraries and even bedrooms and bathrooms. You can use them as bookshelves, organizers or surfaces on which to display personal items like framed photos, collectibles, favorite candles, vases, planters and anything else that fits. In the bathroom you can use shelves to keep toiletries and other things handy and reachable or to organize your makeup products, towels and toilet paper rolls in a creative way.

These wall-mounted shelves are simple and they have a graphical and pretty eye-catching designView in gallery
These wall-mounted shelves are simple and they have a graphical and pretty eye-catching design
A shelf can double as a small desk if it's deep enough. You can use this strategy if you don't want the desk to stand outView in gallery
A shelf can double as a small desk if it’s deep enough. You can use this strategy if you don’t want the desk to stand out
Open shelves are often used as display surfaces for decorative items such as candles, vases, even plantersView in gallery
Open shelves are often used as display surfaces for decorative items such as candles, vases, even planters
Not all shelves are flat and simple. Some are combined into interesting-looking modules like these onesView in gallery
Not all shelves are flat and simple. Some are combined into interesting-looking modules like these ones
If you plan on using the shelves to organize and display your book collection, consider installing dividers or using bookendsView in gallery
If you plan on using the shelves to organize and display your book collection, consider installing dividers or using bookends
Mix and match the items that you display on a shelf for a bit of diversity. For example, put books next to plantersView in gallery
Mix and match the items that you display on a shelf for a bit of diversity. For example, put books next to planters
When displaying collections, try to alternate the heights of the items or to somehow avoid being too symmetrical and mainstreamView in gallery
When displaying collections, try to alternate the heights of the items or to somehow avoid being too symmetrical and mainstream
These shelves only give the impression of being cube-shaped. This small detail makes them stand out in a creative wayView in gallery
These shelves only give the impression of being cube-shaped. This small detail makes them stand out in a creative way

Speaking of creative, wall-mounted shelves don’t just include those basic rectangular planks that you probably have in mind. There are tons of interesting and ingenious designs to choose from and you can even come up with something unique yourself if you plan on making some DIY shelves. You could use reclaimed materials to give them more character or you could repurpose some items into shelves, such as old drawers, boxes, ladders, suitcases, even an old guitar shell or a skateboard.

Instead of several individual shelves you could have a shelving unit that seamlessly links the shelves togetherView in gallery
Instead of several individual shelves you could have a shelving unit that seamlessly links the shelves together
The shelves can be simple and bland and the focus can be on the items that you put on display on themView in gallery
The shelves can be simple and bland and the focus can be on the items that you put on display on them
Wall-mounted shelves and shelving units are often accessories combined with storage cabinets and console tablesView in gallery
Wall-mounted shelves and shelving units are often accessories combined with storage cabinets and console tables

You can also be creative when populating the shelves with the things that you want to neatly organize or to showcase. Diversity is often a good idea so alternate the heights of the objects, their colors or shapes and consider mixing and matching different types of items. For example, books, planters, sculptures and boxes can also be displayed together on a set of shelves and the result wouldn’t be boring at all but rather well-balanced and harmonious.

You can use shelves to turn a dead corner space into a nice-looking area that's also functional in a stylish wayView in gallery
You can use shelves to turn a dead corner space into a nice-looking area that’s also functional in a stylish way
Alternate open and closed shelves and cubbies and ditch symmetry in favor of a unique installationView in gallery
Alternate open and closed shelves and cubbies and ditch symmetry in favor of a unique installation