10 Floating Shelves To Create Contemporary Wall Display

Floating shelves are a sleek, contemporary solution to dress up a blank wall while adding a little extra storage or display space. Affordable and easy to install, floating wall shelves appear to jut out of a wall in a modern, minimalist way.

Whether you add a floating wall shelf to your home as wall decor or additional storage, remember that the art is in the display. Some ways to use a floating wall shelf in a room include:

–For displaying framed photos
–To create a color-unified display
–To hold a flower vase or candle arrangement
–Arranged in a stacked group for organized storage
–Placed over a work area to clear the table or countertop of clutter
–As a nightstand replacement in a small bedroom

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Regardless of how you use a floating wall shelf, keep the display items organized, to a minimum and artfully arranged. Our 10 favorite floating shelves to have now are:

1. Umbra Conceal Floating Shelf

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2 sizes, 5-1/2″ W x 5-1/2″ D x 5-1/2″ H or 7″ W x 6-1/2″ D x 5-1/2″ H, $13-$15
Available at www.thecontainerstore.com

For a cool, stacked-book effect, Umbra’s conceal floating shelf display seems to defy gravity. Available in 2 sizes, small for a single stack and large for a double stack, try one for displaying cookbooks in the kitchen or favorite book collections in a home study.

2. Container Store Espresso Profile Shelves

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3 sizes, 24” W x 5-3/4″ D x 3/4″ H, 36”x 5-3/4″ D x 3/4″ H and 48” x 5-3/4″ D x 3/4″ H, $20.99 – $26.24
Available at www.thecontainerstore.com

These sleek, espresso color floating shelves add a unique touch to contemporary shelves by featuring deeply beveled edges. Try a grouping of these in various sizes to display your favorite objects.

3. West Elm Wedge Shelf

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2 sizes, 24″ W x 8″D x 5″ H and 36” x 8″D x 5″ H, $79 – $99
Available at www.westelm.com

Clean and simple in a white lacquer finish, the Wedge Shelf has a steel bracket inner frame to keep it sturdy.

4. CB2 Plank Wall Mounted Shelf 

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1 size, 38” W x 8″D x 3.25″ H, $129
Available at www.cb2.com

The sleek brushed stainless rods coupled with exotic Indian shesham wood give this floating wall shelf a warm, modern appeal at home in contemporary decor ranging from Mid-Century Modern to Industrial.

5. Franklin Corner Shelf by Tronk Design at Wayfair.com

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1 size, 20″ W x 20″ D x 23.75″ H, $400
Available at www.wayfair.com

A perfect floating shelf design for a neglected corner, the Franklin Corner Shelf comes in 3 color stains to match your decor including: Walnut, Maple (shown) and Cherry.

6. Ikea EKBY MOSSBY Stainless Shelf

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2 sizes, 31” W x 7 1/2″ D x 2″ H or 46 ” x 11″ D x 2″ H, $19.99 – $29.99
Available at www.ikea.com

These affordable and durable stainless floating shelves are a fantastic addition in a kitchen or anywhere some shine or an industrial touch is needed.

7. Crate and Barrel Styles Glass Shelf with Brushed Nickel Hardware

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2 sizes, 24” W x 5.5″ D x 0.75″ H or 36” W x 5.5″ D x 0.75″ H, $89.90 – $99.90
Available at www.crateandbarrel.com

When wood looks too heavy for your room’s walls, try glass floating shelves, like the Styles from Crate and Barrel. Made with tempered glass and brushed nickel hardware, these shelves are contemporary and unique.

8. Room and Board Float Box Wall Shelves

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3 sizes, 12” W x 6″D x 5″ H, 24” W x 6″D x 5″ H, 36” W x 6″D x 5″ H, $149 – $189
Available at www.roomandboard.com

The Float Box Shelf is handmade in the USA in your choice of beautifully-grained American Walnut or Maple. The boxy and modern shelf design makes a bold, modern statement.

9. Kartell Shelfish Shelf at Lumens.com

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1 size, 17.8″ W x 6.1″ D x Height 1.58″ H, $140
Available at www.lumens.com

Groovy and modern in durable PPMA plastic, the Shelfish Shelf is available in colors including Tangerine, Sunset Blue, Crystal, Amber and Smoke. The translucent appearance of this floating shelf gives a wall a splash of color while still appearing light and airy. For a unique look, mount a favorite color combination of your choice.

10. Envision® Wall Mounted Aluminum Shelf at allmodern.com

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8 sizes between 12” – 96”, all 8.25″ D x 1.75″ H, $70.95 – $419.95
Available at www.allmodern.com

Light and sleek, these floating shelves come in a variety of sizes for all your needs. Made of aluminum, they’re easy to mount and surprisingly sturdy, all while creating a minimalist, floating wall space.

Take a look at your home and figure out where you can use a floating shelf. Adding one or a few is a quick and easy project that will infuse your walls with the latest trend in contemporary design. Which floating wall shelf do you like most?

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