Add A Minimalist Look To Your Space With Floating Shelves

Marie Kondo has said it a million times over: keeping your space clean and clutter free will elicit the most joy. Marie Kondo has revolutionized the way we think about minimalism. As we have come to know, like second nature, less is more. Homeowners have repeatedly shown us how important it is to keep a minimalist space, and floating shelves have been a top trending way to achieve this minimalist look in 2022. Floating shelves remove the bulky nature of cabinets, while also pushing homeowners to consolidate their shelving needs.

The nature of floating shelves means that things stored on them will be on display. But they also create easy access to everyday necessities. Floating shelves make for great space makers around desks, offices and studies because they allow for easy organization and quick access.

Finally, floating shelves offer complete exposure and creative freedom but need adequate support.
We love the creative solutions floating shelves provide. We want to share a few tips for using floating shelves in your home or office.

1. Mindful and minimal

Floating shelves are completely exposed. Some people might consider this a disadvantage because clutter might be revealed or shelves might get dusty.

We see this as an opportunity to stay clean, organized, and mindful. You might have to be more deliberate with what you place on your shelves but trust us. With no place to hide, you will notice the contents of your shelves tend to be more tidy and intentional. Plus, this is the perfect opportunity to really show off your favorite decor.

Exposed Floating Shelves

2. Think outside the box

Floating shelves can be used in practically any application. We see floating shelves in kitchens the most, usually flanking the sink or stovetop, but we’re noticing a lot more in bathrooms and living rooms. Where a traditional fireplace might be flanked by upper cabinets or open shelving, people opt for floating shelves instead. In bathrooms, we notice a preference for floating shelves near the tub or vanity.

When it comes to layout, consider alignment and spacing. Three shelves in a perfect row will create a sense of order but offset them and you could have something more inventive and playful. The rule of thumb for spacing is 12 inches between each shelf but bump that up to 15 or 18 inches and you enhance that sense of exposure and accessibility. Length is where you’ll see the most variation.

Bathroom open floating shelves
floating shelves


The longest shelf The Olde Mill ever produced was 11 feet long, but the longest they are able to produce is 25 feet long.

3. Don’t cut any corners

When designing a space, efficiency is everything. We want to ensure every inch of a room serves a purpose, so when we look at an exposed corner, we immediately think, “Is there any reason I can’t put a shelf here?” Corners can go overlooked sometimes, but we find they are a great opportunity to incorporate more storage space where you might not expect it. For display purposes, place something on the outside corner of a shelf to have it stand out from its surroundings.

4. Function and form

Floating shelves can be used for more than just storage and showcasing. Run some lights through them and you can create a spectacular display. Downlighting is a practical choice for shelves placed above countertops, workspaces, and paths of travel. Uplighting can create a dramatic effect for those looking to make a statement, or just illuminate more empty space.

kitchen light floating shelves

5. Everyone needs support sometimes

Finally, you’ll want to make sure your floating shelves are sturdy, rigid, and well-secured. Develop a plan for your floating shelves and set up blocking behind your drywall to give the shelf something solid to mount upon. Don’t skimp on your mounting brackets, either. Account for what you’ll be using your shelves for, and how much weight they will have to support, as well as any unexpected weight. In other words, play it safe. The last thing you want is all your favorite cups crashing down around you just because you added one to the collection.

If you couldn’t tell by now, we simply love floating shelves and the endless options they bring to the home. The Olde Mill crafts hollow floating shelves out of reclaimed pine because they believe floating shelves should have the unbeatable look of antique wood as well as the modern advantages of an engineered product. Check them out at!

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