Organizing and Styling 24-Inch Floating Shelves

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One reason to love floating shelves is that they come in various sizes to fit different areas of the home. Many of us have small, awkward spaces that need some TLC, so today let’s look at how to organize and style 24 inch floating shelves. Whether your main priority is aesthetic appeal, function, or a nice balance of both, smaller floating shelves may be the perfect solution for your space!

Why Use Smaller-Sized Floating Shelves?

Floating shelves work well in small spaces because they maximize storage by utilizing the vertical space available in the room. The use of this space also makes the room feel bigger by drawing the eye up. Many floating shelves - like these White Oak Floating Shelves - have hidden brackets, which gives the area a streamlined and clean look - which in turn helps it feel open and airy. 

Every room should have a focal point and floating shelves are a simple way to help create one. A very small wall might look best with one shelf hung at eye level with a bold wallpaper design behind it. A larger wall will easily fit multiple shelves - and 24-inch floating shelves are a nice size to serve as the foundation of a gallery display. When using multiple shelves, they can be hung perfectly vertically or horizontally with each other to continue the streamlined look. Or they can be hung asymmetrically to give the space extra flair. 

How to Hang and Style Your 24-inch Floating Shelves 

When styling your shelves, don't overthink the process. Consider the room you're decorating and choose items based on functionality and relevance to the space. While you could easily display plants, baskets, art or signs, sculptures, and even books in any room, it's smart to incorporate some items based on the purpose they serve. Meaning:

  • Don't display your Shakespeare novels in the kitchen - cookbooks are a better choice.
  • Baskets in the bathroom make great storage for toiletries and beauty products.
  • Green plants are a nice, earthy addition to any room, but a flower arrangement is bright and bold in a guest bedroom, giving it a welcoming feel. 

And the list goes on, but you get the idea - styling floating shelves is a fun time to get creative. 

Now that you have decided on the items you want to display on your smaller-sized floating shelves, you might be curious how to arrange them. When looking at your shelves straight-on, envision an "X" and arrange your items using this as a rough guide to stagger your items to give the space a cohesive look. It's best practice to then select the largest items and place them on the shelf first and fill the remaining area around them with smaller items. Don't be afraid to shuffle items around and test a few different looks to discover the look you enjoy most. 

Final Tips for 24-Inch Floating Shelves

We've discovered that smaller-sized floating shelves are great for smaller spaces - but know that they can work well in bigger rooms as well. They give the ability to get creative by hanging them in various formations to create a unique, one-of-a-kind wall display. Now take some time to browse your options to discover the perfect shelving option for your space. 

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