I love Marie Kondo. Really, I do. Like a lot of people, I sat on the floor in my closet and went through a bag of old shoes I’ve had since high school and pondered intently whether they gave me joy or whether I should discard them. In most cases, I was able to sensibly let go (except for a beloved pair platform clog sandals — I always knew they’d be coming back!). But it was a different story when combing through the random detritus I’ve collected over the years — tchotchkes, mementos, books with pretty covers, scores from the Anthropologie sale bins, family photos and for some reason a number of decorative pineapples. Hoarding this stuff may amount to a monthly payment to Manhattan Mini Storage, but it does give me a spark of joy, just enough not to want to part with it all. So I came up with a solution whereby I can keep my cherished things and forego the storage fees: wall shelves!
Never has there been a design fix that serves so many purposes at once — not only was I able to keep my stuff, but I was able to display it all beautifully, too, and feel ultra organized. Hey, Marie Kondo, here’s an idea for your next book: The Life-Changing Magic of Wall Shelves.
Find your wall shelf style below…
Industrial: Industrial Pipe Wall Shelf
A two-tiered shelf that will shine brightly under your Edison bulbs.
Mod: Dolle Long Cube Floating Wall Shelves - 3 Pack
More of a gin and tonic type? These shelves are glossy and chic, and will nicely accent your mod sofa.
Preppy: Trend Lab Chevron Wall Shelf
Kid Friendly: Beaumont White Shelving Collection
Tired of washing crayon marks off the walls? Make a vertical activity center with this ingenious shelving system from Land of Nod.
Design-y: Origami Shelves
Or get really creative and plot a whole wall-scape with these mix-and-match origami shelves — finally, you’re doing something with your art degree!
Glam: Adler Glass Wall Ledge
Grown up and, oh, so glamorous. Goes well with sparkly things.
Timeless: Marble Mix & Match Wall Shelf Collection
Marble is always in style — and the selection of brackets are too fab.
Farmhouse: Farmhouse Shelf Set
You may not have a country house upstate, but a girl can dream, right?
Boho: Diamond Inlay Shelf
Earthy with an heirloom look, a nice place to park your plants and Ganesh figurines.
Functional: Cameron Bathroom Shelf
Some people see a basic bathroom shelf. I see a crash pad for my favorite books, photos and candles — and some S-hooks on that bar for hanging hats and scarves.
Traditional: Brick and Barrel Classic 4-Piece Ledge Set
Old fashioned without being fussy, this is a perfect complement to classic lines, crown molding, and the occasional hot toddy.
Nautical: Modern Walnut Wood Floating Wall Shelf
Beachy with a touch of rustic, some serious knot skills went into making this shelf system. My, is it yar.
Aquatic: Shark Wall Cubby
An adorable wall shark for your kid’s endless collection of shark toys. I’ll need about three of these.
Geo: Diamond Cross Planes Shelf
Give a nod to the geometric design trend and make just about anything look good with these shelves.
Scandi: Meiners Wood Wall Shelf
An affordable homage to a Danish design classic, this is a must-have!
Luxe: Gold Leaf Wall Shelf
And they come in a glossy, shiny version, as well, for folks who like a little polish. Your stuff is gonna look good.
Tiki: Double Wall Shelf
Organic Modernist: Tori Tri-Tier Shelf
A design snob’s dream — the perfect shelving to show off all your fave keepers from MoMA Design.
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