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We've Found the Perfect Wall Shelf for Every Single Interior Design Style

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By Patricia Cunningham

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…


A two-tiered shelf that will shine brightly under your Edison bulbs.


More of a gin and tonic type? These shelves are glossy and chic, and will nicely accent your mod sofa.


Display all your mementos from dear old Gran on this cheerful shelf with classic chevron styling — and there are hooks for your favorite cardigans and Muffy’s leash.

Kid Friendly: 

Tired of washing crayon marks off the walls? Make a vertical activity center with this ingenious shelving system from Land of Nod.


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!


Grown up and, oh, so glamorous. Goes well with sparkly things.


Marble is always in style — and the selection of brackets are too fab.


You may not have a country house upstate, but a girl can dream, right?


Earthy with an heirloom look, a nice place to park your plants and Ganesh figurines.


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.


Old fashioned without being fussy, this is a perfect complement to classic lines, crown molding, and the occasional hot toddy.


Beachy with a touch of rustic, some serious knot skills went into making this shelf system. My, is it yar.


An adorable wall shark for your kid’s endless collection of shark toys. I’ll need about three of these.


Give a nod to the geometric design trend and make just about anything look good with these shelves.


An affordable homage to a Danish design classic, this is a must-have!


And they come in a glossy, shiny version, as well, for folks who like a little polish. Your stuff is gonna look good.


You’ve got a thing for Polynesian décor, and that’s OK! I say go all in.

Organic Modernist: 

A design snob’s dream — the perfect shelving to show off all your fave keepers from MoMA Design.


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