Shelving ideas - 10 of the best

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Add cute shabby chic shelves to display your favourite china collection and other treasures. Look in antique and junk shops or search on eBay for vintage shelving - and paint the interior different colours for an individual look.

1/10 Similar cabinet

floating shelves

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For more brilliant shelving ideas, check out our pick of the best floating shelves for inspiration.

2/10 Organised home office

home office

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Sort out your paperwork once and for all in your home office with shelves that run the length of a wall, making the most of a tight corner. Combine colourful stationery with more traditional office furniture for a relaxed, inspiring feel.

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3/10 Pretty kitchen display

kitchen display

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If you already have open shelving in your kitchen, why not add hooks so that you can display your favourite tea cups? Paint your shelves white to blend with a white wall to really show off your china collection.

Similar vintage china
China Search

4/10 Statement shelving

bookshelves with sofa and cushions

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Your collection of books in your living room can become decorative items in their own right displayed on fabulous open wall-to-wall shelving against a brightly painted wall.

Similar shelving

5/10 Kitchen open shelves

kitchen with cabinets

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This plain white kitchen is given bags of character with open shelving that has been made to fit neatly in the alcove. The dark wood contrasts well with the scheme and works beautifully as a kitchen storage solution.

Similar kitchen

6/10 Alcove floating shelves

floating shelves

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Use the alcoves either side of your fireplace as a fabulous place for display with sleek floating shelves. They'll work in traditional living rooms, like this one, when painted to blend in with the walls, and also in a modern scheme.

Similar shelves
Shelf Direct

7/10 Dining room display

dining table

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For a relaxed dining room, look out for ladder-style shelving on which to arrange photographs and accessories. Match the wood to your table and chairs for a seamless look.

Similar ladder shelving
Marks & Spencer

8/10 Below-basin shelf

bathroom with bathtub

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In a compact bathroom, boxed-in plumbing can become a useful shelf for everyday essentials. Paint or tile it so that it blends in with your scheme. Extra storage can be provided by a quirky vintage wooden crate or two.

Similar basin
Victoria Plumb
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9/10 Cubby-hole shelves

cubby hole shelves

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Perfect for a children's room, or as a quirky display in your living room, these cubby-hole shelves are ideal for showing off an eclectic and colourful collection. Look out for a reclaimed storage unit in antique or junk shops.

Similar shelves

10/10 Kitchen corner shelves

kitchen corner shelves

(Image credit: TBC)

Make use of even the slimmest of spaces in your kitchen with small shelves, like these, tucked between the end of a unit and a window. They're perfect for your tea caddy and coffee jar.

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Holly Walsh
Content Editor

Holly Walsh has been Content Editor at Ideal Home since 2021, but joined the brand back in 2015. With a background of studies in Interior Design, her career in interior journalism was a no-brainer and her passion for decorating homes is still as strong as it ever was. While Holly has written for most of the home titles at Future, including Livingetc, Country Homes & Interiors, Homes and Gardens and Style at Home, Ideal Home has always been her ideal home, and she can be found sharing her expertise and advice across both the printed magazine and the website too.