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12 designs that will put some life into that shelf!

Kamla Villanueva Kamla Villanueva
Orchard End Zodiac Design Modern style study/office
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Like they say, opportunity has a shelf life, so it's now or never! Shelves have the tendency to look bulky and boring, in this case, let Homify show you some creative ideas on how you could make it more interesting and beautiful. If you're renovating or refurbishing your home, then, might as well take this opportunity to make some changes on those shelves as well.

1. Modern geometric shelf

Contemporarily Dashing | BUNGALOW Design Spirits Modern style study/office
Design Spirits

Contemporarily Dashing | BUNGALOW

Design Spirits

This shelf has glass cabinets with magnetised enclosure for those items that may not be as pleasant for display or as hiding area for those seasonal christmas decors.

2. Pixelized concept

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Having disparate-sized shelf space creates a unique artistic design that looks like an array of digital pixels.  

3. Desk with a built-in shelf

Refurbishment for Cristina & Juan Carlos Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos Modern style study/office
Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos

Refurbishment for Cristina & Juan Carlos

Pablo Muñoz Payá Arquitectos

Having a desk with a built-in shelf bolted from the ceiling is a fresh and unique design that is sure to turn heads.

4. Sleek and rustic

Installing dark coloured wood onto a rough-finished wall creates that rustic appeal that is raw sleek. Adding in some accent lighting greatly adds some dramatic effect to the space.

5.Stylish and functional

Using metal bars without a flat panel is a very unusual way of setting up a shelf. For some reason, it seems like it's challenging the laws of physics; but with the help of geometry, this idea really works!

6.Fun and creative

Adding shelves onto a blackboard wall is a wonderful and fun way to make a room both interesting and functional.

7.A corner office

This taupe coloured wall and shelves make a great background for a study. It looks warm yet sophisticated. The matte finish and the light oak wood along the borders also highlights its shape.

8.Library along a staircase

The Harry Potter staircase Zodiac Design Modern style study/office
Zodiac Design

The Harry Potter staircase

Zodiac Design

This beautiful Harry Potter inspired shelf will make you think of Hogwarts! Such whimsical and nostalgic design that it's bout to be a haven for book lovers!

9.Industrial style

Crates and metal bars arranged in an organised chaos. It's a very rustic industrial take that is sure to add pizzazz to a bare wall.


Having a sleek custom built shelf and study that protrudes out of the wall creating a polished streamlined look.

11.As a divider

Shelves can also be used to divide a space without making the areas look too constricting. Being able to partially see through it creates a dimensional effect that, in a way, can make a room cosier.

12.As a design statement with coloured inner walls

Fitting in a few crates with colours like blue and white along the disparate sized shelf space provides such a fun and intriguing design. A cool and fresh addition to the warm wood tones of the room. 

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