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21 Super Stylish Shelf Display Inspirations

I adore pretty shelves! Are yours not up to snuff when it comes to displaying your favorite finds and other such things? Click through the gallery below for 20 great ideas on how to create a functional and aesthetically pleasing shelving display in your space!

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  • Sentimental Treasures 1 of 20
    Sentimental Treasures
    I love a shelf that tells a story like this one. Displaying special treasures with style!
    via Beautiful Inspiration Designs
  • Office Shelf Space 2 of 20
    Office Shelf Space
    This photographer paired his collection of vintage cameras with a few other special trinkets and kind of kept a black and white theme going on. It looks great don't you think?
    via Design Sponge
  • Think Outside The Box 3 of 20
    Think Outside The Box
    Shelves and wall displays don't always need to be symmetrical and neat. Take a cue from this installment and get creative!
    via From Scandinavia With Love
  • Family Heirloom Display 4 of 20
    Family Heirloom Display
    Here's a great example of how to display priceless family photos, trinkets and heirlooms.
    via Frou Frugal
  • Space It Out 5 of 20
    Space It Out
    Give your things some room to breathe! Show off your hobbies and collected treasures without piling things on top of each other.
    via HGTV
  • Asymmetrical Appreciation 6 of 20
    Asymmetrical Appreciation
    Add some visual interest by avoiding mirror imagery. Hang things asymmetrically in odd numbers, shelves of 3 or 5 or even 7.
    inspiration via HGTV
  • Mixing Aesthetics 7 of 20
    Mixing Aesthetics
    I like how this display mixes up vintage and traditional elements with more modern elements like the patterns found on the plates.
    via House of Smiths
  • Bottled Goods 8 of 20
    Bottled Goods
    Why leave those pretty preserved goods hiding in the pantry? Here's a fun display idea!
    via Poetic Home
  • Keep It Coordinated 9 of 20
    Keep It Coordinated
    Tie things together with a basic color palate like this shelf.
    spotted via Remodelista
  • Non-Traditional Uses 10 of 20
    Non-Traditional Uses
    Put your collections to work! Those milk glass cups and vases make great containers for toiletries above.
    via Rue Mag
  • Stack Books For Height 11 of 20
    Stack Books For Height
    Use stacked books to give certain items on your shelf a little boost.
    via HGTV
  • Everything In Its Place 12 of 20
    Everything In Its Place
    I really like this movement with kitchen shelving away from shoving everything behind closed cupboard doors. Here's proof that kitchen shelves can be both functional and aesthetically pleasing.
    via 320 Sycamore
  • Organized With Style 13 of 20
    Organized With Style
    You know that old saying "a place for everything and everything in its place"? Yeah, that.
    via Apartment Therapy
  • Dining Room Design 14 of 20
    Dining Room Design
    Look past those lime green table runners to the shelves behind. I think this shelf display adds a fantastic personal touch to a room that can often feel impersonal.
    inspiration via Better Homes and Gardens
  • Kitchen Shelving 15 of 20
    Kitchen Shelving
    3 cheers for choosing kitchen dishes meant for use AND display. Don't these shelves look inviting?
    via Design Sponge
  • Mirrored Back 16 of 20
    Mirrored Back
    Add an eye-catching element to your shelves like this mirrored backing or even brightly patterned wallpaper to spice things up.
    via House and Home
  • Change One Thing 17 of 20
    Change One Thing
    Switch out your basic support brackets for something a little more interesting like the ribbon brackets pictured here. I think they really contribute to the display don't you?
    via Martha Stewart
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  • Stacked Table Display 19 of 20
    Stacked Table Display
    What about having the actual shelves themselves contribute to the display? This shelving unit is actually composed of 3 identical tables stacked and secured. I love the drama it adds to the room, what fun!
    via Apartment Therapy
  • Wallpaper Love 20 of 20
    Wallpaper Love
    Why not wallpaper the shelves themselves? I think it's a fun departure from painted and plain plus it ties things together so nicely with this color scheme seen above.
    via Martha Stewart

*lead image via Jonathan Adler

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