Wall Mounted Shelving Ideas

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Wall Mounted Shelving Ideas
Wall-mounted shelves match any decor theme, including French country kitchens. (colonial kitchen image by george mai from Fotolia.com)

Let wall-mounted shelves in beautiful wood finishes like oak, teak, walnut, mahogany, pine and chestnut change any room in your home. You can buy ready-made shelves of various sizes, colours and finishes at the home improvement store, or you can use reclaimed or fresh lumber to fashion your own shelves. What you do with the shelves makes empty walls look more interesting, organises the room and creates more floor space.

Plant Shelves

If you have a brilliant or dark colour on the walls of the living room, dining room or kitchen, you might offset this colour with white trim. Some homes have white trim throughout, running along borders of windows and doors and matched by crown or base moulding everywhere walls, floors and ceilings meet. Use white wall-mounted shelves to contrast monochromatic paint and match the white trim work. To add more colour to this type of room, decorate white shelves with artificial or real floral arrangements and other colourful plants. If you tire of plants, switch them for pottery or other knick-knacks.


One of the biggest challenges in a settled home is how to organise clutter. Your pantry is a perfect space to transform with wall-mounted shelving. For example, you can remove wire shelving spaced so far apart vertically in the pantry. Choose wood shelves of the same width to create twice as many shelves. Stack foods by size, with shelves for jams and jellies, glassware, soup cans, large canisters, boxes of dried goods, spices, soda cans, noodles and other sundries. This type of organisation makes it easy to find things quickly and is the perfect solution for shallow wall space.

Utility Room

Your utility room is one of those oftten-neglected places perfect for adding wall-mounted shelves. The most obvious place to install a large wall-mounted shelf is over the washer and dryer. You can add more shelves, depending on the room size, to store other household goods. These shelves will store things you might normally store in linen and coat closets, areas below sinks and kitchen pantries. Whether you store cleaning supplies, blankets, rags, sleeping bags or sundries, utility shelves get household stuff out of the way in a room used just a few times a week.

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