By Elly Leavitt

Published on July 16, 2018

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Photography by Aaron Bengochea

When every inch of your home is valuable (something that rings especially true for small space dwellers), decorating necessitates creativity with storage options. Which is why floating shelves, that make use of typically overlooked wall space, are so genius. Pick something easy to install in a timeless style for a functional piece you’ll actually want to look at.

Our favorite source for these? High & Mighty, whose shelves come with a hanging template for no-fuss installation, can hold up to 25 lbs of decor, and don’t require any tools to hang. In the words of Domino Style Editor Elaina Sullivan, “Finally! A floating shelf that doesn’t require a drill and a handyman. It took me less than a minute to install High & Mighty’s floating shelves, and they look absolutely beautiful.”

Each shelf has a ready to use template with a built-in level that shows you exactly where and how to install the hangers. Simply stick the template on your wall (making sure it’s drywall only), push the hanging hardware into place, and slide the shelf into place—it’s really that easy.

Available in either flat or beveled styles and in white, black, or a deep espresso, the options for customizing these floating shelves are limitless. We styled our favorites three different ways for three different uses to prove just how versatile this smart storage solution really is.

Inspired Kitchen Solution

No pantry, no problem: We used the High & Mighty White 18” Floating Shelf to create stacked shelving that contrast nicely with the deep black paint in the background. Keeping kitchen supplies and pantry items easily accessible, the storage system adds interest to the empty wall—a particularly great option for tiny kitchens with minimal cabinet space.

Looking for something a little less sleek and structured? High & Mighty’s shelves come in three different sizes—18”, 24”, and 36”—so you can play around with dimensions and create a more eclectic-looking display.

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Elevated Architectural Detail

Using the High & Mighty Beveled White 24″ Floating Shelf, which has a bit of antique-inspired detailing, we crafted an alternative to hanging planters that any green thumb will love. Play with height by bringing in a ladder to bridge the gap between sofa and shelves—it’s also a great way to bring in texture via a cozy throw blanket artfully draped over the ladder. The texture and greenery make for the perfect little reading nook in which to unwind after a long day.

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Gallery-Inspired Low Hanging Art

We love a good gallery wall as much as the next person, but the actual hanging and arranging process can be daunting. For a less stressful but just as impactful art display, try arranging some of your favorite pieces on a floating shelf and using it as a mantel of sorts. We opted for two High & Mighty Black Flat 24” Floating Shelves for a sleek, minimalist backdrop. The sturdy build of each shelf ensures you can pile on as much art as you want, while the simple design doesn’t detract from any statement-making pieces on display.

We complemented the lower height (and overall more casual vibe) of this shelf system with some equally laid-back accessories. A woven floor cushion is an informal yet stylish alternative to bulkier seating. Eschew the end table in favor of stacking books directly on the floor; topped off with a sculptural piece for the perfect finishing touch.