The space to the right of the garage door used to have a top cabinet with glass doors and backsplash. I instantly thought of "Fixer Upper" and said "Joanna would put open shelving here". I searched Instagram for inspiration. There are a lot of options when it comes to the design! Did I want floating shelves? Or use brackets? Then there were a million options for brackets!
I finally decided I wanted to use brackets and started searching Etsy. I stumbled upon SmokestackStudios and purchased these brackets from their shop. We ordered the raw steel finish and they came with their own screws. The shelves themselves came from one board my husband cut to size. I've been debating on a color/stain, but think I'll keep it natural for now!
1. It doesn't need to be symmetrical, but does need to be weighted evenly.
What does that mean? For example I have greenery on the bottom left, so don't want it on the top left as well. Another example, I have something tall/large in the center of the bottom, so I put the tall/large pieces on either end on the top shelf.
2. Consider the design as a whole, not just shelf by shelf.
3. Greenery is always good!
4. Display items of various heights on each shelf.
5. Don't be afraid to layer pieces to create dimension or a desired height.