Office Shelves

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Creative Open Office Shelves

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This post has been updated since it’s original publish date of September 2014.

Today we are on post number three of my Guest Room and Office Makeover.  There are so many beautiful crafts, creative details and helpful organizing tips I used into today’s Open Office Shelves post and be on the lookout for my little Ikea hack.

Check out all the posts I’ve done for this room below…

Upgrading IKEA Open Shelves

When I saw these simple Open concept Ikea Wall shelves (similar), I fell in love.  We made a quick trip up to Colorado to IKEA, we sadly don’t have one in New Mexico and I picked four of them up!

They shelf brackets came black, but I knew I could paint the metal gold and they would be perfect for our guest room and office space.  I love Ikea, so versatile and easy to update per your taste… yay for an Ikea hack!  Did I mention they were only $7.99 a piece.

I took the brackets outside and gave them each a few light coats of paint in my favorite Rustolem spray paint. They had the perfect golden glisten now and were ready to install!

Colorful Open Office Shelves

Other great shelf bracket options…

Open Concept Shelving tips

I love open concept shelves when you are looking to display items.

Tips to using open concept shelves are displaying what you use everyday, adding layers to create depth, using different textures to create interest, use the rule of three and displaying contrasting sizes and shapes.

This shelf holds a coral piece that we used as decoration at our wedding, a few fun prints and a sand timer.

Eclectic Office Shelf

I hung a single light over the corner desk and shelf area to provide just a bit more light in this area. You can read more about how I wrapped an open light fixture cord. Adding the mint green to the corner really added color and interest!

Colorful Office Shelves

How great is this galvanized mail holder.  I have passed on purchasing it so many times, not knowing what I would use it for, but it works perfectly near my desk for holding little notes.

Creative Office Desk Supplies

The top shelf holds some of my favorite recent design books (Chalkboard Lettering, Young House Love + Design Sponge at Home), one of my painted mason jars and a fun floral porcupine print.

Colorful Open Office Shelves

Looking for all the updates in one place?  Check out my Guest Room + Office Makeover Reveal post.

Want to see some of the creative crafts I used in this room?


  1. delineateyourdwelling says:

    Thanks so much for stopping by, Anna! Our desk is a few years old and it’s from I think they are still selling them. I’ve seen similar ones at Ikea, however, too.

    1. Yay, thank you! Found it, but unfortunately it would overspend my budget. Too bad. The Ikea-one was my plan b, guess I’ll have to stick to that. 😉

      1. delineateyourdwelling says:

        Ours is too big anyhow, I’d pick the Ikea one if I could do it over again!

        1. Haha, let me know if you ever wanna get rid of it. 😉

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