If You Have a Picture Ledge in Your Living Room, Consider Hanging It in This Unexpected Spot

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Floating shelves and photo ledges are great ways to add decor in your home without taking up any floor space. At first glance, these perches may seem like small-space solutions, but they really can work for anyone. A general rule of thumb for mounting floating shelves is to either place them at eye level, or about four to five feet from the floor.

But in a recent house tour, Sarah Campbell and her fiancé Nick showed how mounting their photo ledge away from eye level on a large, blank wall in their cool apartment in Los Angeles, California, totally works. On the whole, the space is bright, airy, and really well-designed. “I’m not an interior designer but work as a graphic designer,” Campbell says. She considers designing their home a personal project that she’s super proud of and put a lot of time and effort into every detail. “This project has been my creative outlet during quarantine and is a true expression of all the things I love,” she adds.

The far wall of their living room was large, white, and the perfect blank canvas for doing something different. For a while, Campbell wanted to find a single, oversized piece of art to fill the space, but the search was harder (and more expensive!) than she expected. “So instead, I thought of creating a space that could be treated as an art gallery with rotating smaller pieces,” Campbell says. That’s where the floating shelf came in, and it’s mounted very low — hovering about four to five inches (not feet!) above the ground.

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Campbell’s low shelf inspiration actually came from a photo she saw on Apartment Therapy. “I started to look for 16-foot shelves that would span the entire length of the wall,” she says. “I realized 16-foot floating shelves are hard to come by unless you have one custom-built.” So she and her fiancé custom-built the ledge themselves using two eight-foot white boards from The Home Depot and six corner brackets. To make the brackets blend into the wall, she painted them all the same color as the wall for a more seamless look. The entire project actually ended up costing less than $100.

“Since then we’ve had fun filling it with smaller pieces and a painting,” says Campbell. The best part is the couple can switch out pieces whenever they feel like it, and when you walk into their space, you definitely notice this unique feature.

Savannah West

Home Assistant Editor

Savannah is a master binge-watcher and home cook. When she’s not testing new recipes or re-watching Gossip Girl, you can find her on Facetime with her grandma. Savannah is a news producer turned lifestyle blogger and professional homebody. She has a bachelors in journalism from Clark Atlanta University, a certification in Digital Storytelling and is earning her Master’s degree from Harvard University. Savannah believes every day is a good day and there’s nothing good food can’t fix.