Many people, including myself, have opted for floating shelves as bookshelves however, I love the idea of floating shelves inlieu of a console table or side table. When space is at a premium, floating shelves is a nice option to help keep things from looking too heavy. Here's a round up to help get your creative juices flowing...
This orange is gutsy don't you think? I love the floating shelf here... via Canadian H&H
Suzanne Dimma's entryway seen in the November issue of Canadian House & House. I love this modern classic feel. The blue zig zag rug is a nice change from the black & white we often see... also, if red is in your holiday decor, you could swap out the blue for red rug for the season!
Great use for a floating cabinet here... image via Canadian House & Home online TV, Gutsy & Glam
I think a larger art piece and something below is needed here but I like the two toned floater. via Eve Robinson Associates
This could be used to house a TV or statement piece in a living room or dining room. via icon custom furniture
Perhaps you have a bunch of old crates laying around... stack them like this, put a bench under it and you have a perfect storage & seating area for your mudroom! via houzz.
Placing the small table under this unit makes it from looking out of place... great idea! Lonny Magazine October/November.
Lastly, remember the pictures I shared with you from the Steven & Chris show - I absolutely loved the floating shelves they had behind the kitchen set... see it here if you missed it!