Unify Areas Through Color When merging pieces from different design styles, a coat of paint can easily help you unify pieces. Notice how the modern white floating shelves look right at home with the vintage desk. Originally the desk was black, but after a couple of coats of high-gloss paint we have a duo that is not only functional, but also easy on the eyes. Photo courtesy of Camila Pavone.
If you don't have much space to work with, concentrate on building up instead of building out. These floating shelves, for instance, are stylish and practical. What makes them even better is their budget-friendly price tag—each one came out to just $40 in wood.