You can even go to another level and create brackets that match the theme of the room. For example, try glued-together kitchen utensils for an eye-grabbing set of brackets in the kitchen. Or how about gluing old video cassettes to a thin metal bracket for a shelf next to the TV? You can also take cheap brackets and decorate them. Try attaching CDs onto brackets for a striking stereo shelf or sticking ribbons and bows on a plain shelf bracket in a little girl’s room? The sky’s the limit. Go wild with some decorative shelf brackets.
Size is important too. It’s important for the bracket to properly support the shelf that it’s holding up. A common mistake is to buy brackets that are either to big or too small for the shelves. If they’re too big then they’ll stick out, and if they’re too small then the shelf could be unstable and dangerous. The projection of the bracket (the part that sticks out from the wall and holds the shelf) should extend to within an inch of the outer edge of the shelf.