Shelves can be used for function or fun but either way, they should be used with an intention in mind. Gone are the days that we create a high shelf to put plastic plants on. Today, we create shelves for intentional purposes – either to display art, books or even to define a room.
In this image there is functional vase storage created within the wall framing. Shallow shelves are sometimes the most functional. In the bathroom, the boxes were purchased before the shelves were built to assure that they were the right size. To find a basket or box after the shelf is built becomes a tedious task that can often not be achieved. If you are creating a custom space, why not build it around your functional needs?
How about some more ideas from this article 8 Beautiful Ideas for Creating Floating Shelves.