Design Opportunities of Open Shelving January 24, 2012

While open shelves were probably first designed to hold daily essentials, today…or at least in my world, they offer wonderful points of interest in a room. Give me a nook to fill and I’m at peace with the world.
Some decorate shelves, sticking to a color scheme…

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While pretty, these shelves would never end up in my home because my style is so much more eclectic.

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Now, I don’t know what it took to collect all of these old red books, but I sure love how an old door was used to enclose the space.

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And how clever is it to create shelving with a recipe on the wall? Better yet, how cute is it to make a hot cocoa station!? Perfect for cold weather months and especially during the holidays, when Santa might need a warm one!

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Then, of course, some decorate shelves, keeping to a theme, like all of these gorgeous natural elements.

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Shelves in our home are a mix of books, photos of family and friends, and momentous, old and new. The back wall of this book case would be a perfect spot for the new paintable 3-D bead board wall paper available now.

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I dream of a craft room, like these, in my next life!

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Open shelving gives you a chance to express yourself and tell your story. It’s a great place to add color and texture in a room and make it uniquely yours. If you’ll be adding shelving soon, be sure to think about adding background lighting and where you might need an electrical outlet or two. Remember, less is usually better than more, when it comes to open shelving. Over-packing the shelves with every photo ever framed, or “do-dad” ever collected, will detract from the overall look. Think about rotating pieces in or out, throughout the year, to keep it interesting and “fresh”. If you need a helping hand, call me! I’d love to help!

Thanks so much for stopping by! You brighten my day!

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3 Comments

  1. Jane on January 25, 2012 at 12:22 pm

    Great post..when do you find the time?

    • Barbara Bussey on January 25, 2012 at 2:00 pm

      Well, foe one, I don’t work 6 days a week like you. Next time you get a new phone, try the iPhone, because you can post new blog postings directly from the phone. Then you could do it right at work during slow periods.

  2. ADP Store on September 16, 2013 at 3:55 pm

    Love your shelving.Nice post

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