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…
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!
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.
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!
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