6 Shelfie-Worthy Storage Solutions
By Jess McBride, Houzz
When we think of wall treatments, we often focus on wallpaper, paint or architectural moldings rather than on shelves or bookcases, even if they’re built-in. Shelves are viewed as having more in common with extraneous wall hangings, such as art and mirrors, than with feature walls.
And yet, there’s that rare shelving unit that houses our books and knickknacks in such a unique way that it manages to completely transform the room it’s in. Here are 6 examples of shelves whose scale or material makes them utterly cool alternatives to the standard boxy bookcase plunked against a wall.
Amy Lau Design, original photo on Houzz
1. Zigzag appeal
It’s not unusual to see a series of floating shelves in an office, or a single long shelf in today’s kitchens that have forgone upper cabinets. Far less common is a single floating shelf with dips and peaks like this one. Though it serves the same function as the straight shelves we’re accustomed to, its dynamic lines gives it a decidedly edgier profile and allow it to take up more space on the wall. Plus, its command of the recess earns it the bona fide title of feature wall.
Candelaria Design Associates, original photo on Houzz
2. Stylishly slanted
The crisscrossed shelves here are out of the ordinary to be sure, but with a little imagination you can see how their diamond pattern mimics treillage, the art of covering walls with latticework, popularized by famed decorator Elsie de Wolfe.
South Peak, original photo on Houzz
3. Step it up
A steep set of stairs often involves a narrow wall — often decorated with one small piece of art. But why not rethink that wall and turn it into a bookshelf? The creative solution adds an unexpected design element and makes it easy to grab some bedtime reading on your way upstairs at night.
D&Y Design Group, original photo on Houzz
4. Headboard highlight
Speaking of bedtime reading, this custom tree-inspired bookshelf in Colorado is more than just clever storage. It creates a dramatic statement that entirely changes the scope and feel of the room.
Lucy Call, original photo on Houzz
5. A simpler approach
Sometimes a simple ladder propped against the wall will get the job done. For those with a no-fuss, “undecorated” style, this look is for you. If the ladder happens to be a little beat up, so much the better.
Juliette Byrne, original photo on Houzz
6. Boxy and beautiful
It’s hard to believe that any businesses still use wooden crates in 2016, but happily for us wineries do, as do some pick-your-own-produce farms. Get your rustic fix by collecting these humble heirlooms to use as storage for your treasures.
Bonus: Their modularity makes them easy to fit into those awkward nooks beneath stairs and roof gables.
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