We are always looking for ways in which we can maximize storage and display space without actually wasting any available space. This quest for finding innovative ways to create new, space-savvy avenues becomes even more obvious in urban apartments where every inch matters. And modular, wall-mounted shelves come to the rescue every single time. Utilizing the wall space on offer, these vertical wonders can transform every room of your home without ever infringing with the existing floor plan or décor arrangement.
Each year sees the advent of new trends, designs and styles in the realm of wall-mounted shelves. 2017 is no different with the top furniture fairs of the year already showcasing the best designs around and the latest trends in open shelving. Some of these reinforce the charm of the classic floating shelf while others demonstrate the benefits of box shelves at their ergonomic best. Here is a look at 55 diverse inspirations that promise to reinvigorate your home!
Modular Boxed Beauties
It is box shelving that currently tops the ‘hottest’ list in the world of stylish shelves and it is barely a surprise that homes across the world are being filled up with these dashing delights. The box-styled shelves combine the elegance of the closed cabinet with the aesthetics of an open shelf to offer the best of both worlds. Wooden box shelves add another layer of intrigue to modern interiors by bringing textural beauty while slimmer metallic box shelves fit in more easily in industrial style living spaces.
From adding additional storage space to the entertainment unit in the living room to providing a smart display in the dining area, shelves like the work pretty much everywhere. Then there is wall space above the home office desk that can easily accommodate the box shelf, which will hold your office supplies and whole lot more
Color and Contrast
Modular shelves can offer a whole lot more than just storage and display space. They provide the perfect medium for those looking to add color and contrast to an interior without disturbing the existing style, decorative plan or even color scheme. Floating shelves in dark hues that complement the existing accent color in the room make a bold visual impact. Others can bring unique materials to contemporary spaces like steel, wood, copper or glass. Then there are geo shelves that instantly stand out in a world filled with rectangles and squares. Be it a shelf shaped like a triangle or one that is much more multifaceted like the hexagon, these adaptable shelves are always fun to work with!
A Fascinating Display
It is barely a surprise that all those floating shelves in the living room, home office, bedroom or even the hallway are filled with books. Wall-mounted shelving offers a great platform where you can combine your storage needs with a stylish display in an effortless fashion. Many of these smart shelves in the dining room tend to be decorated with fancy china and unique collectibles while in the kitchen it is the turn of kitchenware and shiny steel and copper dishes. Photo frames, gorgeous vases and antiques – what the floating shelves in your home hold reflect both your taste and lifestyle.
Small and Space-Savvy
Even though a wall filled with box shelving and series of modular shelves looks great, maybe what your home needs is something far simpler and efficient. The inspirations below showcase how just a couple of floating shelves and nothing more can complete your tiny home office, reading nook or even enhance the appeal of the living room corner with ease. You do not need all those fancy shelves out in the market to usher in this transformation. Even a modest, DIY wooden shelf (basically a plank securely anchored to the wall!) could be the answer to all your organizational problems. Less is indeed more here!
Lighting, Ergonomics and More
Open shelving does demand a bit of care when it comes to both lighting and maintenance. While closed cabinets allow you to be far less organized, a cluttered open shelf takes away from the visual appeal of your home. Under-shelf LED strip lighting is one of the best ways to highlight these gorgeous shelves without spending a fortune on accent or track lighting. Placement of the shelf in relation to the rest of the décor in the room, height of the wall and the number of shelving units used need to be flawlessly proportional for that picture-perfect look.