Lighting designers Malgorzata Ratajczak and Sebastian Szlabs from studio Emandes envisioned and implemented a series of interesting looking “Atomic Lighting Tubes”. The original systems (made up of painted or chrome PVC fittings) allow users to create an unlimited number of layouts composed of colorful tubes. Elegant and minimalist, the idea can be successfully embedded in various contemporary interiors, especially if they have an industrial design theme.
Project developers Ratajczak and Szlabs also bring up another interesting advantage: “In this way, you can create lighting designs and features on the ceiling and the wall without worrying about power cables…” The designers envisioned their work as deriving from “water, power and ventilation systems in buildings, which run like a bloodstream to any room. And so we have added light to a room’s flow of energy and life“. Would you consider having this lighting system in your home? Where would you place it?
We now turn to top design bloggers such as Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth, who has decorated her kitchen shelving with an array of pastel dishware. Don’t be afraid to mix function and style when it comes to your decorative shelves. Put useful items on display, but arrange them artfully. If the shelving is purely decorative, choose pieces carefully. Be selective, as this gives your shelves a curated, artful look, as shown by this DIY hoop shelf from A Beautiful Mess.
And one of my all-time favorite shelf styling tricks is to display plants on the top layer of shelving, which will draw the eye upward, as well as create height and drama. Below we see shelf-top plants in a tour of my retro-modern home office. Last but not least, we shine the spotlight on the challenging task of styling kids’ room shelving, drawing inspiration from the product photography of The Land of Nod. The Zero Gravity Wall Shelf below illustrates a perfect balance of practicality and design flair, mixing carefully placed toys with books in eye-catching colors.