What a fantastic way to liven up a building with little aesthetic potential! Street artist ROA recently worked his magic on creating an original painting featuring six enormous African animals on a construction in Johannesburg, South Africa. Employing a clever color contrast, the painting (found on This is Colossal) is easy to spot from far away and quite an attention grabber. We also find this idea to be a very original way to mark the levels of a building.
The artist achieved the fascinating work with the help of a crane and plenty of… patience. A small price to pay for changing the entire look of a building and adding a smile on the faces of the passers-by. ROA’s mural projects are getting more famous with each day, with unexpected animal depictions popping up in major cities across the Globe, such as New York, Chicago or Zaragoza. [Photography by Martha Cooper]
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.
Speaking of “less is more” design, if your shelf offers little display space, consider opting for one or two standout items to showcase rather than a slew of small finds. In the next image, we see the Magical Thinking Peaks Shelf, crafted from glass and aluminum. Then again, there’s something charming about a curiously cluttered look, especially if items are thoughtfully curated. The Magical Thinking Pyramid Shelf below holds treasures and curiosities. When your shelves make a sculptural statement, don’t overwhelm and block them with clutter. After all, when the design is as fabulous as the Bamboo Step Wall Shelf in the next featured image, you certainly don’t want to cover up the bold form of your shelving.