Are you on the lookout for an eye-catching shelving unit? Perhaps one with a bohemian-industrial feel, perfect for a vintage or a modern interior with a personality? For today, we would like to present the urban shelf, a fresh design meant to add a twist to your home decor. Discovered on Chiasso, this cool and creative project resembles a three-floor fire escape and goes great against a colorful or neutral background. The shelf was made entirely of sturdy epoxy-coated steel and weighs 6lbs. (about 2.72 kilos). This is why, when it comes to storing things on it, you can let your imagination run wild. The urban shelf can hold a variety of practical or decorative objects, from books and magazines to plants, supplies and artwork. Its overall size is 12? x 3.75? x 25.5”, its price tag is $98 and you should also know it ships in two pieces, for easy assembly.
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.
Now it’s my turn to share some Decoist design advice with you! First up, we see a grouping of small items displayed on the DIY Round Shelf I created for a previous Decoist post. When deciding what to display, avoid overcrowding your shelf in terms of weight and height. For a small round shelf like the one displayed in the two images below, lightweight items are essential. Plus, smaller items allow the shape of the shelf to truly shine. Also consider what’s on display near the shelf you’re styling. An example is the open shelving featured in my kitchen tour. I’ve filled it with an array of teapots, coffee pots, cake stands, serving trays and more. So when it came time to style the shelving of the nearby garden window, I kept it simple. Just a few items did the trick, preventing the kitchen from being overwhelmed by “stuff”.