Walking around our streets, we can see how those choosing to put their creativity out there decided to express and paint how they see the world around us. During Poland’s Katowice Street Art Festival that took place between 20-29 April 2012, a handful of street artists joined forces to recreate the city’s face. One in particular chose to compose a huge On/Off Switch Mural on the side of an apartment building. Valencia-based street artist Escif captures social attention with his prominent works. His On/Off Switch Mural set on the streets so that passers-by can relate to it in size, colors (or the lack of colors) and the surrounding urban landscape creates an impressive first impression. Good thing we spotted the project on MyModernMet – it has the power to make us think beyond the concept and see the formerly heavy industry city being transformed not only by architecture and developments, but also by art.
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”.
Don’t worry about making your shelf picture-perfect. Displaying a collection of toys is a simple, eye-catching solution, and the resulting vignette just might double as wall art! Below we see the Radial Wall Shelf from The Land of Nod. To cut down on the cluttered look, try grouping items by color! These Color Bar Ledges from The Land of Nod make the job easy. Use the shelves themselves to create an artful wall vignette, especially if you purchase intriguing pieces like these Shape Shifter Wall Shelves. This Land of Nod hinged metal shelving allows for a range of configurations, from rectangles to arrows. And don’t forget about creative ideas such as placing patterned paper at the back of your shelving to create a vibrant backdrop. These Honeycomb Wall Shelves are styled with shades of turquoise. Do you have any shelf styling tips to share? Leave a comment below.