There’s no getting away from it, shelving is an inherent part of interior design, serving both as a functional and necessary element in our homes, but at the same time it also needs to be aesthetically pleasing. While the focus used to be on hidden storage - out of sight, out of mind - today’s contemporary homes lean towards a more extrovert approach. This is where clever shelving comes in and a display discipline needs to be adhered to!
(Overton, 65 Grange Road, Rathfarnham - Click here for more information)
If your room doesn’t have the advantage of built-in alcoves then create an illusion of them by installing shelving systems on either side of your feature window. Opt for alternative levels and heights for your shelving so that they can accommodate storage of differing shapes. By placing them either side of the window, the light will still pour into your room and you’ll have all the storage you need unobtrusively.
(Stylebawn, Rocky Valley Drive, Enniskerry - Click here for more information)
OVER & ABOVE
Take a look around your living area and see where you can make shelving work for you. An area that is often overlooked is above your doorway, it’s the perfect solution if you’re stuck for space as it’s an expanse of wall that hasn’t any other function. Accessibility may present a challenge but nothing that a library ladder can’t handle!
(Chatswood, Saval Park Road, Dalkey - Click here for more information)
Use open shelving for the perfect answer to showcasing your prized collections. This is your chance to really get creative and use different shapes and sizes for open display. Mix up your options with boxed shaped shelving and shelving at different angles to each other. This will immediately create a focus in a room while at the same time giving you an attractive display area.
(24 Daneswell Road, Glasnevin - Click here for more information)
Use a shelving unit as a room divider, not only is it serving its function as a storage unit but it can help to give definition to a space. Not as permanent as a partition wall, it is an easy way to define separate zones in your home while still maintaining a feeling of spaciousness. Be careful to make sure that display items work well for both zones on either side of the unit.
(15 Hayfield, Model Farm Road, Cork - Click here for more information)
Sleek clean lines created by streamline shelving can add dramatic impact to any room. Not only as an efficient storage option but they also give a sense of order and the result is a stylish yet practical display solution. Put your personal stamp on it by using contrasting colour as your shelving backdrop through the use of either wallpaper or paint – just remember that less is more!
(28 St Kevins Gardens, Dartry, Dublin 6 - Click here for more information)