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SHELVES - BEYOND THE BASICS


WHAT IS A SHELF?


Shelf, as a furniture piece, is as important as a cabinet or an enclosed storage space. Cabinets and enclosed storage spaces make a room smaller whereas a shelf which occupies the same depth of space, gives a feel of lightness and creates almost equal storage space.


It is important that one understands where and for what purpose are the shelves provided for, while arranging items on it. For example, if the shelves are for the purpose of storing books, then it can be arranged in an interesting manner. Some can be stacked vertically, some horizontally with a decorative piece on top to break the monotony; or add a pot with real plant or just a vase or put book-ends, which is also a décor piece. If the shelves are provided within a cabinet, then how you use does not matter; but if it is an open shelf, then the dynamics are different.



Stack some books vertically, some horizontally with a decorative piece on top to break the monotony; or add a pot with real plant or just a vase or put book-ends, which is also a décor piece.


SHELVING AS A PIECE OF DECOR


The shelving unit itself can serve as an object of décor by adding interesting design elements to it. One can use various materials to achieve it and bring some freshness to a mundane common furniture piece, which then goes to define the aesthetics of the premise and the people occupying it.







ADD A VARIETY OF THINGS

ON SIMPLE SHELVING


Shelves and shelving units also occupy a unique place in the aesthetics of interior design for exhibiting art of multiple varieties. One can use various combination of objects to style the shelves, to break the monotony of functional enclosed cabinetry.







Put photo frames, vases, candles, figurines, décor plates, coffee table books, décor pieces, plants and more.











THOUGHTFUL LIGHTING


One can add drama to the shelf by the way of lighting options too. You can light it from top, from behind, from surface, angular, by way of using spot lights, profile lights, strip lights or focus lights.



Be bold to use shelves and shelving units while designing any interior space. There are no rules or boundaries for shelves. There are no standard sizes, shapes or materials; hence, the choices are multiple. Shelves are, therefore, always a designer’s delight.



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