Shelves may seem rather mundane and uninteresting at first thought; practical rather than decorative, and just a simple part of any room in a property.
However, there is more to shelves than meets the eye. Despite their rather uninspiring reputation, shelves are actually very important indeed: as well as provided much-needed storage, shelves also enhance the way a room looks, and also ensure that as much space as possible can be used effectively.
If you’re looking to get the most from the shelves in your home, from both a style and a practicality standpoint, then here are five tips you should find useful.
#1 – Preserve the space
It’s preferable to choose shelves that are longer and deeper than you actually need, so you don’t have to use every available inch of space. Items should ideally appear to be artfully arranged rather than pushed together for maximum aesthetic appeal. Try to preserve a few centimeters between each item, unless it’s booked, in which case a smaller gap will work well – but ensure each book can be removed and reinserted with ease.
#2 – Add lighting
To really make shelves a feature point of any room – and provide an additional practical benefit to boot – lighting is a must. You could add a lamp or two to sit alongside the objects being stored, or choose an RGB LED strip that allows you to select your own light color and ensures the space available on the shelf itself is preserved.
#3 – Choose a color palette for each shelf
Speaking of color, maintaining a color palette – preferably of two or three different colors only, as any more than this can overwhelm the area – allows a shelf to achieve a sense of unity that really adds to the visual appeal. However, following a scheme is not always easily done if you need to store a number of unrelated items; in such circumstances, it’s worth looking for storage boxes that do adhere to a single palette and storing individual items within these in order to improve the overall look of the shelf itself.
#4 – Avoid storing items you need to access frequently on high shelves
Shelves sitting high on a wall can really help to add vertical interest and make a room look taller, but be cautious about the items you store at height. For the sake of convenience, choose items that you won’t need to use often, and if you do want to use plants on those shelves, go for artificial plant options so you won’t need to worry about finding a stepladder every time watering is required.
#5 – Use bookends
One might expect that bookends are to be used for bookshelves only, but their use – stopping items from falling from a shelf – is beneficial regardless of the items being stored on your shelves. Add a pair of bookends to any shelf that has an open end; not only does this make it more likely items will stay in place, it can also add an extra style twist that really completes the look.
We hope the tips above will ensure you are able to use shelves effectively throughout your home.