Shelves As Design Elements – Room Design By Order Systems
Shelves are open, which is stored on their planks, is visible. A shelf is prone to dust and clutter – anything but representative and therefore rather undesirable. Or it was undesirable, because now shelves and shelving systems are absolutely presentable. They have their permanent place in the living quarters, which is more open, brighter, and less strictly structured than was the case a few years ago.
There’s movement in it
Thanks to its open structure, shelves can be used for wall design. Simply painted single-colored walls are standard in many rented apartments. Anyone who wants to change the wall color or alter the wall in other ways has rarely a free hand and is at least obliged to return the rooms to the original state when they move out. If an open shelf is placed on the wall, this already structures the wall.
The color selection depends on the type of accent to be set – the shelf can be placed visually from the wall. Strong colors usually appear very young and fresh, creamy tones rather quiet. In addition to simple structural design, graphic elements are also possible through shelves with triangular compartments, uneven distribution, irregular boards and the one or other set-up door.
For optical designs, shelves and shelving systems that have several doors for concealing compartments are suitable – the door can always be used as a picture surface. If the manufacturer does not offer appropriately designed doors, photoposters or walltattoos can be used on the doors for visual decoration. There are an incredible number of possibilities for walls to be designed in full or in part by means of superimposed shelves:
*Simple, raised shelves with regular and not too large compartments make a wall optically. Here, the color selection is decisive, the shelf should be separated from the wall color, but does not have to form a strong contrast.
*Irregularly built, stepped, sloping and sculpturally designed shelves divide walls much more – they give the wall a structure that has a graphic effect in itself.
*Shelves with built-in drawers and closed compartments bring the wall design even further into the three-dimensional space and can be used for pictorial design. Here, drawers and doors serve as image carriers, which can either be designed in a picturesque, color or photo print.
Room dividers, hangers and niches
Shelves can not only shape a room but also share it. They are flexible and accessible from two sides (unlike a cabinet that can be opened only from the front), which is why they can also be used as dividers in large rooms.
Like a half-transparent wall, the shelf stands from the wall into the center of the room, offers access and utilization possibilities from both sides, but divides the room optically. Such a room divider can be on the floor and be half-high, can be used as a shelf and through-hole, but can also be suspended from the ceiling and used as a storage space for little used items or purely decorative elements.
Shelving systems can be designed individually so that, for example, the room divider leaves a large viewing window at normal window height, protrudes asymmetrically into the room from two sides, or combines shelf elements corresponding from above and below.
Shelves also for sloping walls and small corners
Similar design possibilities can be found in rooms with a built-in staircase, sloping floors or an unusual floor plan, which are difficult to access: shelves in the appropriate height make this space usable, but do not have any effect due to their open construction. They make the room look bigger than a closed cabinet that could. This is how they perceive spaces.