Like all functional objects, bicycles have their obvious perks and their arguably anti-aesthetic drawbacks. No matter how sleek the frame or pleasing the color, a bike will always be a rather bulky object in need of convenient home. Thankfully, there are some clever people out there who've managed to pull off bike storage with classy ease.
Industrial and lofted spaces may have an edge— exposed brick and heavy beams practically beg for decor with a functional bent, which is one reason why Johnny and Stacie's bike collection (Photo 5) looks perfectly at home dangling above the living room in their Super Sweet Loft. For more delicate and run-of-the-mill spaces the look can be a bit harder to pull off, but thankfully it's not impossible with a few design tweaks that make the bikes read as part of the decor such as...
• Photo 1. the green Imperial Trellis paper in Chloe Sevigny's East Village home's entrance, designed by David Cafiero, which provides the perfect backdrop for the green bike.
• Photo 2. Or in the new home of former Apartment Therapy contributor, Rebecca Orlov, where her orange bike picks up on the oranges of a nearby accent pillow and provides a pleasing contrast to the serene cool blue walls.
• Photo 3. A similar tactic is at work in the serene bedroom of Diana of Jewels of New York (featured on Design*Sponge) where a simple black bike with a vintage vibe fits in perfectly with the black window casings and spare old world feel off the rest of the room.
• Photo 4. However, even without a vintage-y styled frame, all decor hope is not lost. In Preston Bailey's home, road bikes are hung on wall hooks next to a huge mirror of a similar height which balances the visually weighty objects. Not a perfect chameleon blend, but a pretty practical solution for sure.
How do you make your bikes blend with your decor?
Images: 1: Francois Halard for House & Garden, 2: Rebecca Orlov Love Living Small, 3: Design*Sponge, 4: Jill Slater for Apartment Therapy: NY, 5: Johnny & Stacie Slocum for Apartment Therapy: Chicago