Suzette's Houseful of Inspirational Shelving

Suzette's Houseful of Inspirational Shelving

Beth Zeigler
Jun 9, 2010

We've hammered home the lesson on Apartment Therapy many times; going vertical with shelving maximizes space and its a great trick for small homes. Suzette has this decorating tip in the bag and uses open shelving throughout her home. The effect is cozy, unique and most of all, beautiful to look at.

1. While there isn't much room in the bedroom, Suzette places a shelf that runs the length of the wall to display photos, ceramics and plants. The shelf helps extend the length of the room by adding a horizontal line that our eyes want to follow.

2. In the entryway, a shelf is placed above a vintage cabinet. We love how it's not centered allowing space to hang a guitar which creates an interesting vignette. A tiny wall lamp is placed right below the shelf helping free up table top space.

3. Mixing up bold colors in the living room, jet black shelves stand out from a red wall making this color combo one to copy.

4-5. In the kitchen, cabinets come off to reveal open shelving. Painting the back walls a deep gray while papering the shelving in playful colors helps the kitchen feel bright and fun.

6. More open shelving above the sink reveals pantry items neatly stored in glass containers for easy access. We even love the small box shelf to store soap and dish sponges.

7. In the workspace, Suzette uses extra thin shelving to display postcards and other mementos.

8. The kids room gets some extra space with vertical, stand alone shelving for books and toys.

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