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Make your apartment look as intellectual as you are

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Cattelan Italia: modern  by Livingfurnish Ltd, Modern
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Your apartment can be a reflection of your personal style. Colors, furniture, decor; all can help create a unique style statement. So if you are the intellectual kinds, why not showcase that through your home? Lots of shelves around to store your favorite books, awards won, degrees earned not only help store them well but also allow some indulgent showing off to visiting guests! From functional wall shelves that go up to the ceiling to shelves that form a part of the decor of the room, shelves need not be drab and boring. They can be fun, intriguing and gorgeous. So go ahead and make your apartment look as intellectual as you are with these stylish shelves.

Wall Shelves

Hawtrey Road, NW3 Eclectic style living room by XUL Architecture Eclectic
XUL Architecture

Hawtrey Road, NW3

XUL Architecture

Wall shelves are super practical and functional way of keeping your books and memorabilia in place. For a smaller apartment, they make so much sense. Consider one wall as the signature wall of the living room or lounge and instead of painting it a signature color, why not mount a wall shelf that covers the entire area. It completely changes the ambiance of the room giving it a more scholarly look.

Classic shelf

Stackable Bookcase, 5 Book Shelves: modern  by Finoak LTD, Modern
Finoak LTD

Stackable Bookcase, 5 Book Shelves

Finoak LTD

One can rarely go wrong with a classic shelf.  Its no nonsense design is extremely easy to fit into any room, be it the bedroom, living room, dining or even the kitchen. They are easy to find and customize for any kind of space.Place them in corners to utilize extra spaces in the kitchen or simply mount them on the wall with sturdy hinges to store quirky little things from your travels. 

Perfect shelf for the loft

Floating shelves with lighting underneath can be perfect shelves for the loft. Shelves like these running around the corners and at multiple levels can be great space savers. Lighting may be optional but not a bad idea to highlight your collection of rare books! 

Shelf as an element of decor

Fold Shelf collection: modern  by Gilbert13, Modern Metal

Fold Shelf collection


Modern shelves like this is both practical as well as beautiful. Co-ordinate the color, design and materials with the rest of the furniture in the room so that the shelf becomes an element of the room decor itself. These shelves will never seem out of place in the design theme of the house. Choices are aplenty in contemporary, traditional or Scandinavian designs.

Shelf in the bauhaus style

Cattelan Italia: modern  by Livingfurnish Ltd, Modern
Livingfurnish Ltd

Cattelan Italia

Livingfurnish Ltd

The Bauhaus style movement that originated in Germany around 1913 aims at total art, bringing together fine art, crafts, design and architecture. This Bauhaus style shelf with sliding doors is so contemporary, stylish yet efficient. The user can choose to display items at any point or just shut the shelves completely. Use of limited colors and materials and clean geometry create a piece that exemplifies modern design to the fullest.

More Bauhaus Inspired Shelves here.

Big Racks

Big racks can be a savior when it comes to space saving ideas in apartments. Apart from displaying books, one can also use them to show off interesting collectibles, trophies and awards and your creative pieces of sculpture maybe. Use simple sleek design for big racks so that they do not become overbearing in the room. Care is needed to not go overboard with storing and displaying too many bulky items that may end up making the room look claustrophobic.

Minimalistic shelves

Broken : Floating Shelf: modern  by byJalmari, Modern

Broken : Floating Shelf


Think minimalist and Scandinavian comes to mind immediately. Uncomplicated design of simple wood planks on a wall are perfect examples of minimalistic shelves. This basic floating shelf with a touch of glass to break the monotony of wood uplifts it from a basic design to one that is so much more artistic and unique. It can be placed in isolation or in a formation to create a charming place for your books.

So take inspiration from some of these modern design ideas for shelf and make your apartment high on intellect. Scholarly and cerebral though need not be serious and boring, it can be creative and intriguing. Space nor budgets should be constraints anymore as these shelves all easily customizable and available at different price points.

Whitton Drive by GK Architects Ltd Modern

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