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11 Open Wooden Shelves Bringing Modularity and Decorating Ease

The open bookshelf has long been a staple of the home library. But the last few years have seen it step beyond the confines of a home library or study and break conventions by gracing the living room and hallways alike. A large, open shelf adds ample display and storage space; bringing together both the elements in a seamless fashion. Add to it the charm and inviting warmth of wood and you have a winner! Contemporary wooden shelves are a far cry from their predecessors that relied on a heavy grain of wood and seemed more cumbersome than convenient. Today, innovative design and new-age technology has seen an entirely new army of open wooden shelves.

Metallic frame holds wooden boxes that create a cool display

Open shelves in wood blend textural contrast and beauty with an aura of spaciousness that cabinets with doors simply lack. With many of these wall-fitted compositions offering flexibility and modular ease, you can actually start off small and add in more shelving units down the line. Depending on both your current needs and the available space, these adaptable shelves evolve and also shrink. Space-savvy, smart and trendy, here is a look at 11 such fabulous shelving ideas –

Metal and Wood Shelving

In a modern interior dominated by polished surfaces, man-made materials, finishes that feel inherently urbane and curated, wood and metal automatically bring contrast both visually and texturally. Combining wood with metal also opens up an entirely new avenue of decorating styles that range from rustic and farmhouse to industrial and eclectic. Most often, it is steel of metallic framed painted in black that is coupled with wooden planks to create an elegant and modern open shelf. But go down a more sparkly path this summer with copper and brass being coupled with wood to create a striking and trendy bookshelf.

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Modern industrial style open shelf in metal and wood
Unique standalone shelf in wood and metal brings rustic touch to the space-savvy home
Metallic glint of brass and copper coupled with wooden warmth to create a lovely shelf

An extensive Affair!

From those striking open shelves we move on to the world of floor-to-ceiling open shelving that also seems to very often, stretch from wall to wall. A series of tall open shelves in the backdrop gives you a great opportunity to decorate in style and you change the decorative pieces, colorful accents and even the indoor plants on display with changing seasons and trends. These large shelves often come with modular ease, allowing you to add new units over time and with changing needs. While some offer a sculptural finish, others seem to bring a touch of whimsy to the living room with their unique design.

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Modular box style shelves bring decorating ease to the living room and beyond
Series of tall and open wooden shelves for the living space and home office
Zigzag edge of the shelf give its a touch of sculptural style
Floor to ceiling open wooden shelves make a big visual statement

Adaptable Shelving for Small Spaces

Open shelves definitely trump closed cabinets in wood when it comes to giving a room that spacious, light-filled look. Open shelves reduces visual fragmentation of space and ensure that the small living room or dining space looks a lot larger than it really is. But the really winner in this department is that smart, open, half-shelf in wood that is used in an open living area or bedroom to delineate space even while creating a lovely and useful display. In tiny studio apartments and small urban homes, these practical shelves make a big different to both aesthetics and ergonomics.

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Exquisite open wooden shelf fits in with a wide range of styles
Understated wooden shelf acts as a smart room divider in the tiny urban apartment
Elegant wooden shelf in lighter grain of wood is great for modern and coastal style interior

Sherry Nothingam

Sherry is a blogger who loves to live her life to the fullest. She enjoys everything associated with design, décor and stylish modern trends. Born in California, Sherry has grown up on open ranches and in a wild setting, which has defined her taste for design and developed her interest in examining how structures and homes interact with the beauti[...]

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