Hi Therese! So what got you thinking about attaching furniture to the wall?
Putting up furniture that usually stands on the floor is a bit fun and unexpected, and it just brings such a wow feeling. But it’s quite practical too, by using your room’s height and walls you can make the most of your whole room’s storage opportunities.
I like it! How do I get started?
It´s always smart to plan your creation in details before you start to build. What do you need to store and what space do you have? If you have a small space for example it might be smart to include storage for eating, reading, work and socialising. Then look at your furniture. Maybe you have something that’s a bit old and boring that you can make something fun out of (it doesn’t matter if they come from different rooms, like the kitchen or bedroom). My suggestion is mix in some furniture pieces that you love with some of the more boring ones and then maybe take something new and you’ll probably get something really nice. Finally, I always sketch everything out first to figure out a combination I think is best.
What should I do with colour? Does it matter if I use lots of different colours or should I stay with one?
That´s really depending on what expression you would like to have. If you’d like to have a calm shelf you can use one colour or two different tones of a colour, for a busy one you can play with more different colours. My advice is use the colours you like and see where you end up. The smart thing about paint is the you can repaint whenever you like.
“Mix in some furniture pieces that you love with some that are a bit boring or look odd and then maybe buy some new ones and you’ll probably get something really nice.”
Therese, Interior designer
What kind of props have you been working with?
I love books, things from nature and porcelain. And by just using those three you have a nice mix of soft and hard surfaces that brings a lovely depth to the display. Even if you create a shelf with a lot of items it can still work in a functional way so don’t hold back. If you look really hard you can see that I have combined a more modern style with a romantic glimpse, too.
I like the hanging basket you’ve fixed under one of the shelves. What made you think of that?
In this case this idea came while I was doing the propping. If you step back and look at the shelf for a minute, you can often see what’s missing or how you can use the space in a smart way. Since it was big space between the floor and the next shelf it felt natural to do something there. And a basket you can always fill even if it´s cushions, knitting, magazines, games or whatever you can come up with. I also saw that it would be nice to create a space for the coffee table books, that’s why I added an extra shelf.
Any final tips if you’re making a “me” shelf at home?
I think it’s important to think of what style you already have, mix the things you love and it often ends up in something beautiful. And don’t be afraid to kill your darlings, probably it will end up in something better!
Stylist: Therese Ericsson
Writer: James Rynd
Photographer: Katrina Domin
Digital Designer: Cecilia Englund