Thursday, July 6, 2017

Decorating With Wall Sconce Shelves

Considered old school by some, wall sconce shelves have started popping up in stylish modern homes as well. Sophisticated and functional, these pedestals are ideal for displaying your treasures. It may never have crossed your mind to consider a sconce shelf before, but they are surprisingly useful and versatile. The perfect solution for bringing special attention to your eye-catching decorative accessories and helping to transform clutter into collections. If your interior is plagued by a dull wall and you want something other than a painting or print, a grouping of wall sconce shelves, topped with your favorite pictures, dishes, statues, or even candles is sometimes the perfect alternative.
I have gathered some images of classic and modern interiors that are both enhanced by the homeowners choice to add in some character and interest via the use of wall sconce shelves. Show off your unique style with these affordable wall decorations that will enrich your decor with ornate detail and timeless elegance.

Elegant Old World style interiors come to mind when the topic of wall sconce shelves is brought up. However......

Mary Anne Smiley Interiors

.......this is not necessarily true anymore. Modern designers are seeing the merit in wall sconce shelves and are incorporating them into contemporary, transitional and modern Victorian interiors. They may look a bit different but they still help create an immediate artistic focal point when placed on either side of a mirror, painting, etc.

Wall sconce shelves are popping up in todays chic and eclectic interiors as well

Decorative wall shelves provide an elaborate stage for displaying your treasures. They also keep the look from being too flat by adding dimension. The wall sconce shelves are an integral part of the success of this display.

Queen Paola of Belgium asked Axel Vervoordt to create a dining room for intimate gatherings at the Château at Laeken, featuring English silverware and a Brussels porcelain service delightfully displayed on wall sconce shelves.

Baroness Rothschild uses wall sconce shelves in her French chateau to display a prized china collection. The collection becomes a gallery of wall art when placed on these decorative shelves.

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A couple of sconce shelves thrown into the mix helps to make a vignette even more appealing.

With the help of Studio Peregalli, legendary fashion power broker Pierre Bergé turned the top floor of his Paris duplex into a stunning showcase for his priceless treasures. The wall sconce shelves provide the perfect presentation for the antique avian statues.

A wall sconce shelf helps to set apart an objet d'art and spotlight it's value.

You can use them in many ways. Here a sconce shelf proudly displays an antique clock.

This one hold a religious statue. Wall sconce shelves look good in rustic interiors as well as opulent ones.

Another space designed by Axel Vervoordt. He regularly uses wall sconce shelves for presentation of objects in his interiors.

Here in Howard Slatkin's home decorative wall shelves provide an elaborate stage for a collection of bird figurines.

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Wall sconce shelves are always nice in pairs. Here a contemporary composite set holding pictures and ceramics is stacked one above the other.

I love them positioned side by side.

Two sconce shelves can bring symmetry and added charm to a collection.

A single wall sconce shelf can be a great addition to a displayed plate collection. These shelves help to break up the collection, add some dimension, and make it a bit more interesting.

So whether you choose one, two, or scores of them like designer Alberto Pinto chose to use in this hallway, the wall sconce shelf is a great way to bring attention to your collections.

Most people prefer a similarity in the style of the wall sconce shelves they use in groups. This helps create a cohesiveness of objects and makes them come across as a single unit. I personally like to purposely mis-match sconces in a group as long as they share a common denominator such as finish, style and period.

 Aside from displaying beautiful objects, see how they bring added emphasis to the oil panting.

This gorgeous mirror is also enhanced by the addition of wall sconce shelves displaying Chinoiserie figurines.

Dan Carithers

Wall sconce shelves are made for adding beauty to other items simply by framing them!

A pair of ornate sconce shelves in fashion icon Valentino Garavani's Asian inspired château near Paris.

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Much loved and respected interior designer Charles Faudree was known for including wall sconce shelves in many of his French country interiors.

Charles Faudree

Wall sconce shelves look wonderful in so many different style homes. Here they dress up the look of farmhouse decor. They look equally attractive in coastal decor, contemporary, vintage, or classical European interiors. Avoid hanging wall sconces in a narrow hallway where they can get bumped into easily. If you choose to use them there try positioning them over a chest or console.

I like to see wall sconce shelves used creatively and think this one wedded to a piece of boiserie is especially lovely.

I love this mix of antiques and modern Lucite wall sconce shelves. This vignette is perfect for a beach chic interior.

The trumeau mirror in this stunning French vignette is beautifully framed with sconce shelves and Chinese import plates.

Make sure your objet d'art is in proportion to your shelf.You wouldn't want a large ginger jar on a small shelf.

Aren't these wall sconce shelves made to mimic coral simply stunning? See what I mean by these wonderful shelves being given a second chance by a new generation of home owners.

Because of their affordability, sconce shelves are a great way to bring in style and elegance without breaking the bank.

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I love unique things so these wall sconce shelves definitely captured my attention.

Carolyne Roehm shows off her love for Chinese export via mis-matched white sconce shelves.

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Another Furlow Gatewood vignette.

No one wants their much prized collections falling off the wall sconce shelves so make sure you use a bit of florist clay or I even use hot glue to hold your treasures in place.

Remember that corbels can also act as a wall sconce shelves as seen in my living room. Use them alone........

or in pairs. 

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Saturday, June 24, 2017

Decorating With Cork Is On Trend For 2017

Texture remains an important element in interior design and an old friend from the 70's is becoming the darling of the textured materials scene. Affordable and eco-friendly, cork is really making a noise in the design world and in 2017 designers are using it in everything from home decor and accessories to flooring, furniture, and wall coverings.

Cork is a unique material that combines well with metal, glass, and other woods. Much of it's popularity is due to it being a relatively cheap material to work with that has a warm feel and adds desired texture. It is also an excellent sound absorber making it perfect for open-plan room sizes.

 I have gathered some images and offered information about cork to show you how it is being used in today's interiors so you can see if this design element is for you. If you like to stay on trend, be ready to have cork in your home real soon.

Many have predicted that 2017 will be the year we will see more organic shapes and textures through the use of natural materials like cork.

Petra Bindel

First there were chalkboard walls, now cork walls are all the rage. Cork walls are not only a visually compelling choice, but they’re awesome when it comes to blocking out sound and posting to-do lists on the walls.

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Cork wall coverings, furniture and upholstery are growing in popularity. It is a very versatile and a ‘green’ product which is why many designers are using it.

Imagine being able to bring the natural textures of the forest to your interior design. Aesthetically cork, like hardwood  floors, has a raw and timeless appeal since it is sourced from nature itself. Since each piece is unique, there is a wide offering of grain, texture, and color finishes. 

Miles Redd

Cork is a healthy alternative to other surface coverings because it's naturally anti-microbial features combat mold and it has an anti-static surface which eliminates dust and toxin absorption. All this makes cork ideal for people with allergies all the while contributing to a cleaner air space.

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Using cork to accent or contrast walls is a great idea. I love the look of dimensional cork tiles....... perfect for homes and commercial spaces alike.

You can even get cork tiles that have the appearance of brick.

Natural fibers such as grass cloth and cork, which have scarcely been seen since the 1970’s, are returning to wall coverings.

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Cork can also be used to accent ceilings. Along with being decorative, cork ceilings are also functional. Depending on the thickness of the covering selected, cork can provide excellent acoustic values. 

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Because of its combination of design flexibility, eco credentials, and health benefits for the entire family, cork flooring has made a comeback in the last few years. And like I said before, because of it's properties, cork would also provide bacteria and fungus resistant flooring. 

Another plus for cork flooring is it's soft surface which results in less pressure on people with knee problems or seniors looking for absorption support under their feet.

 Cork has been known to last up to 50 years when used in interiors, thanks to its resilience to pressure, which makes it very suitable for high traffic areas such as flooring in hallways...... 

....or even on kitchen counter tops.

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Cork furniture is durable and lightweight and can be moved around your living space with ease.

Benches and other pieces of cork furniture are gaining momentum in interior design. Cork can be ground and shaved to be applied to furnishings while its natural grain can be tinted and stained to develop a multitude of pattern and color finishes.

For cork.

Metallic Cork from York Wallcoverings

Cork isn’t just for wine bottles anymore........unless you are using them for seating.

An often overlooked design element, cork brings a unique look to any part of your home. The natural but soft texture is great for breaking up modern details, like on the surface of a coffee table, or as picture frames on a wall.

 2017 will see lots of cork homeware and accessories.

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Interiors experts are using cork in the most creative ways.

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Teamed with copper accessories cork helps create a stylish,rustic look.

See how this combination of elements adds a warmth and rustic visual appeal.

Cork is also waterproof so it can be used in bathrooms.

I love the look of this cork floor that is designed to resemble marble.

In kitchens cork is being used as flooring, countertops, back splashes, just to mention a few ways you can get creative with this great product. 

The design industry can expect the continuing resurgence of cork for its environmental benefits and flexible application opportunities in interiors.

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