At the intersection of art and storage, we find savvy homeowners filling their walls with the stuff of everyday life. Be it sports gear, fruit or furniture, it seems almost anything can be stored on a wall. If you need some inspiration for making the functional fabulous, look no further. Here are 10 out-of-the-ordinary ideas that will free up space and add interest to your decor.
1. High chairs. In this small New York apartment, kitchen space was at a premium, but that didn’t stop the Cousins design team from giving the homeowner a coveted eat-in kitchen — with a twist. The table, stored on the wall, folds up and out of the way when not in use. Likewise, two lightweight folding chairs can be easily lifted off the wall at mealtime. Everything is packed flat enough so as not to obstruct the walkway. It doesn’t look too shabby, either.
2. Wall for wheels. Urban cyclists who have neither a storage shed nor garage still need a place to protect their means of transportation from weather and theft. The solution: Custom wall mounts. Clearly less fuss than having to unlock the bike from a parking garage gate or stair rail each time it’s used, the mount provides easy access for those on the go.
3. Pillow pleaser. OK, so hanging this outdoor cushion on the wall might not have been technically necessary, but it sure makes a statement while providing a handy way to keep the pillow in place. Plus, the combination of boho textiles and earthen elements gives this backyard retreat a bit of international flair. The best part is that the look is by no means limited to patios: You could also hang a cushion above the type of built-in bench you’d find in a dining nook or fireplace alcove.
4. Jewelry heist. Since jewelry’s purpose is to look good, it stands to reason that it makes for lovely, if unusual, wall decor. The team at NBB Design hung a collection of the homeowner’s necklaces on a wall in this London master bathroom. The woman of the house can take her pick of pieces as she gets ready in the morning.
5. Top knot. When it comes to ties, the team at Avocado Sweets Design Studio says, “Don’t hide them away in cupboards!” In this London home, the designers added rope along the top of a staircase to display the homeowner’s collection. He can see them all at once and grab his favorite on his way out the door.
6. Wine wall. These West Coast wine connoisseurs combined their passion for grown-up grape juice with their desire for a quirky accent wall to create a one-of-a-kind “cellar.” You can find stand-alone wood racks like these to place against a wall or have one custom made. For avid entertainers and wine drinkers, nothing beats it for ease of access. It’s not even necessary to fill every hole — friends may enjoy the clever display so much they’ll be inclined to help you keep it stocked!
7. Fruit stand. Keep fruits and veggies easily accessible and fresh by storing them in wall- hung wire baskets. The baskets let the bright colors shine through — a reminder to get your daily vitamin intake.
8. Pan handle. Lack of kitchen storage is a common issue, especially among city dwellers. Your walls can be a great way to maximize space. Adding a pegboard on which to hang pans will free up cabinet room and provide easy access while cooking.
9. Air guitar. Because you never know when a jam session might break out, having your guitars at the ready is never a bad move. Being surrounded by the accoutrements of our hobbies and interests not only personalizes our space, it can bring us joy and encourage our creativity.
10. That’s a wrap. The clever designers of this Phoenix home hung drying racks on an office wall to hold rolls of wrapping paper. The racks give the homeowners easy access to the paper, making holidays and birthdays a breeze.