Finding the right wall unit for your living room is not easy work. Even if you narrow it down to a single style that you like you’re still left with a bunch of options to choose from. Modern wall units give people a lot of headaches. There are so many different designs to choose from finding the right one for your home seems nearly impossible. But that, of course, is just something you have to go through and to help you make a decision we’ve gathered a series of designs for you to take a look at. They’re diverse and they each have unique particularities. So get your priorities straight and pick your favorite.
The structure of a wall unit differs with each design. Some models are compact and this is one of the examples we could give in this case. Although the unit integrates a variety of storage options such as open shelves and closed compartments, they’re all linked and they form a single unit.
Other designs have separate modules like these wall-mounted boxes. In this case the design is unique also because of the combination of finishes, textures and colors. The way these modules are balanced out is also quite interesting, drawing the eye to particular details and making others blend in.
Not all wall units cover an entire wall. In fact, some designs are quite compact and can only include console tables that sit on the floor. The space doesn’t look empty here because of the wooden accent wall, the wall-mounted TV and the lighting fixtures and decorations.
Modern wall units are known for their extreme simplicity as well as their geometric designs and structures. You can have a small unit that offers you all the necessary functions such as open storage shelves, closed compartments, a platform for the TV and lots of room for electronics and decorations.
Most modern wall units have designs that can comfortably accommodate the TV without looking out of place. In fact, their design is carefully planned out and the goal is to look harmonious, something even symmetrical in some way. The TV is often attached to a back panel that matches the rest of the unit and which connects the shelves and cabinets positioned on the sides.
Asymmetrical designs are also numerous. For example, the TV panel can occupy one side of the unit while the other side is composed of cubbies, open shelves and storage compartments. The dimensions of the TV balance out the design to a certain degree, although the asymmetrical look still prevails.
Lately there’s been this trend of boxes and cabinets that intersect each other. Such designs aim at creating interesting visual effects and adding interesting to what would otherwise be a very simple wall unit. The designs are also interesting thanks to the contrast of colors and finishes.
It’s important for a wall unit to offer adequate storage and to also include all the basic elements which usually include space for a TV and other electronics often found in the living room. Usually a combination of open and closed storage spaces is preferred and these can be combined in a lot of different ways.
It order for a design to look pleasant it has to be harmonious and to provide a comfortable balance of colors, shapes, textures and types of storage. Even when the TV is not at the center this balance can still be achieved. It’s also possible to trick the eye and to draw attention to a specific section of the wall unit in order to get the desired look and ambiance.
Soft curves and minimalist lines define a lot of modern and contemporary furniture pieces. Wall units are no exceptions. Designs such as this one add a futuristic touch to the living room decor. At the same time, the curvaceous forms create a smooth and serene look. The colors and the lighting play a very important role as well. Consider displaying white shelves and units on a dark brown wall for a sophisticated and elegant look.
In order to get the desired amount of storage as well as all the functions you need, a wall unit made up of several modules is often required. A fair amount of lower cabinets can go almost unnoticed when paired with a large suspended shelf and a set of geometric storage boxes, both open and closed.
You can choose to add a traditional touch to your modern living room furniture by option for a model with a subtle trim such as this one. Emphasize its modern nature by choosing a simple color that stands out either because of its simplicity or its bold charm. For a timeless look, use a combination of black and white.
Modern interiors sometimes include industrial details. You can highlight this combination of styles with a media console that has a shiny, metallic finish. You could display it in front of an exposed concrete wall or you could tone down its cold look with wooden floor panels or shelves.
Color and form play a crucial role in a lot of modern and contemporary furniture designs. Take this unit for example. It has a rather simple structure. The front, however, is what makes it stand out, featuring a series of panels of different shapes and colors. Some stand out because of the color white other also use pattern and texture to their advantage.
Gray is considered a modern color. It’s often used in combination with wood tones and the result is a balanced design. This combination or other similar ones can make a modern wall unit look elegant, classy and simple at the same time. Glass was also used in this case to offer the unit a lightweight and sleek look.
Innovative designs can take many interesting forms. The beauty is often in the little details like the way these storage compartments hang from the underside of a solid wall-mounted shelf. They’re lit up from above in a rather dramatic way which highlights their shapes as well as the wall behind them.
You can still have the large amount of storage usually featured by traditional or vintage wall units but in a simpler, more modern and open design. It’s all in the details and in the way shelves, storage boxes and closed compartments and cabinets are put together, the asymmetrical composition and the subtle touches of color.
Speaking of color, a lot of modern wall units integrate strong and vibrant accent colors in their designs. The colors are usually integrated in the unit in a subtle way. For example, a shelving unit can include a series of colored partitions or a single shelf in a contrasting color.
The sinuous lines of this unit allow it to have a continuous design. The amount of open and closed storage spaces is fairly distributed. The two white modules are the focal points of the entire design, forcing the eye to ignore other elements around them.
Even though the actual design of the wall unit is important, perhaps even more important than that is the way in which you integrate it into your living room’s decor. A white unit can stand out if displayed in front of a dark wall and it can blend in if the surroundings are also white.
Before you start looking for a new wall unit get your priorities straight. Figure out what’s really important: storage, a large TV, interesting artwork,etc. If you don’t really emphasize storage that much, then a minimalist unit would be a great option.
Some wall units go all the way up to the ceiling and this allows them to offer more storage. However, if you want the unit to be accessible and comfortable to use, stick with a low design that lets you easily reach all the shelves. Keep in mind that the TV needs to be placed at the right height to make sure to measure the unit first.
You can choose to emphasize certain modules and make others disappear into the background. To do that, choose the wall color carefully and pay attention to the lighting. A series of black and white modules against a black wall can be a perfect example in this sense.
You can think of your wall unit as a puzzle. Each shelf, box and cabinet represents a piece and they can usually be arranged in various different ways. A lot of modern designs are also modular which means the user can choose to rearrange the modules as desired and according the their needs and preferences.
Wood furniture that actually exposes the grain of the wood and makes a part of the design is not exactly the most popular type these days. Still, a lot of modern wall units take advantage of the beauty of this material. Even a small unit like this one stands out.
Built-in LED lighting is sometimes used in order to highlight a certain portion of element of a wall unit. The nook around the TV is one of these elements. Open shelves are often emphasized in a similar manner. In some cases the color of the lights also plays an important role in the overall design.
When space is limited or when all you really need is a platform on which to put your TV, a minimalist design like one could be just right. It could work for home theaters or for small living rooms. You can add storage to the room in other forms.
On the other hand, a spacious living room can have a unit that covers an entire wall. It can feature large modules and storage compartments complemented by open shelves. Some designs are quite interesting and feature sliding panels which can be used to hide the TV or other portions of the unit while revealing others.
Even a unit that only has three modules can be configured in various different ways. Sometimes the design offer enough flexibility for the user to decide how to display and combine these modules. A practical detail added to the lower modules is sometimes a set of casters that allows it to roll out for easy access and cleaning.
To make a large unit look lightweight, various tricks can be used. For example, a large amount of open shelves can help. Also, by using lighter colors on the lower modules and darker shades on the top ones a similar effect can be achieved. Emphasizing a hollow space at the center can also be an option.
Bookcases used to be popular a while ago and it seems that they’re starting to becoming popular again, with all the modern wall units that favor open shelves. Design such as this one manage to offer lots of storage space without looking very bulky or big.
If you’re the type of person that likes simple and neat furniture, perhaps a model like this one would suit you. It’s compact and has plenty of hidden storage as well a four sleek open shelves for the things you want to put on display. This is a wall unit that can be easily complemented with other pieces.
Not everyone wants a TV in their living room. Some prefer projects and there are wall units that favor this option, clustering their storage on one side and leaving plenty of space on the wall for the projected image. Of course, designs like ones can also be used with a regular TV.
When you have a small living room you can’t afford to spread lots of modules horizontally and to occupy an entire wall like that. You have instead to think of vertical designs which take advantage of the height of the wall to offer more storage and to incorporate all the necessary features in a small shell.
Black and white is a combination that will always look stylish. It’s a classic but this doesn’t mean it looks old or outdated. A modern or contemporary wall unit featuring this color combination can easily look futuristic given the right angles, lines and details.
Symmetrical designs are preferred when a sense of order is needed in the room. Symmetry used to be a characteristic of traditional design but can adapted to all other styles. This design is quite interesting. It appear that the central gray doors could conceal a TV.
This unit is composed of four modules. Two are placed horizontally and the other two vertically. This creates an asymmetrical composition, leaving a of of empty space to the left. The TV is meant to occupy some of that space while the rest can be covered with framed photos and artwork.
This combination of glossy and rough finishes can appear a little bit odd. That was exactly the intended look. The textured wood panel on the bottom modules is the focal point of the whole unit and is only rivaled by the large TV.
Harmony can be created in a lot of different ways. For example, in the case of a wall unit, that can mean a nice proportion of closed storage space in relation to the open shelves, perhaps even a module with glass front doors for a nostalgic look.
Some furniture designs are meant to be sculptural and thus favor the looks. Designs like this one bring some of the beauty of nature into our living rooms in a modern and polished way.