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Decorating With Bicycles

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I love my bike and it got me thinking about the different ways bicycles could be incorporated into interior design

This is my bike -- it was a gift from a dear friend. For months, I thought about where to store it and then decided it was stylish enough to leave out as part of my decor.

Bicycles are a part of everyday life here in New York (and many other cities). With travel obstacles like curb-to-curb car traffic and incentives like bike lanes, many New Yorkers choose to take to the streets on two wheels instead of four.

While bicycles are a fun way to get around, storing them can be a real hassle, especially if you live in a space-challenged apartment. The bicycle is a fabulous design opportunity, so don't settle for typical bike storage options that can turn your beautiful bike into an eyesore.

Here are some innovative and chic bike rack and storage designs.

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This piece does double duty as both a bike rack and a shelf. (Bike Shelf, Knife and Saw on etsy.com)

1 This piece does double duty as both a bike rack and a shelf. (Bike Shelf, Knife and Saw on etsy.com)

I love the loop at the top of this bike shelf. (Michelangelo bike rack, apartmenttherapy.com)

2 I love the loop at the top of this bike shelf. (Michelangelo bike rack, apartmenttherapy.com)

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The vintage bikes pair well with the brick accent wall. (remodelista.com)

4 The vintage bikes pair well with the brick accent wall. (remodelista.com)

This photo was taken in the home of designer David Baker. He is making striking use of his high ceilings. (dwell.com)

5 This photo was taken in the home of designer David Baker. He is making striking use of his high ceilings. (dwell.com)

The wood adds warmth to this bike display. (Gear Up Floor to Ceiling Bike Rack, amazon.com)

6 The wood adds warmth to this bike display. (Gear Up Floor to Ceiling Bike Rack, amazon.com)

This wire rack gives the bikes a floating effect. (apartmenttherapy.com)

7 This wire rack gives the bikes a floating effect. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Cantilever and Press makes this bike rack out of reclaimed wood. (Cantilever and Press on etsy.com)

8 Cantilever and Press makes this bike rack out of reclaimed wood. (Cantilever and Press on etsy.com)

This photo was taken in the home of designer Preston Bailey. (apartmenttherapy.com)

9 This photo was taken in the home of designer Preston Bailey. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Simple yet effective. (Pinch stand, clankworks.com)

10 Simple yet effective. (Pinch stand, clankworks.com)

This hitching post is such a fun way to store a bike. (horsehitchingposts.com)

11 This hitching post is such a fun way to store a bike. (horsehitchingposts.com)

If your bike is this beautiful, you don't need to do anything to it besides let it be admired.

12 If your bike is this beautiful, you don't need to do anything to it besides let it be admired.

Here, the bike has become a coordinating piece along with the mirror and the black and white photography. (Daniel Hertzell)

13 Here, the bike has become a coordinating piece along with the mirror and the black and white photography. (Daniel Hertzell)

The bike itself is something to behold. The mixture of curves and angles is so compelling. It is no wonder that the bicycle translates so well into contemporary art as well as design.

Take a look at the different ways the bike inspires design.

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This print is so minimal yet impactful. (Bicycle, postercabaret.com)

1 This print is so minimal yet impactful. (Bicycle, postercabaret.com)

This high contrast print is gorgeous. (potterybarn.com)

2 This high contrast print is gorgeous. (potterybarn.com)

(Owl & Bike Canvas Pillow, burkedecor.com)

3 (Owl & Bike Canvas Pillow, burkedecor.com)

The bike wheel translates well into a clock. (Handmade Geekery on etsy.com)

4 The bike wheel translates well into a clock. (Handmade Geekery on etsy.com)

This bike wall decal is a good option for someone who just doesn't have room for a real bike. (Bike Love decal, blik.com)

5 This bike wall decal is a good option for someone who just doesn't have room for a real bike. (Bike Love decal, blik.com)

These homeowners made their fence out of old bike frames. Amazing. (apartmenttherapy.com)

6 These homeowners made their fence out of old bike frames. Amazing. (apartmenttherapy.com)

Andy Gregg makes a whimsical line of furniture from reclaimed bike parts. (Cafe Table, bikefurniture.com)

7 Andy Gregg makes a whimsical line of furniture from reclaimed bike parts. (Cafe Table, bikefurniture.com)

I love the undulating curves of this bar stool. (Bike Stool, bikefurniture.com)

8 I love the undulating curves of this bar stool. (Bike Stool, bikefurniture.com)

Finally, don't forget about the sharp personal touches you can add to your bike through fun accessories.

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This basket is simple, but the color choice makes it stand out. (Memories-Bern bike basket, basil.nl)

1 This basket is simple, but the color choice makes it stand out. (Memories-Bern bike basket, basil.nl)

The feminine lace detail is beautiful. (Shopping basket, designhousestockholm.com)

2 The feminine lace detail is beautiful. (Shopping basket, designhousestockholm.com)

A timeless accessory.(Bicycle basket, peterborobasket.com)

3 A timeless accessory.(Bicycle basket, peterborobasket.com)

The classic bike bell. (canoeonline.net)

4 The classic bike bell. (canoeonline.net)

The classic bike horn. (Bike horn, fredflare.com)

5 The classic bike horn. (Bike horn, fredflare.com)

Such a stylish way to hold your things while riding.(Frame bag, retrovelo.com)

6 Such a stylish way to hold your things while riding.(Frame bag, retrovelo.com)

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Comments (6)

  • What is the brand of the bike you have?

  • Very interesting post Kevin! I will sure send the link to my son Sam who is studying Architecture at AA in London, he loves bikes. Two days ago he sent me this photo that he took of his bike under a cherry blossom tree close to our apt, so beautiful. I thought to share it with you for this post.
    http://twitpic.com/4cpc6c

  • I like the idea of a bicycle as decoration but not so much as just hanging on a rack or wall like on Seinfeld. The blue wall decal is pretty neat in picture #5. Hmmm, I wonder if I should bring my bike in from the garage, maybe put it out on the patio just to look at. It's a brand new guy's bike that my son gave me but way too high for me and with all those gears, yet I can't part with it. Thinking, thinking...and thanks for some ideas Kevin!

  • Author Comment:

    Hi, Steven

    The bike is a Skeppshult Men's Nature from Skeepshult (http://www.skeppshultbikes.com)

    Thanks,

    HD

  • Thanks as always, Kevin.

    Just before opening up your blog I was watching our neighbor's son herding their sheep back to the barn. He was riding an old bike with great skill bouncing over the pasture sheep trotting along in front. A really great scene. To drive into their backyard is to drive into a junk yard of bike parts and pieces.

  • Hi Kevin! Did you know the bike was the inspiration for Marcel Breuers' Wassily Chair?

    Kate McDonald

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