The marketplace has a huge assortment of affordable stylish home storage solutions designed for your urban lifestyle. Chic bins, storage benches, bookcases and wall shelves help to organize clutter. There is plenty of underutilised spaces in a home. Less square footage doesn’t mean you have to make do with less storage space. Smart solutions will help you gain the space you didn’t know you had no matter the size of your home.
Gain extra space for the small stuff with recessed shelves that fit between existing wall studs! Think about the most unexpected places where recessed shelving could add style as well as storage. A wall at the base of the staircase or high up above a closet door or window can make an attractive display for art and collectables. A recessed shelf or niche is made to fit by using the empty space in almost any wall that is framed with two-by-four studs. The shelves fit between studs at a depth of only 4 inches but you can divide the opening into the number of shelves you need. As long as there are no wires or ducts in the way there is no limit to where you can place recessed shelving.
A catch-all for clutter
Integrate a few large decorative baskets with lids to control clutter. Choose large lightweight baskets, stackable suitcases or wicker chests as decorative items that can be easily moved from room to room as needed. Add visual interest to an unused fireplace with a basket or two. Use the space beneath a chair or accent table to tuck in a wicker chest. Easily stash clutter out of site. Toss in extra pillows, blankets, toys, books and electronics when a quick tidy up is required.
Think outside the box
Full height shelving systems that give you the flexibility to combine open shelves with drawers make great room dividers allowing for clutter to be stored away and decorative ornaments to be out on display. Half wall height backless bookcases also work as room dividers giving you that extra space for storage. Add a little spotlight below each shelf to create an art gallery vibe.
Wall mounted shelves can be the focal point of any space limited only by your imagination. Think outside the box with asymmetrical decor when it comes to adding a touch of abstract appeal to a contemporary or futuristic styled interior. Transform a feature wall with asymmetrical shapes that double-duty as display shelves to show off your favourite stuff. Finish with a multiple color combination for visual interest or to accentuate the room’s color palette. A softer monochromatic paint color combination will help elevate depth and form.