While storage solutions are always practical and enhance a space through clutter elimination, great looking storage solutions add decorative impact as well as practicality. From fabric wrapped boxes and pretty patterned bins, wooden trays and containers, to furniture, shelving, lidded jars and baskets of all kinds, beautiful and efficient storage options are easy to incorporate in any room of the house.
Think Storage when Choosing Furniture When purchasing furniture, go for options that include storage in addition to regular function. For example, if you have a small bedroom, choosing a bed with storage drawers beneath can offer a boon of storage. So much in fact, that you may be able to eliminate a dresser from the room and keep the room from looking cluttered.
Similarly, in a living room, a couch with storage drawers beneath offers great style with space to tuck away blankets, pillows, throws or magazines. An ottoman with storage under the lid can stand in as extra seating, a coffee table and a treasure trove of storage space all in one – oh, and don’t forget that you can use it to put up your feet!
Other great pieces of furniture that marry style and storage include benches with storage beneath the seat and any kind of furniture with cabinets or drawers. A simple chest of drawers can be used beyond the bedroom: It adds style and function to a kitchen, dining room, entry, family room or bath, letting you store whatever you wish in the drawers while creating an eye-catching display on top. Hang a work of wall art or a beautiful framed mirror above it to up the style quotient even more.
The Beauty and Bounty of Shelving Shelving is a hard working ally in your quest to find decorative storage solutions. Taking up little or no floor space, it lets you store a myriad of items and add decorative accents wherever you wish. Bookcases can be used to define a reading corner, letting you display your favorite titles along with favorite accessories, photographs and artwork. Full height bookcases take up no more floor space than short bookcases and they offer twice as much storage or display space.
Wall shelves let you take advantage of unused wall space to store cookbooks in the kitchen or towels in the bath. They come in a nearly infinite number of styles and colors and, when coupled with baskets and boxes, they can be used to store virtually anything with panache.
Boxes, Baskets and Boundless Storage Possibilities Boxes and baskets can be found in wicker, wood and metal, in all shapes and sizes, and are often decorated with washable paper covers or patterned fabric. They can be used on shelves, on tabletops, counters and furniture, in closets and cabinets or stacked in a tower. When used in a bathroom or kitchen, they’re especially handy for corralling small items like cosmetics or cookie cutters; and they make a great addition to craft room shelves to keep all your supplies neatly organized. The wide selection of style and colors lets you accent any room while adding storage: Consider a wicker basket with kindling by the fireplace or one filled with favorite magazines by your bedside.
Stay open to simple storage solutions offered by everyday items like tins and jars that can be used to hold everything from doggie treats in the mudroom to pretty soaps and soaking salts in the bath.
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