Friday, January 24, 2014

Storage must-haves for any room

Ample and effective storage is the backbone of a well designed home. Having a designated space for your possessions in every room will keep it looking uncluttered and allow the décor to shine through. 

Open shelving, whether in the form of customized built-in shelves or a standalone piece of furniture, is a great way to show off decorative display, art and books.

Consider these storage options to stow away your things and keep your space looking neat and tidy. 

Cabinets

Almost every room in the house can benefit from cabinets as storage. Cabinets are most essential in kitchens, where overhead and under-counter cabinets maximize space and keep kitchen implements conveniently within reach. With the country’s warm and humid climate, dust is a common problem in households. Using cabinets as storage comes in handy, since the enclosures can keep your possessions free from dust. It is best to keep items that are not regularly used in enclosed cabinets instead of open shelving. If you plan to install a lot of cabinet storage in your room, opt for seamless handle designs for a sleek look. 

Drawers

The drawer is a great option for smaller items. It is best used below work surfaces and counters to keep knickknacks accessible. If you are going for custom-made or built-in drawers, plan ahead on what kinds of items you’re storing in your drawers. This can help you decide on the drawer depth to maximize your drawer space. Just like cabinets, drawers can also come with seamless handle designs for a streamlined aesthetic. 

Shelving

Open shelving, whether in the form of customized built-in shelves or a standalone piece of furniture, is a great way to show off decorative display, art and books. Add some personality to your home by displaying travel souvenirs and your favorite books. This way, your functional storage option can also become a conversation piece. However, keep in mind that open shelving can breed dust and make constant cleaning necessary. 

Baskets

A cabinet or shelving can sometimes be too wide for certain items. You may want to use baskets or bins to segregate them and keep them organized. Woven baskets and colorful bins can be great additions to open shelving, as they keep your items free from dust and offer a decorative interest as well. 


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