Shelving ideas – smart ways to enhance storage in your home

Functional and stylish, shelving is a great way to add impact and storage in one handy hit

Carefully thought-out shelving can really enhance your space. Take a look at these original ideas for combining personality and practicality in every room….

THINK OUTSIDE THE BOX

Why not follow the trend for using recycled or salavaged pieces in the home, whether you choose to hang antique wooden fruit crates, or an industrial-style wire office tray, like this one from Vincent and Barn.

GO MODERN

At the other end of the scale, simple floating shelves create a modern, fluid look that suits period and contemporary homes alike. We love this example from Ikea, where texture and style has been brought to plain shelves with a collection of rustic kitchenware. Try making artful tableaus out of your possessions for a more interesting look.

DE-CLUTTER

Shelving is also a great way to declutter children’s bedrooms while still allowing handy access. Simple yet clever, these colourful tongue-and-groove shelves from Great Little Trading Co. work beautifully. They can be hung with the brackets either up or down and are available in a variety of colours. Hanging them low means that toys can be reached easily by little hands.

TRY A RUSTIC LOOK

Create a pared-down, rustic aesthetic with a simple wire wall unit, like this one from Loaf. Hooks provide storage for towels while the open display provides easy access and the chance to showcase stylish toiletries. The look is all the more striking against a plain wall – keep the rest of the scheme simple to really pack a punch.

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