6 ways to work open storage

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    1. Make a musical montage

    Don’t hide away your record collection in cardboard boxes – keep your favourite musical memories on display by creating an LP shelf. This dark grey paint sets off the bright album covers and the library ladder is an ingenious touch so you can always have the perfect track easily to hand, whatever the occasion.

    2. Add a splash of colour

    Bright shelving is an easy way to add bright
    pops of colour to a room without changing the colour of your walls. Set
    off neutral tchotchkes against a contrasting storage box or group
    together objects in similar colours for serious impact. The sunshine
    yellow of the unit above will get everyone smiling – and admiring your
    pretty things!

    3. Show off your shoes

    It seems such a shame to buy beautiful heels and keep them shut away in wardrobes for most of the year. Instead, take a cue from the room above, where the owner has made her shoe collection into a focal point of her dressing room. Keeping the decor feminine with pale pink walls and a pretty vanity table makes this the ultimate girly haven.

    4. Bring it back to basics

    For those with a more minimalist approach, this simple wooden shelving turns culinary basics into a feature. As well as making finding your favourite mug or the right saucepan a breeze, the open look in such a used part of your home will ensure you stop cluttering your kitchen up with chipped wine glasses and lid-less Tupperware.

    5. Create an indoor garden

    If you’re planning on keeping your storage open, why not kill two birds with one stone and give your houseplants a new lease of life? Clusters of green plants, succulents or bright bunches of flowers will add something unexpected to your house. Plus, keeping so many in one place makes remembering to water them all that much easier.

    6. Frame your favourites

    A quick an easy way to hop on board this trend? Find a large frame and create your own shelves inside it. By sticking to one colour theme and painting the frame to match the walls your guests won’t know if they’re looking at storage or art!


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