Get clutter-free for 2016 – our top storage tips

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  • There are plenty of options when it comes to smart storage. If you're looking for stylish solutions, why not browse these ideas from Homes & Gardens?

    Every home benefits from a regular declutter, but it can be tricky to
    find just the right storage solution. Often a mixture of open-plan
    options showcasing books or treasured collections combined with sleek
    hidden storage provides an ideal solution.

    Everyday items such as magazines and books can look fantastic when showcased on a modern, linear shelving system like this one. Try stacking books for a different look or ordering them by the colour of their jackets for a decorative look. Make your collection the centrepiece of a scheme by opting for simple, graphic shelves like these in monochrome with a pop of colour. An angular floor lamp will add depth to the look.

    Alternatively, for an utterly serene look, try storing items within smart, integrated cabinetry. In this scheme, discreet painted storage creates a sleek but traditional look, complementing the original shutters and simple exposed wood flooring. A sliding mechanism reveals the TV and other paraphernalia. Ask a recommended carpenter to draw up plans for this kind of bespoke storage.

    A well-ordered study area makes working from home more pleasurable. Even if your office space is compact, like this, a combination of cupboards and open shelving provides decorative detail while concealing less appealing items such as paperwork and printers. Try combining old and new for interest – in this case a tradtional desk and handsome window shutters contrast neatly with the unfussy lines of simple inset shelving.

    Don’t forget hard-working rooms such as bathrooms and kitchens which benefit from as much storage as possible, whether integrated or freedstanding. A painted dresser such as this one works well in a bathroom scheme, where towels and toiletries can be stowed in cupboards and decorative items displayed behind glass. Look for more unusual storage solutions too. In this case, a simple mantel shelf above the bath is a handy spot for accessories.

    For more storage ideas, why not take a look at these storage solutions and visit Homes & Gardens.

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