Home Organization Tips: Introduction

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DECIDING ON A STYLE

In today’s style-conscious times, it's vital to plan storage that's as stylish as it's practical. Take time to choose looks and finishes that appeal. As well as leafing through interiors magazines, visit home stores to look at designer storage systems and check out chain stores for budget options that may be customized.

Do your research in less obvious places, too. Look carefully at the ways stores display goods, as shop fixtures are often imaginatively designed. In restaurants, check out how they stack tableware, combining ease of access with good looks.

Early on, decide whether cupboards and shelves will blend with the interior architecture at home. In a period property, with pretty paneling or high baseboards, it makes sense to match built-in carpentry to the prevailing style. In small rooms, such uniformity will also enhance the space. But in a large room or an open-plan zone, it can be fun to use storage to set a new decorative tone.



The more you find out about potential surfaces for doors, or shelf trims, the more imaginative the looks will be. As well as rich wood veneer, stainless steel, or painted board, you could consider frosted glass, plexiglass, and fabric or suede.

Detailing matters too, so look for decorative handles for cupboards and drawers. There’s a huge choice, from stainless steel to resin, glass to leather: often, just adding new handles can instantly update storage. If open shelves are to be lined with containers, choose wisely.



Identical wicker baskets, zinc tubs, or plastic boxes look good lined up, but buy a few spares, so that you can add gradually to the storage system.


If you are devoting an entire wall to closets, plan the style and materials as carefully as you might a wallpaper or fabric. To make flush floor-to-ceiling doors "disappear," paint them a color to match the walls. If choosing wood or veneer doors, ask to see a large sample in order to gauge the overall effect, as highly decorative grains can look very dominant.

Check out unusual sources to give a fresh twist to purpose-built shelving. These riveted steel units, originally destined as warehouse shelving, add a raw decorative contrast to the sleek wood finishes.


Take time to research good containers to line up on shelves or over wall cupboards. In addition to the mall, look at mail-order storage catalogs and office-supply stores. Match the container to the mood in the room. For a simple country finish, woven baskets or wood containers look great, or for a wackier storage option try glass cube vases or identical sturdy brown shopping bags.Take time to research good containers to line up on shelves or over wall cupboards. In addition to the mall, look at mail-order storage catalogs and office-supply stores. Match the container to the mood in the room. For a simple country finish, woven baskets or wood containers look great, or for a wackier storage option try glass cube vases or identical sturdy brown shopping bags.

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