How To Incorporate Intelligent Storage Into Minimal Design

Scandinavian inspired design is in fashion at the moment, and that means clean, sleek furnishings, wide open spaces and minimalistic living. If you’ve acquired a lot of stuff over the last few years, then the thought of trying to turn your “lived-in” lounge into a stylishly minimalist living room may fill you with dread.  The good news is, minimal design doesn’t have to mean giving up all of your treasured possessions.  Here is a quick look at some of the best in minimalist storage solutions.

Floating Shelves

Even minimalist interior design can still include an ornament or two!  Floating shelves are a great way to achieve the minimalist look while still giving you the chance to put up some ornaments, pictures, greetings cards, and other decorations.

Where normal shelves have visible brackets, which would ruin the sleek, minimalist look, floating shelves are far thicker and the brackets are hidden inside the wood, creating the illusion that the shelves are simply levitating in front of the wall.  This is ideal for any minimalistic living room or bedroom.

Under-Stair Storage

Most old homes have a small storage room under the stairs.  Why not make use of this room to store all those things that you really need, but rarely use?  Put up shelves in the under-stair room, and use metal shelving units on rails to store bulky-but-light items.  When you need access to the stuff at the back of the cupboard simply wheel out the units to give yourself space to look around.

Concealed and Cunning

Amsterdam based designers Xander Vervoort and Leon Van Boxtel specialize in creative and cunning storage solutions for people interested in minimalistic living.  Some of these designs are incredibly attractive, and can hold an amazing amount of stuff. Once you figure out where all of your much loved possessions should go, you’ll love how clean and simple your room looks.

When space is at a premium, it’s a good idea to make use of every little corner you can.  Banquette storage is a good way to do this. The seating is functional and fits the theme of the room well, while also serving double duty as a storage area.  If you put a sliding door on the back, then no-one needs to know what’s hidden away in there!

Minimialist living isn’t something that only adults can enjoy.  You can find inventive storage solutions for kids too.  This padded modular storage system (http://pinterest.com/pin/246149935853208307/) is safe, appealing, and fun. Hopefully, it will be fun enough that your kids will be inspired to put things back in their boxes.

If you want to embrace minimalist design, then having a good de-clutter before you redecorate will make life easier, but you won’t have to throw away as much as you think.  Don’t let yourself be put off from embracing this beautiful form of design because you feel like it’s going to be impossible to achieve perfection. Anyone can do it!  Work on one room at a time and you’ll be amazed at the results you can achieve.

This article was written by James Harper on behalf of Bingham Self Storage, storage experts. Follow this link to their site to find out more about their storage space.
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