A well-organized home is often a beautiful home. Most of us look at the clean homes featured in magazines and drool not only over their beauty, but also over their thoughtful and purposeful organization.
Those magazine-worthy homes really are on to something: form and function can go hand in hand. In fact, there are current trends in home decor and design that are actually centered around organization, having a dual purpose that looks great while really “working” for your home and lifestyle.
Here are just a few great home trends that are centered around organization.
Whether it’s a simple set of bookcases or a full-blown entertainment center, it’s hard to beat the beauty and convenience of a great built-in storage option. These units, made specifically to look as though they were “built in” to your home, give a home a unique, custom feel, while also adding a ton of functional storage space in the form of shelves, cabinets, and drawers. While this option may be a little more expensive than some of our other suggestions, it’s a trend that will not only give your home a whole new look, but will always be incredibly useful.
Clutter is the mortal enemy of an organized home, but baskets are the mortal enemy of clutter. These stylish, affordable additions are ultra useful when it comes to corralling items throughout the house. You could use a large, round basket on the floor to hold blankets or toys, or small, rectangular baskets on the countertop to organize mail or other papers. Think a random basket in your room will take away from the decor? Think again! Adding a natural element to a room (like, well, a woven basket) is a big trend right now that brings warmth and texture to any space. So identify your clutter problems, and solve them with a basket.
If a built-in unit, like we discussed above, isn’t really in the financial cards right now, never fear. There is an inexpensive alternative that will add a great aesthetic to your home while also upping your storage space: floating shelves. These shelves can be purchased from almost any store where home decor is sold, or they can be made if you’re handy with woodworking tools. Essentially, a thick shelf is attached directly to the wall, creating a “floating” effect. Floating shelves are popping up everywhere in home design, from kitchens to offices to bedrooms to bathrooms, and they’re the perfect solution for storing dishes, art supplies, books, knick-knacks, linens, and more. The best part? They don’t take up the precious floor space in your home, so they even work for small spaces.
If you believe that “there’s a place for everything,” then you’ll love the idea of a mudroom or drop zone for your home. These areas are seeing a surge in popularity recently, and they happen to be among the most functional spaces a home can have. Depending on the space you have to work with, you may have a full-blown mudroom with cabinets and a storage bench, or you may just have a designated space with some hooks on the wall and a basket or box for shoes. Whatever your situation is, designating a space to keep bags, shoes, umbrellas, keys, and more will not only make your life easier, but it will keep your home more organized and beautiful. Start simple with key, bag, and shoe storage, and then adjust the space to your needs, whether that means a recycling bin for junk mail or a laundry hamper for dirty socks. The important thing is to make it work for you.
These four big trends will not only keep your house feeling updated and fresh, but it will also keep it organized and, hopefully, easier to maintain. Why sacrifice form or function, when you can have both?
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