4 Rules to Stick To When Your Storage Containers Show

4 Rules to Stick To When Your Storage Containers Show

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Adrienne Breaux
Apr 26, 2015

Have you been following our advice for carving out storage space in unused spots? In small spaces, this storage search can be key to creating a space that functions well. From finding space under a bed or a sofa to using storage containers on shelves and above cabinets, if you've got storage containers that are visible, these four rules to stick to will ensure that your rooms look stylish, not over-stuffed.

Get unique or blend

You want to go one of two ways when you're faced with creating extra storage in your home by using storage containers: Either choose storage containers that will blend into where they will live (painted the same color as a wall or shelf, for instance, or be made of a material that complements the rest of the room, like naturally woven baskets in a bohemian-styled space) or you want them to stick out as their own design element. You can do that by thinking outside of the box to find unique containers to use for storage (like vintage crates, old luggage, etc.) or you want to work some DIY magic to give them a cool pattern or look. Both of these treatments will keep your storage containers from looking utilitarian and make them feel like a cohesive element of your design.

Prevent overflow

Whether you use storage containers with lids or not, you want to keep the outer appearance of them neat. Meaning, don't let the stuff in your containers overflow over the top, stick out of the sides or handles and in general look like your containers are about to explode. You can stay on top of the look by regularly stepping back to see your storage container area with fresh eyes and doing a little decluttering.

Make it uniform (or at the very least intentional)

There are exceptions, of course, but whatever type or DIY design you choose for your storage containers, keep it uniform for the area. So if you're going to have, say, four baskets above a kitchen cabinet, make them match (whether they blend into the wall or stick out with fabulous DIY). Why? It'll help keep your space from feeling disorganized and cluttered, presenting instead a more streamlined appearance.

Forget visible labels

Unless your storage containers are located in a home office or craft room, you might consider forgoing the labels (in the front, anyway). Labels will make your storage elements scream "storage!" instead of "cool design element" and you might not want guests knowing what are in all of your storage containers, anyway.

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