Look through some Apartment Therapy house tours and you'll start to notice a trend or two. One trend you can't ignore? Records and books are totally chic when displayed in open shelving. DVDs and video games are simply not as common, and yet many of us own them.
It's hard to come by a sophisticated look, but these days there are more options than ever when deciding whether to display vs. store your video games and movies.
Swapping your covers for something more chic can be a conversation starter. Cases from JamesBit combine classic Penguin book covers with video game titles. These cases are perfect for the vintage gaming nerd and can even be customized. They're $2 each on Etsy.
Thematic tchotchkes are a lot more interesting when combined with your movies. For example, in Amber Abramson's house tour, we find bears and flags flanked by movies, new and old.
Displaying your movies can add a lot of clutter to an otherwise open and clean space. The fix? By choosing a media stand that has a lot of built in storage, you can stack hundreds of games and movies inside. Mike captures this idea well in his apartment tour.
There are myriad shelving options in every price range and style online. This pocket shelving unit from Stringfurniture makes an appearance in a Swedish house tour that is the pinnacle of media minimalism.
Large televisions are just begging to be the center of attention in modern homes. Especially when fireplaces are involved. When flanked by great media storage, they truly stand out. In Daniel's loft, the media storage adds great weight to the room, while hiding all his favorite movies.
Embrace your collection. To be honest, my media collection is out of control, and when it gets to that point, sometimes it's best to just embrace it. That's what Jenny and Collin did in their Austin office. They filled an entire wall with shelving and packed it with games, movies and books. The result is impressive from a design and organizational perspective.
Consider "where" and "what" you display. Even if you buy a quality media unit, it's nice to change up the look from time to time. Kelly and Michael leave one door open on their piece; it's a nice touch that shows off their cleanly organized and dust free media.
Store your collection in decorative storage. There are more affordable and design-friendly storage boxes available now than ever before. I love the idea of organizing your movies and games by genre in boxes like these orange ones showcased over at Better Homes and Gardens (they're either the same or similar to The Container Store Stockholm line).
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