Quick Space Refresher: Re-Design Your Open Storage

Quick Space Refresher: Re-Design Your Open Storage

Susie Nadler
Aug 10, 2009
Our dining area open storage after a weekend re-design

Surely we've all fallen prey to the home décor doldrums, when everything in the house suddenly looks a little tired. Sometimes all it takes to refresh your space is a good cleaning, and sometimes nothing will do but a whole new layout for a room. For an in-between solution, a quick refresher that requires minimal effort and can actually be fun, consider re-styling any open shelving or storage in your home, clearing out clutter and replacing things you're sick of looking at with items you've had stowed away...

We'd have published a before photo of our dining area shelves, but the fact is, to the casual observer, they might not look that different. We only shuffled things around, added a few touches—the cherries photograph (a gift from a beloved aunt), the little white ceramic pears, a birthday bottle of 10 Cane rum—and cleared other things away, but somehow after staring at the old arrangement for months, the new design pictured above just wakes up the whole space.

Here are a few fun open storage photos to get you inspired...

We love the take on the "coffee service" on these shelves, from the book BabyCakes by Erin McKenna (photographed by Tara Donne).

In another vignette by Tara Donne, a waist-high shelf is left open for somebody's tea and snack, with open storage below.

Love the open shelving in this kitchen, styled by Sasa Antic. The orange canisters provide a fun pop of contrast with the aqua cabinetry. So pretty!

If you do decide to re-style your own open shelving, here's some more inspiration from Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, too:

Organizing: Open Storage Solutions for "Seekers"
Kitchen Spotlight: Open Storage in Small Kitchens
Tip: Creating Well-Edited Open Storage

(Images: Susie Nadler; Tara Donne; Sasa Antic)

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