Good Questions: How to Avoid the Doctor's Office Decor Effect?

Good Questions: How to Avoid the Doctor's Office Decor Effect?

Gregory Han
Jan 13, 2009

I have tons of (mostly design) magazines that I can't bring myself to get rid of. They are in boxes on my bookshelves, but some current ones I like to keep out. I really do love looking at them. I'm thinking of getting a wall magazine rack like the Kiri Wood Magazine Rack from VivaTerra, but don't want my living room to look like a doctor's office. What do you think? Thanks, Linda

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Linda, as reformed magazine-addicts (we used to work in publishing) we feel and sympathize with your inability to just let go of your magazines. Although our first bit of advice is to get rid of at least 50% of them (we swear, you'll feel a lot better), getting organized is a close second, especially if you can tastefully display your favourite issues at arm's length. The Kiri Wood Magazine Rack is a fairly neutral looking wall mount magazine rack, but we can see the "doctor's office" effect it might bring into your home decor. Interestingly enough, on the same site is an inspiration of how to avoid this problem. The appropriately named Misprint Magazine Rack is basically the same magazine rack, though shorter and obviously more decorated. Although we're not so hot on the Raggedy Ann-patchwork design, it is a good idea to note you could find a more subtle way to spice up the magazine rack with some contact paper or wallpaper. Or even painting the interior panels a lighter, complimentary colour that ties back into your other decorative pieces could end up being the right prescription to avoid the doctor's office effect.

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