Interiors advice - simple storage solutions

PUBLISHED: 08:58 18 October 2013 | UPDATED: 08:58 18 October 2013

Maritime themed storage trunk by Authentic Models

Maritime themed storage trunk by Authentic Models


Justine Kirkham at James Brindley, Harrogate looks for simple storage solutions

It seems there’s never enough room for everything you want at home yet there’s no need to put up with clutter. In the kitchen, pantry cupboards with roll out drawers hide many a utensil. Remember drawers are more efficient than base cabinet cupboards as they bring the content out to you, rather than forcing you to crouch and reach. Choose kitchen designers who will create storage space to suit your needs be it to keep a cherished wine collection or your favourite pans and cookery books.

Don’t forget the space above head height too, ideal for extra shelving or fixing open boxes. Be creative and paint the boxes in different colours, just avoid making them too deep or those items at the back will never see the light of day. If you have a staircase, install shelves underneath or even within the steps for discreet extra storage.

In living areas, choose a coffee table that has integrated shelving to tidy away magazines, coasters, remote controls yet are still easy to find. Built-in window seats, ottomans or footstools with concealed storage offer space for spare cushions or throws. Match fabrics on padded lids and cushions to your room décor or use them just as an excuse to introduce a vibrant flash of colour to your scheme.

Industrial style and historic-themed trunks with drawers are very on trend in the industry at the moment and they are useful too as interesting side tables. Whether a quirky stag printed chest from John Lewis or a timeless maritime trunk by Authentic Models, they add modern twists to traditional storage for today’s family home. n

Justine Kirkham is head of design at James Brindley, Harrogate

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