How to Increase Your Storage Capacity

If you are an interior decorating aficionado, you understand the importance of creative storage. We decorators need room to store all of our seasonal decor, textiles, and favorite items when they are relaxing in the off-season. Plus, I don’t know a serial designer out there who doesn’t also love to entertain, which means even more storage for platters, dishware, and glasses. Sometimes, interior design is just as much about what you can’t see as what you can.

Here are some room by room ideas for how to increase your storage capacity in some of the most unlikely spaces. This can help you to store all of the extras that tend to become cluttered if you aren’t too careful.

The Kitchen. If you are planning a remodel, forget about the color wheels and cabinet door styles for just a moment (I know, it’s hard to do!). Instead, focus on how your cabinet and wall spaces can be functionally upgraded to the limit. Smart and organized kitchen storage is a reverent sight to behold, and we all shake our heads in wonder when we see it in person. The time you spend to be thoughtful now, will pay off for years to come.

Your Staircase. What? The staircase? Yes! The staircase is one of the most overlooked storage opportunities in the home. It’s vast, and it has lots of empty spaces that could be full of specialty cocktail glasses, seasonal cook books, and interior decorating accessories. If you happen to be in the process of designing your home, bully for you because you can begin working with your architect or contractor to modify the planned staircase. Otherwise, you can hire a contractor to take a look at your staircase and some of these pictures, to determine how your staircase(s) can be amended.

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The Laundry Room. Don’t let a single wall or nook in your laundry room or mudroom go un-purposed. If you see a blank space, think shelves. If you see a drawer space, think pull-out organizers. If there is a wide open closet, determine how the space can best be used. It’s amazing what well-planned storage (even in a small space) can do to reduce clutter in your interior decorating plan.

The Bathroom. If there is one room that is the most prone to clutter, it is probably the bathroom. We are usually in there in a flurry, and there are often deep-set cabinets that quickly become a mish-mash of stuff if you aren’t careful. However, just like the kitchen, you can create pull-out drawers and organized shelving and cabinetry that will help you keep things neat, stored, and clutter-free. Also, in an open floor plan, walls are usually a part of the building’s structure. However, bathrooms are the one spot where interior walls may only be functional, in which place they can be used for more hidden storage opportunities.

Closets. It can’t be emphasized enough what a difference an efficiently organized closet is. You will gain loads of usable space by making the investment in a professional closet design. Or, you can spend time at a local home improvement store and buy pre-made closet organizers that will also do the trick. Either way, the more space you have to store things, the less visible they will be in your actual living space.

Taking the time to redesign functional storage spaces will pay off in the form of an organized, clutter-free, and spacious interior design.

Whether you need help with interior decorating, or are looking to redesign your storage spaces, we can help. Contact Kristina Wolf Design, Inc. for modern interior design expertise.

5 Simple Ways to Breathe New Life Into Your Living Room

Sometimes, we need a major interior design overhaul. Other times, some simple fixes are all that are needed to breathe new life and energy into a living space. If you are looking for room decor ideas that will give your living space a face-lift without breaking the bank – or your back – here are some ideas for you.

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5 (Relatively) Simple Room Decor Ideas for a Whole New Look:

  1. Add Wall Art. Painting a room is a tried and true way to change it up. However, wall art adds a completely different dynamic. It can even be 3-D. Whether you choose to draw a design freehand, use pre-made wall art decals, or trace stencils or pre-made forms, wall art can add a conversation-worthy element to your room decor. Here are some examples:
    • Whimsical. These lavender walls, adorned with a hand-painted, gold, bare-branched silhouette of a cherry tree add a magical feel to this small dining room.
    • Creative. This urban apartment mimicked the skyscape outside, adding a creative element to the living room. Best of all, the wall art is a decal, ideal for the non-artist decorators out there.
    • Patterns. Add an ornate pattern to a wall by using large stencils. They are easy to do on your own, using a level to ensure the lines are straight.
  2. Never Fear Stripes. Stripes are definitely in right now but they can be a little daunting for the first-time DIY striper! If you would like to add stripes to a room, take it easy. Tackle a striped accent wall, rather than the whole room, so you aren’t overwhelmed. If you feel confident, go ahead and use bold colors. If you feel more conservative, stripes in muted shades can create the texture and visual interest you want without the risk of creating visual chaos.
  3. Reupholster Your Furniture. Reupholstering is one of the most savvy things a homeowner can learn to do in order to get a whole new look from a solid piece of furniture. Plus, repurposing household linens or fabrics into new chair covers or slipcovers is good for the planet too! Look at what a little paint and new upholstering did for this chair – it went from Granny’s House to Swank Central.
  4. Go Shopping at Home. One of the best room decor ideas for a new look is to simply go shopping at home. Go through boxes of trinkets and textiles you tucked away in the garage or a storage unit. Walk through your rooms and consider how different pieces of furniture, accent pieces, and artwork might look better somewhere else. With a little rearranging and switching around, you can have a whole new look without ever leaving your house or spending a single penny.
  5. Invest in High-Quality Pillows and Shams. Accent pillows can completely transform the way a living room looks without changing much else. Make an investment in high-quality accent pillows and changeable pillow shams, and you will be able to make a change from conservative, to eclectic, to contemporary in a matter of minutes. Another quick change? Look for window curtain panels when they go on sale. Purchase a few sets in various styles and colors, and that blend with your pillow shams. In less than a half an hour, your room can have a whole new feel.

If you are interested in professional assistance for room decor ideas that will change your living spaces, contact Kristina Wolf Design, Inc.  We can give you the complete interior design overhaul you have always wanted, or can suggest and implement simple changes that will transform your home.