If Marie Kondo or the modern minimalist movement encouraged you to embrace a pared-down aesthetic, you probably already know how challenging it can be to marry simple living with the functionality that busy lives demand.
Yes, interior magazines present the minimal look to perfection, and no doubt your own living room could look like a spacious, clean, and beautiful example of streamlined aspiration… if you could just get a handle on your ‘stuff’!
Never fear, we’re here to help. If you’ve already worked through your big minimalist clean-out and still have clutter which needs storing away from sight, the answer lies in better organisation.
The beauty of wall-mounted storage
A wall organizer is a superb example of minimalist wall storage. Not only can storage shelving units be customised for your needs, but they allow you to take your storage off the floor. Remember that one of the classic tricks that interior designers use is to lift furniture off the floor to allow the eye to move across the interior space without distraction. When combined with plenty of natural light, this trick creates a real sense of space.
A simple wall shelf unit provides flexible space that works particularly well for books. Classic, basic and easy to install, wall shelves can be placed high for items that you don’t need to access regularly. Place shelves high and around the perimeter of your room and you can also place trailing plants at strategic spots for a stylish finish that enhances the ambience and peace of your space.
A Wall Organizer
Upgrade your living room storage with custom furniture, such as a made-to-measure wall storage system that is designed entirely around your specific needs. With this type of living room storage, you can ensure that the finished result perfectly holds everything you need. Design shelves in a traditional layout or a more ad-hoc, graphical finish which incorporates space for artwork and plants. Add storage boxes for small items such as pens, keys and knick-knacks. Use the online planner to help get your arrangement and layout just right.
If you fancy trying your hand at some DIY, then pallets, orange crates… even wooden wine boxes can all be used to create simple modular wall units. These are best for light display purposes rather than for anything too functional, but they can certainly add visual interest as a quirky addition to your overall design scheme. Have some fun designing your own composite arrangements that allow you to express your personality and embrace your environmental credentials at the same time! This is a great way to create a unique storage that also creates a visual focal point for your living space.
Making the most of your storage
Whatever kind of wall storage space you go for, consider how large you want to go. Will you have a small unit in the middle or side of your wall, or will you maximise the entire area and make a full wall unit with varied types of storage space? For example, with a custom and modular unit you could have boxes, slots and shelves of different sizes to hold different types of item such as books, vinyl, stationery, artwork, plants, knick nacks and so forth.
Consider using boxes which look good and which can hide away more functional and less attractive items. Boxes in neutral shades will provide a calm backdrop that is visually unobtrusive. Those with a bright colour pop and pattern will become a visual signal in their own right and add to the overall look of your room. Similarly, you could choose a neutral wall shelving unit for a subtle and unobtrusive finish, or choose a bright colour to add life to the arrangement and make it into a focal point or accessory feature in its own right.
Spend time really thinking about your storage needs and aim to declutter first so that you don’t simply move loads of unnecessary stuff up off the floor! Then organise items by function, type, access need and so forth. Really think about what you need to use, and combine functional storage with pretty items that look good. Tumbling ivy plants, cute cacti, geometric shapes, candles, photo frames… all of these can transform something functional into a visually interesting arrangement that serves to provide valuable functionality to your home. At the same time, by being wall-mounted, it will ensure that your floor and living space are maximised.
How will you use your walls to better your storage and create a more functional, modern and streamlined minimalist home?