I live in a space-crunched world. But all my storage units—wardrobes, dining cabinets, bookcases—look heavy and overwhelm the ambience of the space on account of their sheer size. I can’t do without them, so what do I do?
Whether in the study for books, or the TV lounge for CDs, the units covering the wall form an important part of the character of the room.
Combine opaque shutters, translucent glass and open shelving to break the monotony of this storage monster. Sections above reachable height (above six ft) should have shutters to overcome the common Indian dust collection problem. Hide areas prone to clutter with opaque shutters—experiment with a bold duco paint or laminate. For display cases, colour the back surface a different colour from the walls to create visual play. Subdivide shelving sections with glass
shelves and add accessories at regular intervals. Give the piece character and it will have a visual impact on your visitors, rather than be an eyesore.
Don’t be square: Alternate accessories to keep the shelves visually different
For wardrobes, sliding shutters contain the wardrobe within its space even when you’re accessing your clothes. Break the facade by using glass, especially in areas covering the section for hanging clothes, as that area tends to stay tidier. Conceal the drawers behind the opaque shutters and incorporate the handles within the framework so they don’t make this storage unit stand out due to a contrasting material.
Play with depths if a complete wall is available. Remember, sections for hanging need 21” clear depth, whereas sections for shelving and drawers can be restricted to 18” (depending on the item being stored). By layering this unit, the depth appears less than it actually is, and hence the entire unit looks lighter.
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