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Expert's corner: how to fix six classic storage scenarios

From storing children's toys to opting for a multi-function bedroom, here's how to nail it...
   Roselind Wilson  |  written on: 22-01-2022 09:00am

Many people believe the secret to a calm, happy home is an organised, clutter-free space. But how do you create order and keep all that clutter at bay?

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The answer is effective storage - after all, well-planned systems can make an enormous difference to the smooth running of your home.

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When storage works well, everything has its place which means that essential items can be located quickly and easily. But it’s not just about functionality. With the right design help, storage solutions such as bespoke cabinetry and elegant shelving can become a thing of beauty in your home and make a real aesthetic impact.

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Storage scenario #1: opt for full-height
A great way to maximise storage space is to use full height bespoke fitted cabinetry. For example, in a recent project we worked on, the client requested library shelving for their large hallway as well as a 'hidden' work space.

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The solution was floor-to-ceiling shelving and a large timber pocket door which slides away to reveal a built-in desk and additional storage.

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Storage scenario #2: think bespoke
Creating adequate storage in a bedroom is absolutely essential and floor-to-ceiling bespoke joinery is the most effective way to maximise space. In one recent project, the client wanted to create a generous master bedroom on the top floor of a mews house which meant that the eaves had to be factored into the design.

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To maximise space, we used a stud wall to define the bed area and to create a flush finish for the recessed wardrobe which was built under the sloping ceiling. The dressing table is also built in and extends across the full width of the wall to highlight the cohesive nature of the joinery.

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In the master dressing room of another project, bespoke ash veneer joinery was fitted right up into the apex to maximise space. The client was very specific about their storage needs and with the amount of clothes they both had, we realised a lot of space was required!

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Taking the fitted joinery right up to the apex maximised the available storage space. Vertical and horizontal inlays and antique brass handles make the wardrobes feel part of the architecture. And the dark timber library-style ladder allows access to the highest cupboards while providing a pleasing contrast to the lighter veneer of the joinery.

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Storage scenario #3: go multi-purpose
A multi-functional room needs extra thought when it comes to planning out storage and making furniture choices. A neutral palette and some carefully considered built-in joinery can help create an elegant, streamlined space which can be used for a variety of purposes.

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For example: in one recent project, the clients wanted a study which could also double-up as a bedroom for their grandchildren. We chose soft, muted tones alongside bespoke joinery, which included a combination of open and closed storage. The purpose-built desk in grey-green oak can be kept clutter-free thanks to the high level, shelving, whilst the single sofa-beds at opposite ends of the room can be used as armchairs or beds according to the client’s needs.

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Storage scenario #4: More room to boot
If space allows, a designated boot room can be a great asset to the home in terms of keeping mud and clutter out of the rest of the house. A crucial consideration when planning this space is the type of storage to choose. I would always recommend including a combination of cubby holes for easy access and closed-in drawers or cupboards to house more unsightly items.

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For one project I oversaw recently, the boot room was designed around the needs of a family of four and their dog, all of whom spend a lot of time outdoors. Cubby holes finished with ash veneer were the perfect solution to ensure shoes and boots could be easily accessed. And the bench seating allows the children to quickly change their shoes as they’re coming and going.

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Storage scenario #5: child-friendly ideas
It’s important to allow for plenty of storage for books, toys and games in a child’s room but don’t forget to make it fun! For example - why not incorporate a ladder to access high shelves or even build a swing or a climbing wall into the joinery? 

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We always chat to the children to find out more about their personality and how they intend to use the room. For example, for the boy's bedroom in a recent project, he wanted to be able to keep his desk clear, so we created a run of shelves and pigeon-hole storage down one wall to allow him to tidy away all his books and games. We also chose a neutral colour palette to allow for easy updates as he gets older.

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Storage scenario #6: it's all in the finish
It’s worth considering a variety of textures for the finish of your storage cabinetry to prevent it looking one-dimensional. For example, in the basement of one project I worked on, the joinery incorporated an aquarium of tropical fish as well as bronze-coloured cupboards and shelving.

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The addition of accent lighting can also create interest and drama. Using lighting to illuminate rows of books, albums or personal objects in alcoves can add warmth and character to a room. In the living room of one of our projects, the alcoves were all individually lit which completely transformed the look and feel of the space.

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Roselind Wilson


Roselind Wilson is owner and Creative Director, Roselind Wilson Design. With 18 years’ experience in the design industry, Ros started her career in Cape Town, where she worked in the high-end residential and hospitality sectors, transforming homes and redefining boutique hotels for discerning clients. After moving to London in 2005 she honed her design flair at some of London’s leading design firms before opening Roselind Wilson Design in 2010. With an impressive portfolio of high-end residential properties, the studio brings a fresh, hands-on approach to the world of interior design and a unique hybrid of looks that creates a calming elegance and a sense of quiet luxury that connects home and owner.

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