Whenever someone is on the cusp of a remodeling project and are at odds on where to start, I suggest one start with storage. The best designed interiors begin with a well organized space. This type of organization is a product of bookshelves and storage cabinetry, storage with personality and charm. These are pieces of interior architecture which can render a room a pass or fail. Why start with shelving? If it is built in, and the best ones are, a simple bookcase can transform the entire layout of a room. The storage wall in this dining room is functional art. A built-in unit creates a distinctive feature which can add interest and value to a home. Open storage and display makes for a very elegant room divider. This open hallway is completely transformed with a gentle curve. Home office or library? Determine what needs to be stored or displayed and this will help the design evolve into one which is useful. Create a reading niche with a built-in daybed. Opportunities exist in an attic space or other room which falls under a sloped roof line to tuck in shelves and storage. These corner bookshelves (source unknown) are one of my favorite ways to cozy up a space. Corners can often be a dead spot, especially in a large open room. Shelving adds architectural interest and transforms the area into useable space.
The next time you are thinking about remodeling or giving a room a make-over consider starting with shelving or other storage. When thinking about the cost of calling the carpenter and designer, remember built-ins add value to a home. Ever notice how people ooh and ahh over Craftsman style homes? It is all about the built-in storage. Home buyers love great built-ins. The most attractive way to transform the typical box-like room is with great shelving. Photos: 1 & 2 – Architectural Digest, 3 – Elle Decor, and 4 – 6 Interiors Magazine.