Culford Road N1Scandinavian Family & Games Room, London
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Build in an occasional banquetteForming a long, low storage unit down the full width of a living room can be a very effective interior device. Here, the unit is used as a place for the TV to sit, while the accompanying detritus of HD unit, cables and so on can all be hidden within it. There’s plenty of additional storage in the unit, which allows the room to be kept lovely and clear. The TV can also be moved aside and cushions brought out so the unit can double up to form additional seating when needed, such as for parties.
Keep it low-levelA low-level solution is perfect for keeping a room feeling airy while providing discreet yet accessible storage. If you have space for a clear run along the length of a wall, as here, the cupboards should provide a good amount of storage with minimum impact on the look of the room. The top of the unit would make a great spot for displaying decorative items, too.If you can’t find a shop-bought piece to fit your space, try configuring a series of cupboards into the shape you’re after, or commission a joiner to create a tailor-made unit exactly to your style and dimensions.
Take time to tidyAny home looks better when it’s as neat as a pin, so try to tackle any entrenched scruffy tendencies and take time each day to tidy up. This is far less arduous than cleaning but can make a huge impact and reveal your home’s best bits, unhampered by piles of clutter and paperwork. Plump cushions, clear mail to a designated drawer, hang stray keys on hooks and pile newspapers into a basket. Do this for 10 minutes after work and before you relax. Consider investing in a few pieces that will help you tidy faster each day, too. Baskets, hooks and pegs can all help, and once you have a place for the kinds of things that routinely litter your home, you will find it quicker and easier to organise and tidy them away.
Scale downForget the heavy wooden designs that often come to mind when you imagine a rocking chair and opt for something beautifully light and contemporary. This elegant steel design by midcentury English designer Ernest Race preceded his Antelope chair and is now a super-desirable design icon.