Distressed Parquet ClassicEclectic Living Room, London
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Go long with a benchTop marks to the designers of this home for turning a bulky living-room radiator into a practical (and presumably lovely and warm) bench. Adding a tactile wooden top to the industrial-style radiator packs plenty of extra seating space into the compact room, as well as adding visual interest. This is a great solution if you have a sturdy, low-level radiator. Make sure you check how much weight it can handle before attempting something similar though.
Connect levelsStorage can unite an open-plan space, but it can also pull two separate levels together. Here, steps up to a mezzanine above a large open-plan living, dining and cooking space are flanked with shelves and cupboards. They lead the eye up, helping to connect the mezzanine with the floor below and creating a sense of flow.
Don’t underestimate the space you needThere comes a moment in every household’s storage strategy when one has to confront the truth: however clever and well-designed your storage is, some stuff just ain’t going to fit in. You might hope that smart storage will conceal your hoarding habit, but ultimately you’ll just spill over. Instead, be realistic from the start: a generously sized storage wall, as seen here, can hopefully help you hold a large chunk of your books and files in one place, reducing the potential for clutter elsewhere.Don’t want built-in storage? Here are some great freestanding ideas