Simple is beautiful

When it comes to planning storage and home design, sometimes the simplest solutions have the most to offer. The test of good design can be that we barely know it’s there.

In the right setting, a highly decorated or unusual layout is absolutely right. Often, though, we simply want our bits and bobs out of the way in a piece of furniture so convenient, classic and well-built that we hardly notice it at all.

It becomes part of the room, like it’s always been there, especially when a pair of wardrobes fit a couple of alcoves like hands in gloves. The effect may be simple but the execution to make it so is critical: like the wardrobes we designed here – the fit, the perfect infills, the top detailing matching the height and style of the picture rail – all of these need careful thought and skilled installation to create the effect.

Simple alcove wardrobes harmonise with the room with plinth details and perfectly fitted infills

Simple alcove wardrobes harmonise with the room with plinth details and perfectly fitted infills

In a living area, the bits and bobs multiply. To create a clean, open-plan feel it’s vital to have the right storage to make whisking all our stuff away as easy as pie. The effect is ordered, and helps us relax in an uncluttered room where we know exactly where to find a necessary item.

In high-ceilinged rooms like the one for which we created the storage wall below, built-in furniture makes efficient use of high-up space for less used items, which stay orderly, dust-free and still readily accessible. Even room heating is integrated for a fuss-free feel.

A full-height storage wall creates an ordered feel and makes efficient use of high-up wall space

A full-height storage wall creates an ordered feel and makes efficient use of high-up wall space

Our ordered home needs space for outside storage too. You might be surprised how many conversations we have with clients about storing bins, recycling and other useful but unattractive paraphernalia. If we get this right, the rest of the home feels instantly better.

The client for whom we designed this contemporary side passage (below) wanted a covered area to keep waste disposal bins dry (helpfully also keeping the rain off people using them) and out of sight. A sloping waterproof roof was necessary, but was given the invisibility treatment with a hard-wearing slatted wall. It’s simple but thoughtful, attractive but low-key.

There are more custom-built home storage ideas on our website, or call us to discuss what you need on 01225 330124.

Outdoor storage can also be clean, well-designed and contemporary

Outdoor storage can also be clean, well-designed and contemporary

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