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We considered our own insights, researched and talked with North American Interior Designers & industry professionals to bring you the Top 10 Home Design Trends & Movements for 2011. This week we talked storage with Canadian Designer, Alison Habermehl of HD STYLE STUDIO. She shared with us some insight and tips to best utilize your space with great storage ideas.
#1 Movement – A LOT of Storage Space
Whether searching for your next home, building new or renovating your current home, the demand for storage space has become increasingly popular. Built-in closets and multipurpose pieces are ideal. Take the galley-style kitchen for example. Typically you’re dealing with a more long and narrow space, which can create major challenges when incorporating storage into your plans. Alison was able to maximize the dining space in this kitchen (pictured below) by partnering a window bench with a bar height table. Notice the use of storage under the window seat – perfect for keeping serving dishes you don’t use on the regular. Its about maximizing whats already in your home (or what you bring into your home) and keeping the clutter to a minimum.
Walk-in pantries are a dream; they free up space in your kitchen, decrease the need for endless cupboards (which are also expensive) and increase the real estate on your walls. Consider the perfect wall color you can actually see or artwork you can hang with all the space youll save.
Kitchen Storage Tips from Alison: