They offer storage space without the bulkiness of chests, bookcases, and armoires. You can even swap out your nightstands for floating shelves.
Pretty geode-inspired wrapping paper makes an eye-popping addition to the white bookshelf. Use a utility knife to cut the patterned paper to fit the height and width of the bookshelves, then adhere with double-sided tape. Vases and quirky knicknacks add depth, while wicker baskets stash magazines and movies on the bottom shelf.
BEFORE: Handy Hutch
Gone are the days of big, bulky televisions, and so should be the giant armoires that housed them. Other than a few fashionable features, including crown molding and decorative panels, this dated design needed a complete overhaul.
AFTER: Handy Hutch
To modernize the antiquated armoire, add shelves to the upper cabinet and replace the scalloped kickplate with a straight board. Finish with a coat of creamy yellow paint and shiny brass hardware.
The trick to mixing patterns is to pick a color theme—here, reds, browns, and blues—and to use big swaths of solid color (the brown sofa, red chairs, and green ottoman) to anchor the space.
The secret to taming a fiery red? Balance it with pops of white. White wall accents with the white fireplace, chair rail, and coffee table keep the bold color in check.