They offer storage space without the bulkiness of chests, bookcases, and armoires. You can even swap out your nightstands for floating shelves.




Basic Bookshelf

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.

Seeing Red

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.