Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows

Maximizing the space in your home is one of the most important parts of savvy design. It’s easy to look at a space and think, “there is no more room for storage!” But, in my many years of experience as a decorator, I’ve found that that’s seldom true. One easy way to maximize space is to continue shelving around doors and windows. The storage doesn’t have to stop at a regular bookcase. Not only does this give you more space for storage, books, or decor, but it also adds some character to your home.

These ten examples of shelves around doors and windows show just how stylish and efficient this simple trick can be.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comBlue bookcases create an entire focal point around this passage that offers plenty of storage and looks great while doing it.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comBoxed shelving around these doors leading to a pantry provide extra storage space so important to a kitchen. By arranging the pieces in clever vignettes, they also create a great design statement.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comTurn your living room into a bona fide library with shelving that covers the walls. They even look great leading into an adjoining kitchen.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comTake advantage of that wall space on a landing by incorporating shelves to store books and momentos.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comThe shelves leading into the dining room were integrated right into the cabinetry for a seamless look.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comThe beautiful part about shelving is how much character it can bring to a space. This living room feels quaint and elegant, even as shelving covers every corner and goes along every window.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comThe interesting shape of the architecture around the windows is amplified by the shelving and the beautiful styling of them.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comWho wouldn’t love to curl up in this little window seat for some relaxing reading?

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comThe tall ceilings and interesting placement of the shelving creates an eye-catching focal point in this eclectic living room.

Maximizing Space: Shelves Around Doors & Windows | HomeandEventStyling.comEven a narrow shelf across the top of a door can provide some interest and extra storage. Just turn the books on their sides!

I love all the endless possibilities shelving has to offer. Many of these projects can be done in an afternoon and appreciated for a lifetime.

Warm regards,
Megan

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