Wall space above a bookshelf doesn't always have to have art. In this living room, designer Janna Allbritton used a wood coat rack with metal hooks, which is cheaper than a painting. Then you can display anything you want, whether it's a simple number for a graphic element or colorful hats or scarves.
A bold fire engine red front door opens to the home's welcoming entry with mudroom area. Hooks on the wall for hanging outdoor items like coats, jackets and umbrellas and a custom built-in bench that provides a spot to change shoes make the entry organized and user-friendly. Removing walls and enlarging an existing narrow hallway that cut the entry off from surrounding spaces really opened things up and improved flow in this first floor of the home.
Add two simple reclaimed-wood slabs, and presto! This recessed niche, just inside the backyard door, becomes a mudroom. Barker Freeman Design Office architects needed little more than the shelving and a few hooks to create an ideal setup for removing shoes and stashing flotsam. Keeping the wall color the same as in the rest of the room allows for continuity, but the paler hue on the surrounding wall helps to define the space.
Allowing you to utilize wall space and also keep items off the floor, slatwall (PVC panels) is available in a variety of colors and can accommodate items you want to hang, with specialty hooks for bikes, golf bags, skis and more. Attachable baskets and shelving allow you to store smaller items, making it easy to find them quickly.
Just one or two key pieces can transform an underutilized wall into a mini-mudroom packed with storage. Placing a small storage bench with bins or baskets near the door is a fantastic way to control inbound clutter. Well-placed hooks, cubbies and shelves add plenty of storage and make the most of limited space. Add small-scale artwork and throw pillows to keep the look sophisticated and polished.
When used in multiples with a range of sizes, wreaths can make excellent wall or door sculptures. To create a snowman sculpture, pick up one large, one medium and one small wreath. Attach all three wreaths to one another with twine or decorative ribbon. Next, secure the grouping of wreaths to the front of a door with self-adhesive plastic hooks or over the door with a wreath hanger. For wall applications, use picture nails around the top of each of the three wreaths, then secure to the wall with hammer.
A set of brightly colored hand towels can perk up the kitchen for mere pennies. And you aren’t limited to the oven door handle: hang interesting linens (aprons and oven mitts, too) from hooks or pegs on a floating wall shelf or line a wooden bowl on the countertop to add punch. Shown are waffle-weave Salsa dish cloths and towels from Crate & Barrel.
Measure board, evenly spacing desired number of hooks or knobs to hold three to six stockings. Mark each spot with pencil. Drill pilot holes in pencil marks and insert knobs. Hang on nails secured in studs or screws and anchors. Always use caution and wear safety glasses when working with power tools. Tip: Use knobs with a flat screw backing so shelf will hang flat against wall.
The bathroom walls were painted light yellow with white beaded board wainscoting. New tile floors in a traditional pattern adds to the character of the room and a subway tile bathtub and shower were installed. A gray and white patterned towel hangs on a rustic hook.
Often times, getting that chic, edited look you see online and in magazines isn’t as hard as you think. Just don’t overthink small opportunities. For example, this little niche in the corner of the apartment wasn’t built out into an elaborate cubby system to create extra storage, the homeowner simply added ONE bar and three hooks painted out to match the wall color. An elegant solution, now the coats and accessories feel like part of the décor. Their beauty and texture really pop in such a pared down environment.
A glass sliding door leads from the indoor bathroom out to this outdoor shower. A gorgeous, warm woodgrain wall supports a tall bronze, hooked shower head and matching handle. A wood bench is perfect for setting down a drink and storage bath products.
Frosted glass walls close off this outdoor shower space while keeping the space bright. The long patio design leaves plenty of room outside the wet area for dry storage. A wood wall supports the hooked bronze shower head and offers a warm hue to the cool tones of the design. Stool create easy and mobile storage and seating options.
Mustard colored walls set a warm tone for this country bathroom. Natural wood frames the mirrors and built-in shelf, adding a classic country detail. A copper faucet and towel hook and copper tile in the shower add some shine to the matte palette. A blue shower curtain adds an extra touch of color.
If there is no room on the walls near the sink for a hand towel ring or hook, take it to the countertop. Designer Jennifer Foster filled a red tray with a small towel stand for a boy’s bathroom. Decorative hand towels also are an easy way to make a bathroom look more polished, and designers often opt for ones with simple patterns such as stripes.
Tiny neutral tile comes together to form an accent panel in this sleek white shower. The small tile in the design provides a beautiful texture contrast to the smoother finish of the large marble tiles. The inside panel features rows of small circles. On the next wall, a mounted hook provides easily accessible towel storage over the built in bench.