The large variety of items in this shelving area are given designated areas and grouped to create order within the "chaos."
Built-in bookshelves like this provide an established place to store many item. The strict geometrics of the shelving help divide up the stuff.
A mix of open shelving and cabinetry allows for displaying only what you want to — and keeping the rest hidden.
The sleek dark furniture and leather add an understated elegance, allowing for a balance with the books, which could be stuffed in in any manner and still look great.
It's impossible with kids to think of keeping toys away all the time. Let them have free access to what they love, but keep what is out to a minimu. Consider a toy closet you pull from.
Spots here and there for children throughout a home make so much sense. Rather than being overrun with toys, peacefully integrate the kids' world with yours. Note the storage under the bench, the built-in shelving, and the small piece of chalkboard wall. The chairs in the background are actually high chairs.
Group things together in open kitchen shelving to create a cafe feel with order. Keeping to one color of dishes allows for mixing, matching and stacking with style.
This small kitchen exhibits how open shelving can look simultaneously full and ordered. Choose one kind of jar and fill them with bulk items you buy at the store. You can save on packaging and produce less waste. Plus it looks super cool.
Keeping to a kind of Danish-modern color palette helps any clutter that accumulates look deliberate and brilliant. From the art hung here and there to the stacks accumulating at the desk, every piece looks meant to be.
This bright blue provides a great background for a collection of mirrors. The many details in this exotic setting all come together into one smooth whole.
Sectioning off a space helps keep work chaos in check. While this is a busy and clearly much-used work space, it is divided by shelving and storage to keep it invigorating, but not distracting. Plus it's tucked away in this little space so delicately.