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Does your home have an annoying upper cabinet that blocks your view of the family room? Do you feel cooped up in the kitchen while everyone else is having fun? Don't rip those cabinets down and lose the storage; open them up and enclose them in glass for see-through storage that keeps the view open, the light flowing and the storage intact.
One small glass shelving unit dramatically opens up this space. This design allows for an extra cabinet, a drawer, a countertop and three shelves, all while visually separating the spaces without cloistering them.
Mirrors are another great solution; they can open up a space by reflecting light and creating the illusion of a larger space. Try using a back-to-back mirror to divide the room.
You might have to look twice at this photo to see all the see-through elements. This space fits a dining room, a living room, a stairwell, a kitchen and a balcony. Why doesn't it looked like a crowded dorm room? See-through storage.
Open shelving divides the dining room from the entryway yet leaves the sight lines open all the way to the stairs. The open banisters upstairs add to the light and the feeling of open yet distinct spaces.
Built-in cabinets are a classic separation between the living and dining rooms in Arts and Crafts homes. Try updating this classic look for your home with open, geometrical cubbies.
Try creating see-through storage that mimics another piece of furniture in the room. This shelving unit echoes the lines and color tones of the hutch in the background but remains open to light. Wouldn't this look be perfect in that long, narrow open space in your ranch home?
Whether you are working with a tiny bathroom, an open living space or a cramped kitchen, see-through storage can be your solution.
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