One of the questions I am often asked when it comes to helping clients with their houses is where to find good looking storage. Not everything can be built in and sometimes you want a piece of furniture that looks good but is useful as well. Today I thought we would look at five of the best storage units that are around at the moment.
GREEN BRASS DISPLAY CABINET
New in this season is this handsome green metal cabinet with brass handles. I love that it’s green but as it’s dark it won’t fight with existing decor – actually I think it will go with pretty much anything you already have going on the room.
It’s been styled with plates for a kitchen or dining room but would work just as well in a sitting room for books or games or even a bathroom – if you had the space – with towels. in.
Vintage is always good as you know and this Hungarian cabinet has been restored and painted in a gorgeous shade of dark grey. In my fantasy kitchen, which is horribly impractical and entirely unfitted this would have pride of place. In the real world, put it in a dining room or at one end of a kitchen diner, or on a landing with linen in. As with all today’s pieces you can put them anywhere you have space and store whatever needs putting away.
I have been a fan of Coucou Manou for years and Nell’s gorgeous cabinets which come in a variety of colours and sizes. She can also tweak the sizes to come up with something bespoke if the standard sizes don’t quite work for you. In addition to this three door sideboard, there is also a tall version as well as smaller options with one or two doors – the former making a for a fancy bedside cabinet for example. She also has a stunning version in emerald green.
Now you know when fashion people talk about clothes and say: “It looks like nothing on the hanger but wait till you see it on.”? This is one of those pieces. This isn’t a great picture. It doesn’t look that amazing but somehow when it’s in a real room filled with real stuff it’s a really good bit of kit. Elizabeth I’m thinking of you for the back end of your sitting room when that half wall goes in. If you’re not convinced then have a look at this Pinterest link where you can see it styled into people’s homes. Better? Now it was originally in green but that seems to have gone. Now it’s in a pale blue and beige but that might change. Or, if you’re more enterprising than me, you can try spraying it the colour of your choice.
CONNIE GREEN SIDEBOARD
Back to green and this really is a good-looking sideboard. Limited to only 14 pieces it’s from Swoon Editions, and you will have to wait until June before you get it. But I think it might be worth the wait. I haven’t shopped here myself but I have heard good things from people who have and from people who have visited their press shoes and copped a feel of the stuff. As it were. It’s made in India from mango wood and also comes in white.