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It’s Time to Show Off Your Favorite Items

Open storage has been a growing design trend for several years, from shelving that has slowly replaced cabinets in kitchens to the almost museum-like closet displays that highlight shoe collections and more. In 2019, the concept is taken a step further by embracing the clutter of everyday lives.

There is no longer a need to hide away items we use every day, or items that make us happy. The design trend not only continues to highlight open-shelving in kitchens, closets, pantries and bathrooms, it has also spilled over into clear storage options (glass or plastic), such as countertop containers, and in the clustering of pictures on walls and knickknacks on end tables. This new trend not only makes a kitchen more functional with everything in reach and in sight, it also helps us surround ourselves with the little things that make us happy.

One of the best examples of this new storage trend is Ikea’s wall-storage systems for kitchens and baths. These systems use a bar to hang different-sized baskets, made of stainless steel or other materials, for easy access to kitchen utensils, toothbrushes or anything you might need to have handy. (Here is an example.)

Retailers can help shoppers embrace this growing trend by providing popular shelving options in cast iron, gold, natural wood and glass designs (like these seen here). These options add beauty to the clutter of everyday things and cherished items alike.

About Liz Lichtenberger

Liz is the special projects editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She reports on news and trends, visits retailers, and attends industry events. She graduated from Xavier University, where she earned a degree in English and Spanish and was a member of the swim team. Liz is a Louisville, Kentucky, native who lives in Indianapolis with her husband and two children. She enjoys swimming, reading, doing home improvement projects around her house and cheering on her two favorite basketball teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and the Xavier Musketeers.

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