Making the most of a compact space


Words: Lisa Wallace | Photographs: Inge Prins

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by clutter? No matter how many overpriced storage baskets you buy, there’s always a rogue remote control, lighting cable or pile of books gathering dust. Whether an office, bedroom, kitchen or all of the above, it’s always a good idea to neaten up your living spaces. As seasons change and as do we, it’s customary to yearn for an apartment refresh – an energetic jolt of inspiration featuring fun styling ideas and the latest wares for organised comfort. Inspired by a modern aesthetic with light wood veneers, earth tones, flashes of steel and pops of bright colour, storage has never looked this striking. Organise your living space with our selection of designer shelves and storage solutions, just in time for this year’s spring clean.

In the final chapter of the Home Series, we show you how to make the most of a compact space with the simple addition of wall shelves and clever storage solutions. Featuring favourite brands like Sixth Floor, Smart Shelf and Emerging Creatives, brighten your home with clothing rails and storage racks that speak to your bold, minimalist aesthetic. (And don’t forget to explore the rest of our five-part series here, when you’re done: Foundational Pieces, Table Talk, Take a Seat and Bring to Light.)


Your bedroom is prime real estate for creative storage ideas. Put the 12 inches of wall below your ceiling to work by installing shelves along the perimeter of your bedroom walls or a statement Art Deco shelf inspired by Scandinavian simplicity. This modern, three-tier shelf is small, but has ample space to store your most-loved reads and other essentials (and by that, we mean Monstera deliciosa).

Shop it here: Art Deco shelf

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Paring things down to the basics and spring cleaning the superfluous can do wonders for your quality of life. From monochromatic minimalism to laid-back luxury, this simple approach to interior design offers sophisticated returns. Make sure your essentials are organised with this sleek, modern shelf. Crafted from light wood, it’s ideal for storing spices, ornaments, sunglasses and anything else you want to keep handy or display.

Shop it here: Wooden wall-mounted shelf

This Aon industrial shelf is a straightforward solution to storage. Simply fix both brackets to the wall, fit the shelves between them and then place your books, jewellery or collectables on them. Stylish and simple, just as it should be.

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Is there anything better than coming home and shrugging off the day’s layers? This coat hanger with extra shelf space for hats, bags and other accessories will look great in your foyer and give your space a homey feel, while keeping it tidy and saving space. Decorating in black and white can run the risk of looking harsh, but when paired with natural textures and neutral tones, the result is bold and refined.

Shop it here: Tower ladder hanger in black or white


When creating a classic minimalistic interior, it's all about the base colour. But that doesn’t mean you can’t break through neutral tones with a pop of bright colour. Choose solid pigments that are easy on the eyes and fuse well with neutrals, like these ultra-cool storage cubes in navy, yellow and white.

Shop it here: Fritz wall storage cube in navy, yellow and white

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Whittle down your wardrobe to the perfect essentials with this Scandi-inspired clothing rail. Perfect for pre-planning outfits or hanging up essentials, you’ll have a Pinterest-perfect display of your favourite items in an instant.

Shop it here: Bamboo clothing rail in natural

After a long day at the office, walking into your home with everything in place means you can immediately decompress and unwind. An organised, clutter-free home is a calm home. Let your organised space enhance your life – and we don’t just mean aesthetically.