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Clotilde Pas­salac­qua from Ikea loves stor­ing things beau­ti­fully…

In a small space, fill­ing the wall from floor to ceil­ing and cor­ner to cor­ner max­imises stor­age and avoids the room feel­ing too busy and dis­or­gan­ised. In a large space, it’s more about per­sonal pref­er­ence.

Hav­ing three quar­ters of my stor­age in cup­boards gives me peace of mind as all clut­ter can be hid­den. With mod­u­lar fur­ni­ture you can re­fresh a liv­ing room by adding or re­mov­ing doors and shelves, or in­clud­ing glass doors in­stead.

The gen­eral rule is to have the TV po­si­tioned at eye level when you’re sit­ting on the sofa. Keep­ing me­dia equip­ment sym­met­ri­cal is more aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing, but only keep what you reg­u­larly use. Buy the Ra­balder ca­ble tidy, £4.50 or the Fixa 114-piece ca­ble man­age­ment set, £3.50, both from Ikea, to re­duce ca­ble clut­ter.

Place spot­lights at the cen­tre of unit com­part­ments to high­light photos or vases. If in­clud­ing strip light­ing, un­less the dis­play cab­i­net has a lip at the shelf front, place the strip as far back as pos­si­ble, keep­ing it out of sight.

At Ikea, we rec­om­mend at­tach­ing all fur­ni­ture to the wall. You can place as much load as you like on the shelf as long as this doesn’t go above the max­i­mum weight stated on the unit. It will look nicer, though, with larger items at the bot­tom and lighter, more decorative pieces to­wards the top.

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