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Got a small wall or alcove you don't know what to do with? Pine trim and molding from a hardware store will give the room organization and drama without any mitering on your part, Lowell says.

"Put up a pair of standards and the brackets, and just do shelving floor to ceiling," he says. "Paint everything the same color as the walls. It will disappear. It will just float."

Best of all, "it will triple the storage in any room, and the whole thing will cost you under 100 bucks," Lowell says.

To add the illusion of more space, put mirrored tiles between the shelves "to create the illusion that there's another room beyond." And don't worry about tile seams, he says. They'll be "covered by whatever you put on those shelves."

"So you create a tremendous illusion now," Lowell says.


 

 

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