8 Things That Make Your Home Look Messier Than You Think

The chair in the corner of your bedroom. You know the one.

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Country Kitchen Features Charming Open Shelving

Country Kitchen Features Charming Open Shelving

Crisp white shelves pop against the creamy walls in this country kitchen. The open shelves keep the dishes organized and create a charming display. Lovely blue vases complement the light blue hue of the cabinets below.

Photo by: Drake + Frye Home

Drake + Frye Home

Open shelving can be ultra-sleek and uber-functional — or it can be a source of everyday chaos in your kitchen. The key to achieving the sleek, simple shelving of your dreams? Color cohesion. Avoid the messy look of mismatched plates and opt for an all-white dining set to give your space a feeling of cleanliness and order.

Tangled Tech

Modern Fireplace With White Surround, Floating White Mantel and Surrounding Natural Wood Shelves

Modern Fireplace With White Surround, Floating White Mantel and Surrounding Natural Wood Shelves

This long modern fireplace is framed with a white surround lightening the look as it blends with the rest of the room. A simple floating mantel separates the mounted flatscreen TV. Natural wood floating shelves on either side of the fireplace set up add color with personal decor.

From: Property Brothers

Photo by: Darren Goldstein

Darren Goldstein

Get creative with cord covers and free your walls from any HDMI or TV wires that are obscuring your view.  You’ll be surprised how much keeping tech-tangles out of sight can tidy up your space.

A Plethora of Prints

Green Art With Graphic Wallpaper

Green Art With Graphic Wallpaper

The color inspiration throughout this home came from the homeowners' beautiful art collection. Here, in the foyer, the painting's rich green is pulled into the twin table lamps. Graphic gray-and-white wallpaper is an exciting—and still neutral—backdrop.

Photo by: Amy Bartlam

Amy Bartlam

Be mindful when playing with prints in your home. One too many patterns can yield dizzying results. And, in all seriousness, who wants to greet guests with a headache? Avoid this blunder with patterns of varying sizes and textures that share a similar core color palette.

Sloppy Entryway

Pet-Friendly Entryway Storage

Pet-Friendly Entryway Storage

Pet owners can make their walks much more efficient by outfitting their entry as a pet station. Here a shallow console table is used to keep framed photos of the family dog on display along with a crate to hold essentials neatly and within arm's reach.

Photo by: Flynnside Out Productions

Flynnside Out Productions

A sure-fire spot that looks messy in your house right now? Your entryway. It’s likely littered with mail, keys and whatever else you toted home from work today, right? Our fix: designate a catch-all storage unit in this space that can wrangle anything from boots to backpacks.

An Unmade Bed

Contemporary Master Bedroom is a Serene Retreat

Contemporary Master Bedroom is a Serene Retreat

Two geometric patterns, a wallpaper focal wall and the gray-and-white carpeting, bring visual texture to the space. The rest of the furnishings are kept simple, from the crisp white to the flanking nightstand and sleek table lamps.

Photo by: Aubrie Pick

Aubrie Pick

Listen to that little voice in your head that’s telling you to make your bed. It’s not your overbearing mother whispering in your ear, it’s us. Make your bed! Not only does it instantly make your room look cleaner, but it's been suggested that people who make their beds daily actually sleep better.

Littered Floors

Simple Storage in Contemporary Boy's Nursery

Simple Storage in Contemporary Boy's Nursery

A striped area rug softens the rustic hardwood floors in this boy's nursery. Classic Roman shades dress the windows, while woven baskets are used to quickly store blankets, pillows and toys. A tall giraffe adds a whimsical note.

Photo by: Tessa Neustadt

Tessa Neustadt

A toy dog toy here, a pile of papers there, a less-than-impressive dress curled up in the corner. A littered floor seems to start small but eventually, and inevitably, everything you own is strewn across your carpet and you’re overwhelmed. Try to hold yourself accountable and pick up whatever you’re putting down. And grab your vacuum/broom while you’re at it.

Leftover Laundry

Bold Design in Master Bedroom

Bold Design in Master Bedroom

In the hall opposite the stairs, designers paired a bold, funky patterned wallpaper with a rich dresser and gold details. The dresser anchors the design, while the gold details add a bit of pizzaz as well as connecting this space to the design of the rest of the house.

Photo by: Werner Staub

Werner Staub

A straggling sock here and there is one thing, but the perpetually-present mound of clean clothes, neatly folded and stacked on “the chair” in the corner of your bedroom? Trust us when we say, it’s taking away from your space in a major way. Chip away at the chair and stick everything in the proper drawers.

Crowded Countertops

Bright Bath with Dark Wood and White Counters

Bright Bath with Dark Wood and White Counters

Most people want a bathroom that looks, above all other things, clean! This space reflects that desire, using a classic black-and-white design that always feels sharp and pulled together. The brass sconce and fixtures are a current-day update to the chrome and silver that have dominated the market in past years. Drawers under the double vanity hold essential bathroom items, and an angular brass tray between the sinks displays flowers in simple crystal vases.

Photo by: Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Allison Corona Photography, Let It Shine Photography, Doug Petersen Photography

Clear the counter of your product pile-up once and for all. Whether you create storage under the sink, along the walls or even move your must-haves to a different spot in the house, you’ll be grateful to have a clean slate of crisp counter space back in your life.

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TV Cords + Speakers

Keep TV cords and speakers out of sight with a do-it-yourself pallet accent wall and a beautiful storage bench underneath. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

DIY Cable Box Cover

Blend that chunky cable box in with your living room decor by covering it with a sheet of decorative aluminum and stacking it between your favorite books. This is also a great way to hide unsightly TV cords!  Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Chic Magazine Storage

Magazines piling up? Keep them decoratively organized by rolling them up, then storing in a vintage, weathered soda crate.

Photo By: Brian Patrick Flynn

DIY Birch Wood Fireplace Cover

Get creative with an unused fireplace by dressing it up with this DIY birch wood cover. Another great project? Make this framed art television cover to conceal the TV in a fashionable way when it's not in use.

Photo By: Lia Griffith

Electronics Drawer Organization

Escape the cord clutter that comes with charging multiple electronics at once. Free up counter space with a charging station inside an unused drawer like this one from Design Chic. Learn how to make your own >>

Hide Electrical Outlets With Low-Hanging Artwork

Unecessary outlets cramping your style? Insert child-proof safety plugs, then hang a piece of art.

Photo By: Kim Cornelison (styled by Heather Chontos)

Book Covers

Not every book is worthy of display on your smartly styled bookshelf. Wrap those not-so-cute (or guilty pleasure) hardcovers in vibrant papers for a bit of colorful eye candy.

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Kitchen Trash Cans

Tuck away trash cans in a secret place, such as the kitchen island. DIY blogger Corey turned an old cabinet into this amazing, one-of-a-kind island. See the incredible transformation here >>

Photo By: Sawdust 2 Stitches

Built-In Dog Bowls

Free up floor space with built-in dog bowls on one end of the kitchen island. Bonus? Kibble crumbs and water dribbles are kept to a minimum.

Photo By: A Bonisolli Photography

Improved Fridge

Peel-and-stick wallpaper instantly updates an old refrigerator. Plus, it can be easily removed if you're renting. Don't fret about grime and spills — wipe it clean with ease.

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Upgrade Appliances on a Budget

Blogger Julie Blanner turned her basic black dishwasher into a stunning stainless steel look-alike with a smart, money-saving stainless steel decal. See more of this kitchen makeover on Julie's blog >>

Photo By: Julie Blanner

Cover Shelves With Fabric

Give old shelves an update with colorful fabric. This is a great solution for renters! Get more stylish rental kitchen update ideas >>

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

Clear Up Pantry Clutter

Give dollar store bins a more expensive metal look with metallic spray paint for plastic. Once the bins are dry, add labels for a perfectly organized pantry.

Photo By: Melissa George, Polished Habitat

Say Goodbye to Packaging

Is your open pantry an eyesore? Tidy it up by emptying packaged foods into chic, clear storage containers like the pros at The Neat Method did here.

Photo By: Michelle Drewes, MichelleDrewes.com

Cover Stairs in Fabric

Designer Marian Parsons gave her plain wooden stairs a facelift by covering them in inexpensive, store-bought table runners. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: Marian Parsons

DIY Radiator Cover With Shelving

Designer Marian Parsons added stylish extra storage in her half bath by building a thin shelf around an unsightly radiator. See more of this gorgeous small bathroom >>

Bathroom Baskets

A large woven storage basket provides a stylish spot to discard wet towels and dirty laundry in the bathroom. Keep similar baskets around your home for a quick place to stash toys and other unsightly items before company arrives.

Cover Up Popcorn Ceilings

Forget scraping! Easily cover up those ugly popcorn ceilings with a DIY planked wood ceiling. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: Marian Parsons

Stash Your Pillows

The age-old adage, "Where do I put my throw pillows at night?" is now solved. Pretty woven baskets placed at the end of the bed add style and a quick place to stash pillows, blankets and more.

Photo By: Alexandra Rowley

Hidden Charging Station

Cords cluttering your bedside table? Transform an old book into a chic DIY phone charging station. Get the step-by-step instructions >>

Photo By: Flynnside Out Productions

Cluttered Closet Fix

Turn a cluttered closet into a focal point by removing the doors and hanging flowy, floor-to-ceiling curtains over the opening.

Secret Compartment

Try this smart storage solution for a small kid's room by stowing away toys and clutter underneath the bed.

Store Shoes in Style

Clean up your closet – and keep your fancy footwear pristine – with this shoe storage hack. Plain shoeboxes can be found at your local craft store for a few dollars each. Label the front of each box with a snapshot of the enclosed pair, storing special-occasion shoes on the top shelf.

Out-of-Sight Bins

Sorting bins for lights, darks and towels don't have to be front and center. When Erin Rollins of the blog Sunny Side Up was redoing her laundry room, she created clever drawers that disguise plastic baskets. 

Photo By: Sunny Side Up

Laundry Closet Upgrade

Add style to basic bifold doors by covering them in batting, then upholstering with stylish fabric. Give the doors a streamlined look with a classic, bronze nail-head trim. See this full laundry closet makeover >>

Utility Box

Use a large decorative piece to hide the utility box or any wall dings that you don't want to show.

Photo By: Sarah Wilson / Getty Images

Incognito Thermostat

Thermostat cramping your style? Cover it up with a trendy woven wall hanging.

Photo By: Laure Joliet

Air Vent

Cover up the air vent by placing a chair in front and adding a pair of stylish shoes and a house plant for a decorative touch. Allow air to flow freely without completely blocking the vent.

Photo By: Bethany Nauert

DIY Fauxdenza

Build a fauxdenza for the home office to hide the hefty printer, miscellaneous chargers and immense amount of paperwork. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

No Room for an Office?

To create a home office in her tiny home, Killy Scheer of Frisson Design hung a curtain from the main room's ceiling. When the curtain is open, the office is spacious enough for both work-at-home spouses. When it's closed, Scheer and her husband can forget work and enjoy their living room.

Internet Router

Place that bulky router behind old books in a vintage crate. Use an antique suitcase to add height. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Photo By: Me & Mr. Jones

Dirty Fence

No money to replace your aging fence? Give it a facelift by painting a pretty mural on it.

Photo By: Tomas Espinoza

Hide Trash Cans in a Planter

When storing garbage and recycling bins inside the garage isn’t an option, make lemonade out of lemons and transform their hiding place into a chic raised flower bed.  See more ways to hide outdoor eyesores >>

Photo By: Rowlinson Garden Products

Shoe Storage

Welcome guests to a neat and organized entryway with a place to store dirty shoes and on-the-go items in industrial metal baskets. It doubles as a bench, too. Get the step-by-step instructions here >>

Photo By: Sam Henderson

Kitty Litter Box

Conceal the smelly litter box in a clever way by turning an old cabinet into a place for your cat. Simply close the curtains when guests are about to arrive. See how this cabinet was flipped into a secret kitty litter station here >>

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