Perfect for displaying books, photos and other knick-knacks, shelving units are the ultimate in living room organization. They look best when there’s a little bit of breathing room between objects plus a few pieces of closed storage—lidded baskets, boxes—to hide unsightly items. If a built-in is beyond your budget, upgrade an Ikea bookcase, as Angela Mondloch of the blog Saffron Avenue did here by adding trim and molding.
A big coffee table can seem like an open invitation to leave stuff lying around. Solution: Use a tray to corral coasters and remotes.