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In for recess: A creative way to de-clutter your home

8 Feb 2013 1:41 PM
In for recess: A creative way to de-clutter your home

For many years, Suchi Reddy was on a quest for the perfect piece of Manhattan real estate. She told New York Magazine that she was holding out for a home that was close to the Union Square Greenmarket and offered great natural light. Eventually, she found one, but she learned quickly that it would need a significant amount of work.

From that point, Reddy, who is a professional interior designer, threw herself into the process of redesigning her new apartment. The undertaking took a year and a half and involved several distinct stages. She changed the color scheme to incorporate more creams and whites, changed the space's orientation and overhauled the apartment's closets.

Ultimately, though, it was the improvements she made to the apartment's walls that had the most dramatic effect. The space was smaller than she would have hoped - only 375 square feet - and she knew she had to make the walls more welcoming and practical if she wanted to make the space feel more like her home.

To do this, Reddy utilized a technique that a growing number of homeowners have begun turning to: recessing. The process, which allows people to incorporate elements like shelving, audio-visual equipment and decorations into a wall - has become a popular choice for many designers, particularly those working with limited space. In Reddy's case, it helped her get the most out of her space and create a deeper, more organized layout.

The perks of recessions
Like Reddy, many Americans have found that using wall recessions allows them to de-clutter and organize their rooms. According to Houzz, the technique is perfect for living rooms and bedrooms, because these rooms often hold devices and furnishings that, if not creatively organized, could contribute to a busy or over-stuffed space.

One perfect use is to recess bookshelves. People with a large collection of books know that the immense storage required for all this literature can easily dominate a room. Free-standing bookshelves are a potential solution, but many people stay away from them due to the large amount of space they consume or their appearance.  However, carving out space in a wall to house these books allows homeowners to keep their favorite novels without having them overshadow the room's other features.