A plate-mirror backing dresses up this plain Ikea Expedit bookshelf and enhances pretty displays of books and collectibles. To extend the unit’s height, it’s topped with a big piece of pop art.
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Bold Wall Color
Splat Girl Creates
The Expedit’s backless design allows a bold wall color to make a big design impact. Use a mix ofbooks, boxes, baskets, vases, and collectiblesfor a well-styled look.
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My Favorite and My Best
Two large white Expedit units fit perfectly into the nook behind this bed, creating enough room for a lifetime of bedtime stories. Shelving all books vertically keeps the space looking clean and calm.
Stacked in a Closet
French by Design
A minimalist closet in black and white stays organized thanks to myriad Expedit cubbies. Dark gray Lekman storage boxes from Ikea are perfect for concealed storage.
Artfully Concealed Storage
Dans le Townhouse
Five 12-inch-square canvases painted with DIY art become swinging doors on this large black Expedit. Balancing covered cubbies, cubbies with books, and cubbies with display items in an irregular pattern makes for an artful display.
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In the Night Sky
A white Expedit stands out against a white wall when medium density fiberbard (MDF) isspray-painted in a high-gloss black enamel as the backing. Casters raise the unit to buffet height and the dark cubbies are the perfect backdrop for displaying white servingware.
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A 4x2 Expedit serves as a chic entertainment center in this Chicago apartment. Library-style storage drawers make it fit in seamlessly among antiques and flea-market finds.
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A combination of Expedit units perfectly surround a large piece of art in this family room, designed by Interior Design Solutions by Maria
. Adding the bright green color from the painting as the shelves’ backdrop color coordinates with the piece without overpowering it.
Stacking several different configurations from the Expedit line and framing it with lumber and molding painted to match creates a built-in bookcase at a fraction of the cost of a custom unit. Red Lekman plastic bins and Pjas banana fiber baskets, both from Ikea, alternate with open cubbies to store all your kids’ toys in this awesome playroom.
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This idea makes the most of a super-high ceiling by stacking two large Expedit units on top of each other and securing them to the wall. The open cubbies divide the kitchen from the office area without making either space claustrophobic and offer tons of storage and display space.
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