Before you can take on that next home redesign project, it is important to address how the room will ultimately function.
You will need to consider how all the items in the space will be organized and what kinds of tools you will need to keep it looking "fabulous." Start, by identifying versatile or "smart" pieces -- furniture that really "works" to neatly store your stuff in plain sight and conquer clutter for good!
People tend to forget about this "high traffic zone" in their home. Make it really work with benches that can store hats and scarves, shoes and pet accessories. Also consider a small wall cabinet that can effectively store keys, sunglasses, laundry receipts -- anything you will need to grab and go.
The bed is not just for sleeping anymore! There is valuable "real estate" underneath so use it to store out-of-season clothing, luggage and shoes --neatly contained of course. Beds are now also designed as "smart furniture" -- they lift up, contain drawers and include night stands as part of their design.
This room is the most important when considering alternative and stylish storage solutions. For example, ottomans can serve as coffee tables and, at the same, time hide throws, games and DVDs. An amoire can serve as a home office, hide a flat-screen TV, game system or entertainment system.
Remember to think beyond the plastic storage container when designing your space. Be creative -- almost anything will work to give you extra storage -- it can be as simple as a vintage teacup to perfectly hold your paperclips or an antique breakfront that now holds a flatscreen television where the mirror used to be with the cable box hiding underneath.