Looking for more ways to incorporate storage into your décor? Keep scrolling for some inspiration. Image: PLATEMARK DESIGN

Storage doesn’t have to be synonymous with shoving your belongings in a closet, pulling the doors closed, and hoping no one ever looks inside. In reality, it can serve a dual purpose. In addition to keeping your belongings safe and organized, it can actually become an important — and even essential — component of your aesthetic.

If you’re ready to have your storage solutions pull double duty, this post is for you. We’ve compiled a list of ideas on how to effortlessly include storage in your décor. Look them over and use the ones you love as design inspiration for your next home improvement project. By incorporating a few of these suggestions into your own interiors, you can create a design that is equally functional and beautiful.

1. Have your backsplash pull double duty

Incorporate kitchen gear into your décor by making it part of your backsplash. Image: Maurizio Giovannoni Architetto

2. Take your built-ins to the next level

Give built-ins extra flair by following the architectural lines of the room. Image: MMM Architects Ltd.

3. Incorporate a clothes rack

Forgo a traditional closet in favor of adding a clothes rack, which provides trendy storage for a fraction of the space. Image: Hibou Design & Co.

4. Get creative in your corners

Be open to giving unused corners new purpose, such as creating a reading nook. Image: Handwerk Interiors

5. Add a few cubby holes

Creating a mudroom where each family member has their own designated area will help keep busy days running smoothly. Image: Michael Nash Design, Build & Homes

6. Reconsider open shelving

Swap out upper cabinets for some chic and modern open shelving. Image: Mike Schaap Builders Inc.

7. Create hidden storage in an ottoman

Storage ottomans bring a comforting feel to the room, as well as the added benefit of hidden storage. Image: House of Jade Interiors

8. Shape your space with a room divider

Kill two birds with one stone by adding a room divider that enhances storage while also splitting up your space. Image: Lauren Edith Andersen, Photographer

9. Go big with a storage cabinet

If a regular room divider is just not big enough, make a statement with a stylish built-in cabinet. Image: Banda Property

10. Don’t forget about storage trunks

A trunk provides extra storage while also giving the room a decorative vintage touch. Image: Tracie Butler Interior Design

11. Consider under-bed storage options

Invest in a bed frame that allows you to store off-season clothing underneath. Image: Cassie Daughtrey Realogics Sotheby’s Realty

12. Use space under your stairs

Take advantage of unused space under the stairs by adding a few creative cubby holes. Image: Structures Building Inc.

13. Add height with vertical storage

Go vertical to create storage without using valuable square footage and give the room more visual height. Image: Arlington Home Interiors

14. Think about a wall rack

If you have the skills, design a wall rack to hold exactly what you need. Image: Olivia van Dijk Architecture

What do you think of these storage solutions? Will you be trying any of them in your own home? Share your thoughts with us in the comments below.