If we live in the digital age, why do we still have so much clutter?
Case in point — no, make that cases, as in the CD jewelboxes and DVD containers that end up littering bedrooms, living areas or any space with a screen or a stereo.
Old pine media racks might work great in dorm rooms, but they soon become wobbly and rickety, and they don’t fit any design scheme besides "starving student." There’s got to be a better way.
Luckily, there is — and East Valley designers and retailers have no shortage of solutions.
You might think that designers would shunt CDs and DVDs into drawers and nooks and cubbies to minimize clutter. And sometimes, that is the case.
"You can hide them or you can display them. It depends on the decor," said Cote Butera-Gilmore, an interior designer with Paradise Interiors in
Scottsdale. "In a traditional or Tuscan room, you don’t want CDs sitting out. A funkier decor can get away with having them out."
Bu t e r a - G i l m o r e just finished a house in which she put the media in a
pull-out rack system hidden behind cabinet doors.
"In one 24-inch cabinet you can fit quite a few CDs in this manner," she said. "They’re out of the way, but accessible."
For another house the designer used displays that resembled miniature garment racks, which hold about 15 CDs, one to a hanger. Larger collections could be housed in a shelf with multiple racks, with only the favorites down on the coffee table as a conversation piece.
Another suggestion is to make the rack the focus of a wall — the women of Paradise have commissioned custom pieces that twist and bend but are still deep enough to hold CDs; they’ve recessed racks into walls; they’ve painted the area above the rack one color and below the rack another; they’ve staggered short and tall towers down a wall.
"You can even buy an inexpensive black metal rack and have it powder-coated turquoise or red," Butera-Gilmore said. "It’s more fun because it’s a piece of art, it’s not strictly utilitarian."