Use rolling storage for kids' toys. Keep a variety of your child's favorite toys in storage baskets on wheels. The bins can be wheeled from room to room, making it easy to clean up and stow things away when you need a tidy space, like, now.
Warm gray. For a contemporary twist, paint the walls around your redbrick fireplace warm gray. A gray that is too cool or flat would not work as well, but with a bit of warmth, gray complements rather than competes with brick.
Keep a little‐stuff drawer. Notice I did not say "junk drawer". Every room has small items that need a home, and a well‐organized drawer can be a smart place to put them. It's only a junk drawer if you think of it that way! Unless you are already using a storage ottoman as a junk drawer (see No. 3), find a drawer in a console table, credenza or chest to hold small stuff such as charging cords, pens, stamps and scissors.