First dress up your metal shelves with a coat of paint in an accent color that complements your kitchen decor. Then arrange your cooking accessories in matching baskets to keep things organized and cut down on shelf clutter.
If you're more likely to use your kitchen to reheat last night's delivery than to prepare a five-course meal, a well-organized and sparsely populated shelf can attractively store the limited food and kitchen accessories you use. Coordinated canisters and multiples of the same item go a long way toward making your shelves look good.
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Let your shelves multitask by holding neatly stacked plates, glasses, and serving pieces while creating a divider between the kitchen and dining room. The open shelving lets the cook converse with dinner guests without fully exposing the secrets—or chaos—of the kitchen.
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Trading one utility space for another, your metal shelves can decamp from the garage to the laundry, where they can help organize detergent, softeners, and stain removers. In laundry rooms that are short on space, consider putting wall-mounted metal shelves above the washer and dryer.
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If an industrial vibe works with your living room decor, use your old shelves to create tableaus of collected items and books—or perhaps even a bar setup. Your houseguests may never guess that your shelves used to house oil cans and antifreeze.
Storage is vital to a home office, and the simple design of metal shelves can easily blend with a variety of styles. Place often used items on lower shelves and reserve the top for cherished mementos, older files, or objects that inspire or distract you when you need a break.
The dining room is the perfect place to display your favorite collectibles and conversation starters. Whether you choose to exhibit art books or souvenirs from your travels, you and your guests will find something to talk about.
When your book collection outgrows its current shelving, invest in matching metal shelves for a quick, cheap fix for your storage problem. While one metal shelf on its own may not be aesthetically pleasing, a uniform arrangement of multiple shelves is a cohesive and attractive solution for bookworms.
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