Most homes have at least a few shelves, but many don’t complement the home’s design — in fact, industrial-looking shelves often take away from a room’s look.
So, here are four ways to make your home’s shelving look great.
1. Paint the wall and shelves the same color
Painting the wall and shelves the same color instantly enhances their design because it makes the shelves look more like built-ins. Better yet, it minimizes any focus on details such as how the shelves are supported.
Want to add to the design’s impact? Paint the wall and shelves a color that is different from the other walls around them.
2. Replace bargain-basement shelf brackets
Bargain-basement shelf brackets exist for one reason: to support your shelves. Because cheap shelving brackets are purely functional, they often hurt your room’s design.
So, those bargains won’t make you happy in the long run because they’re hurting your home’s design!
Go ahead and ditch them so your shelves will look less institutional and, depending on the replacement you select, can improve stability.
3. Add cleats to the shelving’s back and sidewalls
A cleat runs the length of the shelf. So, it provides support at every point along the way and it may eliminate, or reduce, the need for shelf brackets.
4. Add facing to the shelves’ front edge
Attaching a vertical one-by-two to the face of a shelf doubles its perceived thickness, making it look more substantial. And this simple addition gives shelving the appearance of cabinetry.
Moreover, this addition helps stiffen the shelves, giving them more strength.
Watch the video above to see the entire process!
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