When artfully arranged, it can be a stylish inventory of interests, not just a storage unit. Here's how to go from cluttered to curated.
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Painting built-ins a beachy shade that's different from the wall color makes them—and their contents—pop. Sandy taupe is a versatile choice, while an inky blue makes a bold statment. If you don't want to commit to a color for the whole shelf, warm turquoise on just the backs showcases your items beautifully.
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Light Stone (9); farrow-ball.com for retailers
Pacific (23-30); prattandlambert.com for retailers
Summer Nights (777); benjaminmoore.com