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Before school starts, I’m building a wall of shelving for my teens, and so I dove deep into the countless options available to analyze what would work best. I may settle on a series of simple ladder shelves like these, but I’m also considering the idea of constructing something unique. Naturally, one turns to Pinterest for inspiration. 🙂

I stumbled across a lot of beautiful shelving ideas from retail boutiques all across the world. You’ll notice so many of them feature white walls with pale wood shelving, a trend in residential design as well. The combo feels fresh but also allows the merchandise to take the spotlight, just as a similar combination of pale wood and white in the home keeps the focus on artwork or decor.

These retail shops showcase all the beautiful ways to display products, but note that similar looks can be created in residential homes as well. I love the brass supports that sit on top of the low minimalist cabinetry in this salon, with natural wood floating shelves running along the wall.

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I knew this shop looked familiar because I was in it just last year during my long weekend in Seattle. This is more of a farmhouse style, notice the beauty of the contrast between the black pipe shelves against the whitewashed tongue and groove backdrop.

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Here’s an interesting idea, install taller wood cabinets on the bottom, shorter matching drawers in the middle, and a series of open white cubbies above. Envision a similar setup in a home office or pantry. If you like the look of cabinets below and shelves above, IKEA’s SVALNÄS system is one to consider.


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Another great look: black pole supports and natural wood floating shelves. This setup would be great for a family room or study, and imagine varying the heights of the shelves for creative displays.


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This construction drew my eye, it’s a series of notched 2×2 boards, it reminds me a little of Lincoln Logs. The spaces between the supports make room for a variety of storage boxes or cubbies.

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Yet another beautiful use of wood and white together, the metal forms the frame and the arbitrary wood boxes make the display warm and interesting.


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I love this clever shelving in a housewares store, two shelves suspended from the ceiling with metal supports and the lowest shelf on rolling casters.

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Here’s another use of poles as bracket supports, the wood provides a contrast to the stark white and cement wall, and the poles also draw the eye up to elongate the space.



This is a pet food store display with repeating wood rectangles in various sizes pieced together. Imagine customizing a series of cubbies like this in a kid’s room, or perhaps a sunroom for your plant collection?

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A retail shop in London uses suspended rope shelving to display its goods, a look easily recreated in the home as a DIY project.

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Home goods displayed in industrial metal shelves have countryside casual style. Find a similar and affordable shelving unit for the home here.

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One can never go wrong with a wall of black metal supports with wood shelves. Find this combination in a home goods store in St.Kilda, Victoria, Australia.

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Last but not least… classic brass shelving like the ones in this skincare boutique in Brussels. The brass poles and caps add that elegant French flair.

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For those who love to look inside shops, check out The Shopkeepers blog, it features the best from all over the world.


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