Shelf Help: Strategies to Style Your Open Shelves (And Keep Them Looking Neat)

Ask anyone who’s lived in rental apartments with questionable design decisions, there’s definitely a different vibe between embracing trends because you want to and embracing them because you have to. («White appliances are hot again!,» they say. So why can’t you look at your circa-1996 kitchen and get excited?) So it follows that you might have a very different experience trying to style your open shelves—which, you know, you need for actual storage—than somebody who just added them into their kitchen renovation as a place to display seven cookbooks and a vase.