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MAR 2019

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Kitchens Get Organized with Robust, Modern Floating Shelves Organization has emerged as a key element in in- terior design. Clever storage, whether tucked away in kitchen cabinet drawers or hidden behind closet doors, is vital to the function of today's homes. Recently, the idea of function has been kicked up a notch, as organization links arms with a new partner – decluttering. Whether the agenda is simply to clear the clutter or to spark joy, the concept is being embraced with vigor. At first glance, the newly minted obsession with decluttering appears to be at odds with the current trend toward open shelving in interior de- sign. However, upon further consideration, open shelves as a design element beg for order and function, as opposed to the disorder that can be hidden from the world behind closed doors. SHELVING ENHANCES DESIGN AND STORAGE In the kitchen, replacing upper cabinets with shelving has led to a host of new design possibil- ities. Shelves can blend with the design, allowing focal points in the room to shine through without distraction. They can be grouped together, dis- playing prized collectibles for a statement-making corner. They can also be stacked along a back- splash, drawing the eye to the playful textures and stunning surfaces that linger there. And, they can fit in small spaces, adding much needed storage in tight areas. Items displayed can be changed out with the seasons or on a whim, providing an updated look without breaking the bank. They can hold everything from often-used cooking utensils and small appliances to artwork. Materials used for shelving can also have a subtle or major impact on an overall design. The look of weathered wood can add a rustic element to a space, while metal and black matte exude a more industrial feel. Bright tones can also be add- ed for a much-needed pop of color. And shelving that coordinates with cabinets can provide a streamlined, modern element that so many crave. STREAMLINED SHELVING HANDLES WEIGHT Typically, shelving that can display items weighing more than a few pounds is supported by heavy, industrial-look brackets. While this look may be per- fect for some kitchens, others are opting for an un- cluttered, no-hardware cabinet design that is best complemented by modern streamlined shelving. To achieve a minimalistic feel, new REHAU floating shelves appear to float on the wall, with no visible supporting hardware to detract from the appearance. A concealed mounting bracket gives the shelves a storage capacity of up to 15 pounds per foot, enabling displayed storage of far heavier items than previously possible. The patent-pending, self-locking bracket design locks the shelf in the desired location and pro- vides ease of installation and removal. While rugged in function, the finish of the shelves is exceptionally crisp and clean. REHAU exclusively offers edgebanded edges, providing a more durable and continuous look than the traditional self-edge. No more kraft paper edges and corners. Custom, made-to-order shelving lengths allow for limitless design options. The floating shelves are an extension of the company's modern custom cabinet door line offered in more than 100 surfaces including high-gloss, matte, glass, metallic and natural designs. The shelving is offered to match the most on-trend cabinet door designs, including those in the RAUVISIO brilliant mirror high-gloss, FENIX NTM nanotech matte and RAUVISIO terra textured woodgrain lines. Learn more about new REHAU floating shelves at na.rehau.com/shelves ADVERTORIAL Complement modern cabinets with minimalistic matte floating shelves (left). Under-lit shelving adds another element of drama, an open-storage solution for any space. Add contrast to your design by mixing materials in a floating shelf section. Circle No. 18 on Product Card

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