8 Must-Have Shelving Unit Upgrades

We all fall victim to the common decorating faux pas of big, blank walls. Thankfully, there's an elegant solution: Just pick up an architectural, design-savvy shelving unit, like these 8. Cover those empty eyesores once and for all.

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Copenhagen Wall System by BoConcept

Anyone who wants their shelving unit to be just as stunning as it is functional needs this set-up immediately. With cupboards for organization and plenty of places to display your most prized possessions (yes, we mean your TV—up to 40"), it's a keeper. ($3,389; boconcept.com)

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Filmore Bookcase by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

For a shelving unit that uniquely displays your books and décor from floor to ceiling, look to this asymmetrical piece with asymmetrical piece, which is done up in warm brass and black back-painted tempered glass shelves. At four feet wide, too, it will instantly become the focal point of any room. ($2,455; mgbwhome.com)

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Caliper Shelf by Article

There's no better way to quickly amp up your space than adding in this one-of-a-kind, A-shaped shelf. The wood frame and laminated white shelves are crisp, classic, and sure to instantly infuse a modern mien to any enclave in your home. ($449; article.com)

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Tesso Bronze Wall-Mounted Bookcase by CB2

This shelf poses a problem: Every single person that comes over to your place is going to immediately inquire about where you got it. The bronze-plated metal frame and tea-colored glass shelves make for a knock-out piece. And if you really want to turn heads, get multiple and position them side-by-side. ($399; cb2.com)

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Industrial Modular Open + Closed Storage by West Elm

Few things are more timeless than a richly-grained wood shelving unit; they double as time machines to a nostalgic past—any era. But this one gets a modern update, thanks to blackened steel frames and a highly-functional combination of shelves, open cubbies, and a cupboard. ($1,299; westelm.com)

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Beckett 6-High Shelf by Crate & Barrel

This mango wood and black iron frame unit anchors right to your wall for an instant—and eminently, nakedly appreciable—gallery of all your favorite things. You'll never complain about décor accent storage space ever again. ($1,499; crateandbarrel.com)

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V Bookcase Room Divider by CB2

Indeed, there's not much you can put on this shelf aside from books and records, thanks to the slanted shape. Still, amidst the solid-teak frame and rich wood shelves, your library will truly look its best. ($700; cb2.com)

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WEB by Poliform

For a taste of sheer luxury, look no further than this digitally inspired—the artist behind it strove to evoke the interconnectedness of the Internet—shelving unit from Poliform. Stack the units side-by-side, top-to-bottom, or strategically place them around your room for some serious style. If you're piqued, though, jump on it: Only 300 exist. (Price upon request; poliformaustralia.com)

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