Stand-Alone industrial shelving units come in a variety of styles, finishes and designs. They can serve as room dividers too. For units with open shelves, align in a row in the middle of space and display elements that complement the decor on both sides of the room. Arrange solid units back to back if you want to use items to accentuate individual decoration on each side of the space. If you have a industrial shelving units unusually shaped like circles insertion or diamond shapes, place it flush with the wall. This allows the wall color to show through the design of the shelves, to offset the items displayed.
Paint the back of solid industrial shelving units of a color that complements or contrasts with the rest of the piece to draw attention to the exhibit areas. Another variation is to use a color that is a lighter or darker than the walls tones. Add decorative wallpaper to the back of the shelves to highlight a subject of objects that are displayed as a collection of Chinese figurines. Or paint the entire platform of a contrasting tone that “pop” from the color of the wall, as in the aqua shelves against white walls.