In the comments of a post I wrote last week about unconventional ways to use pegboard, a few of you mentioned that you didn't like the look of pegboard, and would love to see some non-grungy ways to use slat board. What in the world, I thought, is slat board? And then I googled it and I was like, ohhh, that stuff. To me it was very The Gap, circa 1996. Despite your recommendations I'll admit I couldn't imagine it in anything other than a retail setting. But I trust you guys, so I started searching, and sure enough, there are all kinds of interesting ways to use this stuff. Even if you don't live in a mall.
Above: Slatboard on the wall of a closet, from BHG. The hooks, which clip into the wall system, can be adjusted to accommodate differently sized purses.
Here's a slat board (or slat wall) system in a craft room by Colleen Fox Interiors, via Houzz. The advantage of this stuff is that, like pegboard, it is hugely versatile: lots of different accessories are available, and you can clip them into the system pretty much wherever your heart desires. And if you're not a huge fan of pegboard, slat board also has the advantage of looking distinctly less garage-y.
That doesn't mean, of course, that you can't use it in the garage. This space from BHG might be the most organized garage I've ever seen.
Slat board on the wall of a craft room/reading nook, from Home Interiors Zone.
This photo is from a craft studio in Massachusetts, spotted on Crochetme, but you could try the same thing at home if you need to store a whole, whole lot of yarn.
And finally, from House & Home: slat board wall + baskets = instant pantry. Clever.