Umbrella stands might seem frivolous, but when a storm wreaks havoc on your silk blouse and fresh blowout, it'd be nice to toss that sopping shield someplace other than the foyer floor. The sun will come out tomorrow, but until then, we'll keep these pretty but still practical takes on umbrella storage close at hand:

White We love the crisp, modern vibe of white stands in unconventional shapes. This terra-cotta boot stand ($80) from Z Gallerie is sturdier than any pair of galoshes out there, while this owl umbrella stand ($135) from Two's Company is an eye-catching antidote to a stark hallway.

Luxe Give your rain-soaked duds an artful resting place with this spiral stand ($950) from decorating doyenne Bunny Williams or Lamshop's made-to-order art-deco versions ($495). If you want to go really bold, invest in one of Fornasetti's spectacular vintage stands (price upon request).

Nature-inspired The MoMA Store's Prato umbrella stand ($35) and Yasuhiro Asano's psychedelic flowers ($80 each) may channel blades of grass and fresh flowers via synthetic resin and rubber, but their undeniably cheery designs lift our spirits on dreary days.

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