Essential Upgrade: Garbage Pail Cool Kids

When it comes to trash cans, functionality typically outweighs aesthetics — which is often why we keep our receptacles stowed under sinks, in drawers and as out of sight as possible. Here are five chic-looking designs well worth displaying, from a gleaming old-school classic to a regal and rarefied update on the original. Not unsuprisingly, matte black, which has been a prominent trend in kitchen and home design, lends a high-minded impact to several of the bins below. One man's trash can be another man's treasure.