In recent posts, we’ve discussed using mirrors to create the impression of a larger living or dining room. Using glass shelving, as opposed to traditional wood or metal, is another way to make a space feel larger and more airy. It is especially useful in small spaces to make a room feel more open. In darker spaces, glass shelves brighten a room by allowing light to pass through and makes the room feel less cluttered. And, if you store books or pantry items on an upper shelf for example, a quick glance will tell you what’s on those shelves. No step ladder required!
Displaying art or other keepsakes on glass shelves allows them to take center stage and be seen from all angles. Using decorative glass containers for toiletries and storing them on glass shelves works great in bathrooms and especially small powder rooms where careful design considerations need to mesh with functionality. Kitchens are another outstanding place to incorporate glass shelving. Similar colored cups and plates create art on their own and are functional as well. However, not every kitchen item lends itself to display so a good mixture of open and closed shelving makes the most sense.
How you hang the shelves is an important design element. The simplest way is to screw brackets to the wall like a traditional wood shelf but don’t be afraid to be creative. Brackets are available that attach at the wall to give the glass a floating appearance. And, hanging systems using cables or wires deliver a sophisticated industrial look to any space.
For the best results, you should use tempered safety glass since it’s about 4 times stronger than regular glass and always get the edges polished. Polishing will remove the sharpness and proide an elegant finishing touch. Most glass has a green look at the edge but if this bothers you, opt for a “low iron” glass that is virtually clear on the edge.
If you’re considering using glass shelves, be sure to check with us for the right glass thickness and hanging options.