Glass shelves are a beautiful feature to have in your home. The biggest thing they offer is the ability to allow light to flow through, they’re also a great way to add new dimensions to a room. A classy feature that’s surprisingly low maintenance, durable and most of all, functional.
If glass shelving isn’t really something you’ve considered, or you’re not really sure how they’d work in your home, in this article we’re going to explore some of the creative ways that you can use them to maximum appeal. And don’t forget that they can be frosted, tinted and coloured too, so the possibilities for personalisation really are endless…
Glass Shelves as a Partition Wall
A glass partition wall is a great way to divide a space if you have an open plan living area. Using glass shelving to separate space means you don’t have to compromise the flow of natural light, but still allows you to have designated spaces for different uses.
A glass partition wall is perfect for separating your living area from your kitchen for example. Or, if you use a portion of a room as a work space, being able to completely remove yourself from the area at the end of the day, means you’re more easily able to wind down.
Glass Shelves Across a Mirror
Glass shelves have many purposes, but using them across a mirror may not have come to mind. We aren’t talking about installing glass shelves across a full-body length mirror, we’re talking about using a mirror as a backing to a shelving unit.
Glass shelves placed across a mirror creates the illusion of a bigger space. It also allows light to bounce off the many glass surfaces resulting in a much brighter area.
You can display many products on a glass shelf, with the mirror behind it adding a touch of glitz to your space. This works particularly well in bathrooms where strategic lighting can really add a sparkle to the many reflective surfaces.
Glass Shelves Across a Window
Installing glass shelves across windows will instantly maximise storage space without having to compromise on natural light. Perfect for displaying plants and flowers, this is also a great place to display a few items of glassware.
On sunny days, the glassware will refract the light, sending beautiful patterns dancing about your home as the day moves along.
Hanging Glass Shelves
If a statement piece is what you want, then this is the one for you. Hanging glass shelves from the ceiling is a great way to “lift” a room and makes use of space that would otherwise remain empty. Strategic placement of hanging glass shelves can really add a focal point to a room.
You could even create a partition wall with hanging shelves if you’re looking for a more designer, futuristic approach to your interior.
Floating Wall-mounted Shelves
If a minimalist, clean look is where things are at for you, then a simple way to make use of glass shelves is to fix them to your wall as if to appear unsupported. Floating shelves look beautiful, especially if made from glass and the clean, crisp lines mean that whatever you display on them will get maximum attention. They add texture and dimension to a room without obviously standing out.
Glass Shelves as a Wall Feature
Create a wall feature by using coloured glass shelves. If your house is minimalistic in design, adding coloured glass to your walls will add vibrancy and texture. Using glass as opposed to other materials lends itself well to simplistic interior design as it’s subtle and uses natural light to its fullest.
Using Glass Shelves for Organisation
Coloured glass shelves are ideal for organising household items in a sleek and stylish way.
Add coloured glass shelves to your kitchen cupboards. Trade in that dusty old wooden bookshelf for a sleek glass one, or convert that cupboard under the stairs into a stylish walk-in wardrobe, where all your favourite shoes can be displayed and cherished as if you’ve just walked into a designer boutique.
On the other hand, if you still want to keep a touch of nature in your home, glass shelves work wonderfully when combined with a natural wooden frame. The glass shelves add a lightness while the grains in the wood remain a prominent feature – the best of both worlds some may say.
Glass shelves are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes, but they also work really well in older properties where maximising natural light can be somewhat difficult. There are many ways that you can utilise glass shelving to get the exact look and feel you want without having to compromise on practicality.
So, whether you want to use your shelves as a statement piece or as a place to store items, investing in glass shelving should definitely be on your spring DIY list.
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