Ideas for decorating glass wall shelves

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Ideas for decorating glass wall shelves
Glass shelves are streamlined and understated. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Glass wall shelves are an elegant and modern addition to your interior design. From ethereal floating shelves of frosted glass to understated glass corner shelves, glass shelving is a useful way to create practical storage space without interrupting your contemporary design aesthetic. The design success of your glass shelves largely depends on how you accessorise and decorate the shelves to match your decor.

Decorative Shelves

Before you even begin to accessorise your shelves, consider the various ways that you can transform the simple glass shelves into visual focal points of your space. Most glass shelves feature a slightly frosted or coloured edge, but you can add even more colour to the shelves themselves with adhesive decals or decorative embellishments. Vinyl wall decals are traditionally used as a temporary decoration for bedroom or living room walls, but most decals also adhere firmly to glass. Choose a dramatic black floral pattern to add a whimsical floating piece of art to your interior. If you prefer more colour, add a border along the top of side edge of your shelving with coloured glass stones and a cement adhesive. The border adds a decorative touch and creates a border to keep your accessories from falling over the edge.

Incorporating Textures

Carry the streamlined look of glass wall shelves through your shelving decor with glass accents and decorations. A row of small glass vases filled with coloured glass stones or beads adds colour without distracting with alternative materials. For a more practical approach, use the glass wall shelves in your kitchen or dining room to store your crystal or glass wine and champagne glasses. A striking textural contrast is also an effective way to decorate glass wall shelves. Small woven baskets and boxes or carved wooden sculptures are a pleasing contrast to the smooth, icy texture of glass wall shelves.

Natural Elements

Glass shelves serve as a blank canvas for displaying the dramatic colours and details of natural decor like flowers or plants. A line of single-stem vases with a single orchid or daisy takes centre stage on understated floating glass wall shelves. Painting clay pots filled with grey stones and stalks of bamboo add greenery and colour while maintaining the symmetry and structure of glass shelves. For a more unexpected approach, top your glass shelf with a biome or cross-sectional display of growing grass; the glass shelves won't distract from the display of visible roots through the dirt of the container. Keep the glass shelves wiped clean of any distracting stray drainage or soil if you opt for natural decor.

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