Shelves can make your living room different and edgy – depending on the style that you like the most, really.
However, glass shelves are mostly associated with modern style, sophistication, and clutter-free.
If you have glass shelves in the living room, how should you decorate it?
Will it take a different approach between decorating an open shelf with the traditional framed shelf?
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First of all, you need to understand that glass shelves will create an appealing and elegant look with a touch of perfection in symmetry.
Whether you choose a glass shelf or a floating shelf, you can try to place it next to a door, a window, or other elements that can be the focal point of the room.
Because of the transparent nature, the shelf tends to blend in with the background and surrounding setting so when you choose the wrong location for such a placement, your shelves will be simply useless.
It doesn’t matter whether you choose an open shelf or the enclosed one (you know, the one with glass door?).
As long as you are able to match the shelf with the surrounding environment and you can ‘absorb’ the surrounding color, the shelf will be able to improve itself without you even have to do anything big or extravagant.
HOW TO DECORATE GLASS SHELVES LIVING ROOM
Here some example ideas:
1. PUT ON RIGHT PLACE FOR GLASS SHELVES
A floating shelf by the side of a door or a glass shelf next to a window will add up the elegance of the room. The natural light from the window or the door will create a just enough reflection of the glass, enhancing the look without overdoing it.
2. SHOW BEST BACKGROUND
Choose a background with contrast color or effect. For instance, you can install the glass inside a wooden cabinet so the rich and natural color of the wood can pop out, creating a shiny and glossy effect for the glass.
3. PLAY COLORS
You can play with colors too. If you have something that is bold or bright, use it as an accent. For instance, if you have a big lavender scented candle, place it on the glass and everyone’s attention will be drawn there as soon as they walk into the room.
Mind you, though, that including too many colors within the same space can create confusion and even chaos, so restrict to one or two color scheme only.
If you do have some colorful items, it would be wise to have a similar tone arrangement. From the lavender candle example above, you can decorate the shelf with other items with the same hue, such as purple picture frames, another lavender accessory, or lilac book cover.
If you decorate the glass shelf with colorful but only one color scheme, it will create a harmonious and attractive outcome.
Clear glass is transparent while the brushed glass is a bit translucent. If you want to add texture and play a bit with the overall design, you can combine the usage of both the brushed glass as well as the clear glass. For instance, the brushed glass can be installed for the platform while the clear glass is for the door – you can figure it out yourself.