In terms of sheer elegance, beauty, and sheekness, nothing beats the interior design potentials of glass shelving for the usually minimalist style of the modern home. Transparencyplays an important role in minimalist style. However it should be noted that eventhough they are a match made in heaven with the modern clean simple yet smart and chic design of modern interior design, which utilizes black white and subdued hues, glass wall decor and furniture may not fully match the designs of old houses with their mostly wooden structure.
There exist several different varieties of glass utilized for interior designand furniture. An appropriate selection of glass material, as well as shelf support options like shelf brackets, clips, bars, grips, railings, shelf pegs, and end-capped channels, that blend into the surrounding walls and decor are is key for the full realization of the advantages of glass shelving.
Points to Consider
Glass wall shelves definitely dishes out a unique look to the modern home, it is important to visualize the look and positioning of the glass shelving within the room. It is also important to consider the kinds of materials that will be put on display on the seethrough shelves. Heavier contents will require tough and sturdy brackets to support the glass.
Tempered glass is now available to support heavier displays. Thicker glass is needed for heavy contents like books. A square foot of 1/4 inch-thick glass can support about a little more than 70 lbs, doubling the thickness of the glass can allow it support five times the original weight, so placing supports at about 1 ft away can provide more than adequate support for most decor. However, placing supports 2 ft away and 4 ft away can decrease the weight the glass can support to about a fourth (around 16 lbs.) and an eight (around 2lbs.) of the original 70 lbs capacity respectively.
The position of the shelf should also be considered. Though the tempered glass shelving is now available, if the entire shelf and all its contents fall down because it gets snagged or bumped, the glass will still break and the contents will incur damage. One may opt for rounded corners for a safer shelving unit.
Glass Elegance and Functionality
Glass used for decorative shelving comes in several shades of colored glass, etched glass, and tinted glass. Shades of blue and green impart a soothing touch to bathrooms and showers. Frosted glass will give it a more subtle look.
There are also many options for shelving supports like shelf brackets, clips, bars, grips, railings, shelf pegs, and end-capped channels. Some light bearing shelves use UV glue to support the glass.Brackets are usually considered the less stylish but they provide the best support. However many types of brackets are available that may prove to be stylish like white or black enamel brackersaside from the usual stainless steel or chrome finished brackets.
This type of shelving unti can provide exclusive and highlt popular effects like the floating display shelving. Corner shelves and mounted glass shelves are also highly popular as they save floor space.
Glass materials for shelving is easy to clean, waterproof, matches very well with any wall color, and adds a shine that highlights the display and opens up the whole room. In the bathroom, glass shelving systems are especially as functional as they are decorative because their transparency allows item in the bath to be found more easily.