How to Arrange Items on a Glass Shelf

Shelving is a fantastic way to display and store items. With that being said, too much being packed onto a shelf is off-putting for anyone to look at. Throw heavy, wooden shelving on top of the clutter and you’ve got yourself a total eyesore. There is a way to redo the whole look of your shelves to create a streamlined, appealing look, though. Grab your glass shelving from The Woodlands glass repair shop near you (such as Apple Glass), and let’s get started!

Color Schemes

Too many colors look too cluttered. Instead, choose one color or a tone-on-tone color scheme for a clean, uniform look. If you’re going for a more modern look, try using a pop of color as a backdrop behind the shelf’s items to keep the minimalist look from becoming boring. Be sure to tie the color scheme of your shelves into the room so that the room looks put together as a whole. If your book collection is comprised of plain books, pick a vibrant backdrop color to make these items pop. If you’re going heavy with a number of items you’re putting together in the same color family, pick a contrasting trim or floor color. If you’ve picked a few color groups to work with, try grouping them together for a put-together look. Most importantly, make sure the colors coordinate.

Item Arrangement

The number one rule to arranging items on a shelf is to never pack in the accessories. It’s better to have a few key pieces instead of a bunch of knick-knacks. This is especially true if you’re going for a modern vibe, in which the decor should be sparse. With your key pieces, a classic trick is to place them in between books in lieu of bookends. You can also stack books horizontally or vertically within the placement of your key pieces. This is a great way to make more space for books as well as showcase important items on your shelves. A smart formula for achieving an effortless look is to mirror items on opposite shelves. It’s easy to do and it makes you look like a professional interior decorator. Be sure to place important, attention-grabbing items at eye level, making it easier to grab the eye of those in the room. If deep shelving is what you’re dealing with, try layering bulky items with small items in front to balance it out.

The Woodlands Glass Repair ShopWhich Items Should You Choose?

Mix up your shapes to create interest. This is especially important if you’re going with a single color to fill your shelves or if you’re going with a modern vibe. Don’t use items that you don’t love or don’t use. What’s the point of displaying useless items that don’t mean anything to you? If using your items as book ends doesn’t resonate with you, invest in real bookends instead. Magazine holders are a great way to store loose papers in an organized, but out of sight way. Storage boxes are also fantastic for storing items in plain sight.


Stagger your shelving from The Woodlands glass repair shop near you to create a design that keeps the eyes guessing. If staggering shelves doesn’t appeal to you, play around with shelf arrangement. You never know what you might come up with. Shelves are also great to put in areas that would generally be deemed as “wasted space”. Hang a shelf or two up in an area that would otherwise be left empty for added storage space.

Final Design Thoughts

In between placing items, be sure to take a few steps back to see how the big picture looks. It doesn’t matter that the shelf looks like if the whole picture doesn’t look fabulous when it’s all together. Mounting art pieces to the shelving unit to complement the items on the shelf is another pro move that can give the room a certain flair that will draw guests in. If you’re wanting to try something a little off the wall, install these shelves above your bed in place of a headboard. You can even install a reading light to clear the bedside table of a lamp.

Whatever your style, whatever knick-knacks are near and dear to your heart, Apple Glass has glass shelving that is perfect for your decorating style. If you need help figuring out the perfect size for an area, give us a call! We’d love to make your space more functional.

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I will definitely recommend Apple Glass to anyone who has a glass need…

Peter Marules August 10, 2016

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Called in and states: I was thrilled about the overall service and whole experience w/ Apple Glass….From the 1st phone call till the installation was completed –Thanks for doing such a great job! It is refreshing to see someone who cares about their work….I will tell all my friends!

Martha Oburn August 10, 2016

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