Recent home decorating trends have stepped away from monochromatic white rooms with minimal belongings. Being forced to spend more time at home in 2020 has awakened a deeper appreciation for spaces that are soothing, comfortable, and – perhaps most importantly – actually livable. Honestly, it’s doubtful whether anyone can really function with as few belongings as you see in minimalist room photos, so why stress yourself trying? On the other hand, though, clutter causes its own brand of anxiety, so this extreme should also be avoided. We’ll explore some practical strategies for creating reasonably organized living space that strikes a balance between minimalism and maximalism.

Look at your shelving with fresh eyes.

Most living space includes some open shelving, whether it be cabinet shelves, wall mounted shelves, or a combination of both. (If you DON’T already have this convenient storage option, you can order custom glass shelves to be installed on unused wall space.) However, over time the contents of shelves tend to become more and more unattractive. A typical set of shelves might include one stuffed with books of all sizes, one overloaded with knick-knacks, and one that’s a catch-all for everything from pet supplies to seashells from last year’s beach vacation!


Reconfigure the contents of open shelves.


Follow these steps to transform the aesthetic faux pas describe above into one of the room’s most charming features.

  • Minimalism might be waning, but the idea of trimming down our “stuff” should never go out of style. Begin by emptying the shelves and donating or discarding items you don’t really need/want. Items that are purely utilitarian should be re-located to a hidden storage area. (You can also set certain pieces aside to be used in decorating elsewhere.)

  • Next, it’s worth your time to peruse articles and videos about styling open shelves. Seeing examples of beautifully arranged shelves makes it easier to create a similar effect. You can even follow this step by step video guide by decorator Jessica Griffin.

  • Place the items back on the shelves, but this time with an eye to visual impact. Use the tips below as a further guide to get you started.


Farewell to Grout Lines

Another problem area in some kitchens is the backsplash. An old tiled backsplash with stained grout is not only dated, but it’s a pain to try to keep it clean. All those grout lines love to accumulate dust and grease in a kitchen setting. With a back painted glass backsplash, you can say goodbye to scrubbing grout with a toothbrush! Since you may not be familiar with this product, we’ll take a look at its features:

  • Back painted glass is created by applying paint and a protective coating to the back of ultra-clear glass.

  • It is installed with the bare glass facing outward and the paint color visible beneath the surface.

  • This product is offered in stock colors, but you can also order any custom color matched shade you prefer.

  • A smooth backsplash is created with as few sheets of glass as possible so that you have a few caulk joints instead of a web of grout lines.

  • This flat surface is easy to clean and sanitize and keeps its freshness and sheen as the years pass.


ABC Can Supply and Install these Items


To have glass shelving, cabinet glass, back painted glass or another type of custom glass or mirror installed in your home, we invite you to contact ABC Glass & Mirror. Our team brings decades of experience to your project, and we’d love to help you update your kitchen or another part of your living space. Set up a free in-home consultation with one of our glaziers – (703)257-7150.