Today we’re sharing how to style a glass display cabinet!
I wish I could count the number of times I’ve moved this cabinet.
Truthfully, it’s been far too many times.
If there was one piece of furniture in our home I would give away immediately, it would be this glass display cabinet.
There’s nothing wrong with the cabinet at all. My Mom tells me she loves it all the time 😉
It’s just that it’s not the right piece for this particular space.
And no matter how many times I restyle it or move it from the breakfast nook back to its original spot then back to the breakfast nook again a few months later, it just never feels right.
Do you have any pieces of furniture like that in your home?
After much consideration, I’ve narrowed it down. We just have too many open storage and display areas in our house.
In fact, if you stand in the right spot, you can see the bookcases in the living room, the bookcases in the office, the hutch in the dining room, and the hutch in the breakfast nook all at the same time.
Beautiful, for sure.
But it can also read busy with lots of collections if we’re not careful in this open concept home.
Since this glass display cabinet is a family piece and not going anywhere anytime soon though, I decided I better get down to some “meantime decorating.”
You know, the kind of decorating you do while you’re waiting for the right piece to come along.
While the color palette in our home is a pretty tight one with mostly whites, creams, French grays, and camels my hope is you’ll be able to find some inspiration to freshen up a few spaces in your home without having to spend a lot of money too.
Here’s a look at how to style a glass display cabinet…
Decide How You Want Your Glass Display Cabinet or Display Case to Function
Glass display pieces are relatively easy to style. But they definitely need a function and purpose.
You can style your glass display cabinet with a collection in mind.
Consider ironstone, vintage silver, transferware, trophies, art, baskets, weathered books, or with fabulous architectural and salvaged finds.
Don’t be afraid to use your glass display cabinet in a more practical way too though.
You can easily display decorating books or magazines, linen storage, craft and sewing supplies, home office supplies, or even school supplies if your kids are doing virtual learning this year.
Keep a Consistent Color Palette
When you style a glass display cabinet, consider the existing color palette you have in your home.
It will visually help to ensure a seamless transition from one space to the next.
Especially, if you have a lot of displays and collections or live in an open concept home.
Vary the Height and Shape of Objects to Help Add Interest
As you’re gathering pieces to style your cabinet, keep in mind you’ll need a variety of objects at different heights and shapes to help add interest.
I chose a simple collection of books, medallions, scales, and ironstone platters to style this glass display cabinet because I didn’t want to it be too fussy.
Beware of Spacing Items Too Close Together
If you’ve ever tried to style a bookcase, shelves, or glass-front cabinets you know there’s a very thin line between collected and cluttered.
Leaving a little bit of breathing room between objects is a good thing.
Using greenery, flowers and plants is a great way to freshen up any space including on shelves and in bookcases.
While you definitely don’t have to go all out (unless you want to), adding greenery is a natural way to help add life and a quick pop of color to your glass cabinet.
I have no idea if I’ll keep the glass display cabinet in this nook or not.
Sometimes I think about filling it up with just books. Other times I think about using it for blanket storage.
If we had a wall big enough in the bathrooms, I might try towels and toiletries in there too.
The beauty of decorating is that you have the right to change your mind, any time you want.
And if you’re like me and just haven’t found the right piece yet, consider “meantime decorating” until you find a piece you love.
After all, you never know when you’re going to strike the right balance of perfectly imperfect until you try.
Other Cabinet Styling Posts to Enjoy:
- Simple Tips & Tricks for Styling a Bookcase
- The $12 Library Hutch
- How to Make Book Pages Look Aged
- The Easiest Way to Update a Display Cabinet
- How to Turn a Display Case Into a Bookcase