Wall glass shelves can provide an attractive alternative to wood. Many collectors prefer to display their treasures on glass shelves for a number of reasons. Wall glass shelves can also be less obtrusive than wood or metal shelves. One major advantage of wall glass shelves is the ability to use creative lighting effects. Traditional wooden display boxes require exterior track lighting or individual lighting in each cubicle, but glass allows lighting to shine through from above and below. Individual spot lighting placed under the shelves can create a wondrous under lighting effect, especially in a darkened room at night. The reflected light through the glass can give off additional back or under lighting. Wall glass shelves are tend to blend in so well with decor that many people may not immediately notice them.
This might be particularly beneficial if a person wants to showcase a special item without allowing the shelf the item is sitting on to draw attention away from the item itself. Many people associate wall glass shelves with bathroom decor because they are often used in bathrooms, but they have become popular for use in other rooms of the home as well. Some types of wall glass shelves are made from tempered glass, which may make it less dangerous if it does break. Unlike regular glass, tempered glass shatters into many small rounded pieces rather than into jagged, dagger-like pieces.