If you are planning shelves for storage in your new bathroom, consider building shelves that are recessed into the wall. These shelves can be either framed with trim or left unframed. Or you can add doors to keep things on the shelves dust free. In a small bathroom, doors with glass or frosted glass doors will make the room appear more spacious than solid wood doors (and frosting creates enough blurring that you don’t need to be quite as neat). You can use the shelves strictly for storage or you can mix storage and display of decorative items. If you cannot or do not want to build recessed shelves, you might consider installing glass shelves. Because they are clear and reflect light, they do not make the room look smaller, as wood shelves might do.
You can find an endless variety of decorative shelf brackets online. They range from 99 cents apiece up to hundreds of dollars for just one of a pair. In order to choose what’s best for you, decide how many brackets you’ll need, what style you are interested in, and your budget. Don’t forget to take into account the weight load rating for the brackets. While most brackets will hold up most shelves, make sure you double check that the decorative shelf brackets you’ve set your heart on are suitable for your shelves before you purchase them.