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.
Decorative shelf brackets are an often underrated element in eye-catching shelves. It’s all too easy to overlook them while concentrating on the shelf itself, or the shelf edging, but it would be a mistake to do so. Sometimes, instead of replacing old shelves all you need to breathe new life into them is to invest in decorative shelf brackets.