I'm finally getting my dream windows next month, but haven't been able to figure out the shelving details. We're replacing small kitchen windows with two bigger ones (4'x5' and 4'sq), and pushing the biggest one out a foot (there's a soffit above the window outside to shelter it). We're adding a second layer of sliding window or maybe antique glass cabinet doors on the inside, with a foot of space between the two windows to display my collection of jewel-tone glassware. I'm tired of cleaning greasy kitchen dust off everything.
The smaller 4' square window will push into the house instead of out, to be a total of about 6" deep, and that one will hold bright stemware, glasses, and other narrow dishes.
My dilemma is, I don't know what to use for shelving! Right now I am using wire closet shelving but I'd rather avoid that look in the new windows. Solid wood shelves seem like they'd cut out too much light. I want to put plates & platters on the bottom shelf (sill) of the big window and put some sort of vertical dividers between them, and then put three more shelves above that. I've measured my dishes and nothing is over a foot wide. I use some of this glassware daily, and some just for parties. I want flexibility to be able to shift the often-used dishes to the easiest-to-reach locations.
Our house is a 1905 Victorian and the rest of the house has clear finish fir windows trim. We plan to use the same Victorian trim pattern for the new windows in the kitchen. I've included a living room photo so you can see the trim. The washer and dryer in the first photo are moving out of the way.
If I can do something that would stand up to a moderate earthquake, that would be nice.
Here are some photos of the current jumble of glassware. I'm looking forward to spreading them out so each dish stands alone. Then the forms will shine as well as the colors. I'm also looking forward to closing the inner glass doors so my glassware stays clean!