I'm in the process of setting up a planted aquarium and I'm trying to figure out what to do with the furniture it will be sitting on from an aesthetic standpoint.
I live in an apartment that I've done my best to decorate to my somewhat quirky taste given its rather outdated trimmings. [Pic
--please forgive my bad photography. You're free to make fun of my stuffed owl pillow.]
On a lonely wall I have an old (Queen Anne?) desk that belonged to my parents that has nice lines but is currently finished in a deep cherry stain that I'm not fond of. [Pic
--sorry for the flash, I live on a glacier in Central New York with shite lighting.]
On this desk will be the 6.6 gallon aquarium with black substrate, green plants, a rock or two, and tiny red fish (Bororas brigittae
, if you're curious.) On the wall above the aquarium I will be hanging a Moby Dick postertext.com poster
with a white matte and skinny black wooden frame.
The obvious solution would be to paint the desk black, but I've got a lot
of black going on in that room and I'm looking for opinions on alternatives. I don't want to distract from the aquarium, which I'm envisioning as the focal point. My only other idea is to glaze the desk with a silvery finish over black, but I'm not convinced.