Design + Decor

26 Creative Ways to Use Glass in Your Home

Nasir al-Mulk Mosque, Shiraz, Iran | Architectural Digest


“Finished at the end of the 19th century, this technicolor mosque in southern Iran dazzles with intricate stained glass windows, richly colored tiles, carved pillars, and woven rugs. Due to its strategic positioning, early-morning light produces a kaleidoscopic effect within the structure.” — Architectural Digest

How beautiful is that mosque with the sunlight glistening through those amazing stained glass windows! Granted, most likely none of us have interior spaces as grand as this mosque, but we can certainly be inspired by its beauty and its fabulous use of stained glass.

Can you even imagine what it was like to live in a home before glass existed? So dark, dreary and drab. To me, the more windows the better, so that my home is expanded to encompass the great outdoors. I love watching the snow fall, a storm roll in, birds flitting about, the sun rise…you get the drift. And my cat, Isabelle, would be so bored without squirrel entertainment.

Today, I’d like to talk about all kinds of decorative glass, glass that lets in the light but whose textural intrigue offers privacy, obscuring without obstructing. And while classic clear glass is gorgeous, glass doesn’t need to be plain. Glass doesn’t need to be clear. Glass doesn’t have to be on a window or a door. Glass can be so much more! Here are some creative ways to use glass that will add drama, personality and yes, in some cases privacy. Whether you like your glass stained or with no color, on a window or as a room divider, it doesn’t take much effort to create a work of art to enhance your home. House Beautiful calls decorative glass “the design solution you didn’t know you needed.” I couldn’t agree more.


STAINED GLASS. The term “stained glass” derives from the silver stain that was often applied to the side of the window that would face the outside of the building. When the glass was fired, the silver stain turned a yellow color that could range from lemon to gold. Stained glass was usually used to make windows, so that the light would shine through the painting. It is a form of painting that began over 1,000 years ago and is still essentially made the same way today. (Khan Academy)

Here are some beautiful and unique ways to make this ancient art form relevant today.

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FLUTED, FROSTED, ETCHED + BLOCK GLASS. Not into a lot of color, but still want interest and privacy? Fluted, frosted, etched or block glass may be the way to go.

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So have we inspired you to add some decorative glass to your home? Even just switching out a door or adding some beautiful etching to a window can make a world of difference. And guess what? We don’t have to come to your house to help you make this design decision. We’re still fully functioning and can totally get your project off the ground while we’re all social distancing. In fact, right now, for a one-time, flat hourly fee, we can do a virtual consultation with you over Zoom, Skype or FaceTime. Call us at 314.395.1114 for more information.

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