Are you taking all the advantage you can of using glass as inspiration for your interior design and home décor? If it’s been awhile since you have stopped by the interior decorating store to check out how glass can be used as décor for more than just windows you just might be surprised. In fact, you just might be shocked.
I have written for a number of interior decorating sites and actually used to work for a interior design company. It’s kind of true about what they say in reference to teaching: those can do interior decorating, do it while those who can’t write about it. The home decorating bug never really sucked deeply of my blood, but I’ve kept up with the industry ever since I worked those designers back in the 20th century. When you keep your peripheral vision glued to certain trends and innovations, you just can’t help but notice them. And I can’t help but notice that glass is appearing in more and more within the world of residential décor.
Without question, the most incredible transformation in the world of glass as interior design elements is glass flooring. Until very recently, glass floors were the sole domain of corporate décor. But glass has moved into the residential world of interior décor in a big and highly creative and aesthetically pleasing way. Your house could have just little pockets of glass or a entire floor or even a nifty little walkway from one area to another. Glass walkways can make lofts even more appealing than they are already are. Whether indoor or out, glass flooring is possible and don’t think for a minute it’s just a glass replacement for the flooring you already own. Glass can be mirrored or laid over lighting to create unbelievably cool effects.
A longstanding favorite among residential interior designers wanting to incorporate glass into the home décor is glass blocks. You might well have seen glass blocks used to decorate a bathroom. They make for an artsy way to create a place to shower in privacy while still allowing healthy amounts of light to illuminate the stall. But today’s residential glass blocks are far more decorative than those Coke-bottle thick bricks of yesteryear. Stained glass does not have to mean sacred representations of Biblical figures, you know. Give the makers of custom designed stained glass a chance to get a little profane by ordering up any image stained in glass that you desire. High quality stained glass is still handmade and will prove much more costly than the not-quite-so-high-quality of commercially produced stained glass that uses metal alloys to achieve the color . Among the more abstract decorative effects you can achieve with stained glass is the look of fracture panes and a window that constantly looks out upon a cloudy day.
Decorating with glass reaches its apex when you do something truly striking like taking out an exterior wall and replacing it with an expansive panoramic set of windows . The ultimate of the ultimate would be ceiling to floor windows, but that may not be structurally suitable. Consider a bank of windows looking out onto your backyard or your patio area or your swimming pool that rise from floor to just a few feet below the ceiling. Another way to go is with shorter windows and transom windows separated by a beam that stretches horizontally across the walls.
You already know that a mirrored wall helps to create the illusion of the room being bigger than it is. Utilizing double reflection will help to make even the smallest of rooms-such as a bathroom-seem significantly larger. The key to mirroring the mirror is size. You don’t want wall-length mirrors that mirror each other. Instead, choose a wide horizontal mirror running up from the floor to about the midway point of one wall. On the opposite you can put up a narrow and longer mirror. The key is in making sure that the mirrors reflect each other into eternity. Another way of using mirrors as glass decoration is to place two mirrored walls so that they meet in the corner. This can create some truly spectacular visual effects when you decorate to take advantage of it.