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Forget windows think decorative glass

staircase glass_steps_rails_27_07_12Glass is no longer just for windows. Now, it’s a hit with designers and stylists alike

Forget windows – think decorative. Glass is the perfect material to bring a contemporary look to your home. Its key quality is that it reflects light and brightens surfaces, creating a colourful backdrop that will make your home look that bit more glamorous.

Whether you choose a big statement piece or a quirky one-off item, it will contribute a modern and stylish quality. From kitchen splashbacks to wow factor bathtubs and subtle room partitions, this versatile material can be easily incorporated into your interior – whatever your own personal taste.

Versatile style

A glass splashback can create a unique feature in any room and many companies can now customise them to include your own design. For instance, Shepway Glass will create digitally printed splashbacks using any image you choose – either one from a photo library or a photo from your own collection.

Designers and architects are increasingly using glass as a method to separate rooms – making a division between the bedroom and an en-suite bathroom, for instance. Coloured glass will obscure the light, making it the ideal choice for areas where you want to create a more intimate ambience, or glass can be obscured or etched to create a similar effect.

Small is beautiful

Bringing glass design into your home doesn’t have to be expensive, either. If your budget is limited, why not go for smaller items such as a glass washbasin in the bathroom? It’s an easy way to add a contemporary feel to your home.

A statement light fitting will bring instant appeal, too. Anything from a traditional chandelier to an ultra-modern designer pendant light can create a useful focal point.

Glass shelving and storage pieces combine practicality and style but bear in mind that you’ll need to be fastidious when it comes to cleaning. Finger prints and smudges will show up easily and look less than lovely. And if that sounds too much like hard work, a glass vase will always make a great addition to any room.

Toughen up
For large interior pieces, you need glass that you know won’t shatter

Toughened or tempered glass, which is a type of safety glass, is far stronger than regular types. Very hot or cold temperatures can sometimes affect the condition and state of the glass you use so for health and safety reasons, be sure to check out the quality of the glass you plan on purchasing beforehand.

Things to look for which may indicate that glass is breaking, include the formation of small cracks or splits forming. Depending on the severity of damage to the glass, the cracks may develop, getting bigger, longer and wider in size.

The choice of style, design and colour is endless: from screen-printed, sandblasted or painted to design creations that sandwich fabric between two sheets of glass to create a decorative panel, there is a style out there to suit your design requirements.

Words: Lucy Oben-Pepra

This article was first published in at home with Sarah Beeny in August 2012. [Read the digital edition here]

Picture credit: Shutterstock

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