“The thing I love most about my job is watching my customer’s eyes widen when they see all of the unique and different things we can do with glass in their home,” says Kent Rosenthal, General Manager of the Glass Division of Hellenbrand Glass.
The impact of strategically placed glass accent in a home can make the home one of a kind. It can add color, class, and a dimension that other design and decorative features cannot do. And, depending on the placement, it can be one of the more dynamic visual features of your home’s interior. Unfortunately, the majority of people are not aware of the varieties of glass and the special treatments that can be done. In fact, most decorators and architects are in the same situation. New processes, designs, colors, and other features are being added every year.
Common Glass Accents
- Decorative shower doors
- Decorative doors anywhere within the home
- “Fly by” light housings
- Railings for stairs, verandas, and decks
- Back painted glass for wall or backsplash treatments
- Custom fitted bar & table tops
- Glass walls for partitioning home theaters or exercise rooms
- Hanging accents to utilize high ceilings
Trends in Home Glass
One of the current trends in home glass is the installation of “smart” glass. Smart glass is specially crafted to change tints that greatly reduce glare and direct sunlight into your home. At some point in the near future it is anticipated that smart glass will not only replace window blinds and shades, but may also be able to be used like a large computer screen, too.
Another trend is architecturally designed and inspired windows. Different shapes and sizes are built higher up in a wall, acting as an accent window. Window casements are being built with extra attention to detail similar to installing signature wood casework throughout your house.
Glass shelves, custom mirrors, and glass tabletops are also on-trend. You can also install doors with glass inserts, inserts that can be clear glass, frosted glass, or engraved glass. Colored glass is also an option.
Glass Adds Value
Strategically installing glass throughout your home adds value. Today’s homebuyers are looking for homes that have sustainable materials and where the interior of the home is open, bringing in lots of light. Glass meets all these desires.
“Lack of imagination and creativity are the only things that will limit what a homeowner can do with glass in your home,” adds Rosenthal. “My advice to anyone who likes the idea of using glass in building, remodeling and/or decorating, is to speak with a glass professional. Commit yourself to learning about what options exist and you may find options for your home you never imagined.”