There are all kinds of ways people elect to decorate their homes. In some cases, decorative elements are functional. Furniture provides us with seating and places to put our coffee cups while lamps offer illumination, just for example. But of course, these elements provide for both function and style, allowing homeowners to beautify interior spaces even while meeting practical needs. Then there are decorative items like mirrors, artwork, and tchotchkes that we don’t necessarily need, but that add to the overall aesthetic appeal. And these touches make a house feel more like a home, displaying the personality and preferences of the people who live there. Decorative glass panels could fall into both categories, depending on how they are used.
Because they are glass, they could be used in place of standard window panes. In this case they may provide some measure of privacy if they happen to be opaque or decorated in a manner that makes them difficult to see through. They may still allow outside light to filter in, but without the onus to add window treatments in order to ensure privacy. And of course, they will also work to insulate the home in such instances, making them both functional and visually appealing. But decorative glass panels could also be used for nothing more than decoration, standing in for artwork on the walls and serving no other function than to beautify your home. So where and how can you use decorative glass panels in your structure?
Let’s start with the front entry, where these panels may fill in for standard glass in a door or flank the doorway, providing an influx of natural light without necessarily letting any Tom, Dick, or traveling salesman see inside. They may also be installed in place of windows throughout your home. Decorative glass panels are especially useful when used for small and/or oddly shaped windows because they allow you to avoid having custom window dressings made. After all, they can address your privacy concerns and once they’re in place, you won’t want to hide them.
Decorative glass panels may also be added in place of walls in some cases, allowing you to mount barriers that delineate separate living spaces without damping the flow of natural light throughout your home. They can be used in lieu of a traditional, solid or slatted banister for the same basic purpose, while also providing a safety feature. You could also use decorative glass panels as privacy screens, either free-standing in your bedroom (for the purposes of changing clothes, if you happen to be very modest or you’re interested in antiquities) or in place of the standard, clear glass used for showers doors.
But decorative glass doesn’t necessarily have to hide things; it could be used to reveal them, as well. For example, you might place a decorative glass panel on the top or sides of a bar to show the liquor bottles within or in place of cabinet doors to display favorite dishware. Or you may backlight panels on walls to reveal an image hidden within. There is no shortage of potential uses, both functional and beautiful, for decorative glass in the home. So don’t hesitate to check out the many creative products from vendors like Imaging Sciences or local stained glass artisans. Decorative glass panels could definitely help to provide you with the gorgeous home interior that suits your personal tastes.