Just like clothing and personal grooming trends, home decor and style trends are constantly changing, but tend to be cyclical. If you've ever admired the character and architectural elements of a bygone era, and you're looking to incorporate them into your home, you're in luck. Many of those elements are making a strong comeback. Here are some of the ways glass is being used like it's eighteen (or thirteen) ninety-nine.
High, Arched Windows
Cathedral and some large churches are built with airy, light designs that incorporate floor to ceiling glass. When these designs were first introduced as early as the 13th century, they were the talk of the town. The level of engineering that went into creating high arches, and the bodily risks that were involved in early trial and error approaches to construction, were truly astounding. Gothic architecture still has a certain dramatic appeal, and adding a high arch to your home brings some of the romance of the Renaissance into your living room.
Today, high, arched windows are constructed in a safe manner, and can often be pre-fabricated. They come in insulated and double pane varieties, and the window treatments used to accentuate these stunning features can really leave an impression.
Putting an arched window in a great room or a family room with high ceilings will draw the eye upward, and show off how large the room really is. Don't try to put arched windows into a tiny bathroom or bedroom, though, because it just ends up looking like you're trying to accommodate a leprechaun.
Today, stained glass, which is made by adding various chemicals to the glass as it is being fired, is seen almost exclusively in window light catchers, vases, and churches. Once upon a time, though, stained glass was popular for homes, mostly for Christians who worshiped primarily at home. Stained glass was (and sometimes still is) also used in mosaics and glass tiles.
If you want to make a bold statement, and bring a blast from the past into your home, try adding a stained glass window. The wonderful thing about this addition is that it doesn't require new construction or renovation. Simply have the stained glass piece made, and placed in your window.
They make show stopping entryway additions. A stained glass panel on your door can provide both beauty and privacy. Because stained glass filters light, you would do well to place stained windows in areas where you do not depend on natural light for indoor visibility. Stairways, entryways, and bathrooms are all good options, but a small stained glass accent can be added to a room with many other windows without risking lowered visibility.
Visibility Limiting Glass
Have you ever stepped into an ancient building and seen how the window glass had warped, distorting the view of the outdoors? Believe it or not, glass is now being made to look like that. Like distressed jeans, it's cool to have new glass that looks old.
Other visibility limiting trends include frosted or etched glass, and distorted glass bricks. Frosting and etching can be done in any pattern or print you like. These elements are fantastic for bathrooms, where you want privacy, and for offices, where wide open windows can be a distraction. Don't forget doors! What hard boiled detective movie would be complete without a frosted glass office door? Sure, those were made mostly in the 1930s, but a blast from the past could be just the update you're looking for.
Having a unique design element in your home can increase your satisfaction living there, and can also improve its value. Take some time to decide what old window trends you'd like to incorporate, and add something fantastic to your house!