How to Decorate With Stained Glass
Once upon a time, thousands of years ago, stained glass was used only in
grand Cathedral windows to bring in sunlight and illuminate the "hearts
of men". Many years later, wealthy aristocrats added the elegance of
stained glass windows to their mansions and palaces. These days just
about anyone can decorate their home with the beauty and elegance of
stained glass. Back in the 18th century, stained glass artists like
Tiffany and La Farge changed the face of stained glass and proved that
the medium could be used for more than just windows. Light fixtures,
lamps, picture frames and mirrors lined with stained glass are all
beautiful additions to almost any home or business.
Where should you add stained glass? The entryway to the home is a good
place to begin as this is where your guest's first impression is made and
it is also the first sight welcoming you home each day. Stained glass
will add color and style to an otherwise boring door and window pane in
your entryway. The stained glass will allow light in while adding very
desirable privacy to your home. Modern stained glass comes in a variety
of styles and colors and can easily be matched to any décor whether
modern or classic.
Living rooms can benefit from unique and beautiful Tiffany-style lamps.
Choose a color and style that compliments your upholstery, carpet and
wall colors or go for a highly contrasting eclectic look. The stained
glass lamp can simply blend in and be a useful source of light for
reading or it can be the added bit of character that serves as a
"conversation piece" in the home. Either way "a thing of beauty is a joy
to behold" so add some joy to your living space!
The dining room is a great place for a stained glass chandelier. Beveled
edges and translucent colors will add interest and excitement to your
table setting. Lighting certainly sets the mood for the dining room and
stained glass provides just the right feel. Food even seems to taste
better when served in beautiful surroundings, don't you agree?
The bathroom can be accentuated with a beautifully stained glass framed
mirror and/or Tiffany-style light fixtures. How about a jewel-look
stained glass soap holder? Use one of the main colors in the stained
glass to match your towels, toothbrush holder, shower curtain and soap
dispenser to for a fabulous, elegant rich look. These items don't need
to be expensive and your bathroom will look like it belongs to the
A beautiful stained glass window over the kitchen sink would certainly
make doing dishes more enjoyable. Casual meals in the breakfast nook
would seem more extraordinary when surrounded by beautiful stained glass.
Dishes in one of the jewel-tones of the stained glass and a contrasting
jewel-toned tablecloth would pull the look together nicely.
Saving the best for last...the bedroom! Beautiful stained glass lamps
gracing the nightstands on either side of the bed could help to set the
mood. A stained glass vase or jewelry box on top of the dresser could be
just the touch you need.
There are so many ways to decorate with stained glass. You could easily
put a stained glass piece in every room of the house either to compliment
your decorating theme or even AS your decorating theme. Let your
imagination run wild and enjoy your newfound love of stained glass.