Three Decorative Types of Glass That Help Add Pizzazz to Your Home's Décor

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If you have some home windows in need of replacement, decorative glass is a visually appealing alternative to your typical window glass. Here are three options and suggestions for their use.

Screen Printed Glass

Screen printed glass is used indoors and out. It is simply glass with an applied screen printed pattern. This type of window is sometimes used in children's rooms as well as on patio doors to make them safer. Choose from dozens of designs or bring in your own drawings to be replicated. White is one of the most widely used colors, but you can choose something that better matches your décor.

While screen printing on clear glass is a popular option, the designs can also be added to tinted or opaque glass, perfect for places with privacy issues. For example, if you have a designated play room for your children and it's on the ground floor, you might create a whimsical animal design on a moderately tinted glass to discourage prying eyes from looking in.

Textured Glass

Textured glass includes various shapes that are created when the glass is made. Some of the effects are barely noticeable, such as in antique glass that has slight dimples throughout. Others offer patterns, such as stands of bamboo, or ripples like you'd find on a tranquil lake.  A few have a slight tint, often in rose or bronze. The glass appears a little darker, but the only way to really tell is to hold something white in back of it and look. For these two colors you'll see a light pink and the merest hint of brown, respectively.

All textured glasses let sunlight in, but the degree of opacity varies with the designs. The most opaque incorporate frosted designs, or repetitive patterns that distort the view. Textured glass is suitable for use in any room. You may want to choose the more opaque varieties for rooms that require more privacy, such as bedrooms and bathrooms.

Stained Glass

Stained glass is the most widely known of the textured glasses. Some of the earliest examples date back to the 7th century, where remnants of windows were found in Britain. The beauty of stained glass is that you can get as intricate as you want with your design, use them in any size window and in any room. In vintage homes, like Victorians and Edwardians, small stained glass windows are often found in entry doors, or used to accent existing windows. One or more panels of multi-paned windows are often replaced with stained glass as a decorative touch.