The use of stained glass dates back centuries — at least as far back as the seventh century in monasteries and churches, according to The Stained Glass Association of America.
For that reason, you may have old-world connotations when you think of stained glass windows. Such windows can definitely carry a classical appeal. However, you can also choose from among modern styles that include clearer glass and even opalescence or pearling.
If you're planning on updating your windows during a renovation, consider incorporating stained glass into your plans.
Main Bathroom Windows
If you choose architectural or otherwise textured stained glass, your window will feature some level of opacity. This opacity makes it ideal as a main bathroom window. You can have any size window in any location, and you'll still have privacy thanks to the stained glass.
Homeowners often locate these windows near a soaking tub so they can enjoy the light while relaxing. These windows are sometimes arched or otherwise classically designed for that old-world beauty. However, you can choose any style that complements your bathroom décor.
Shower Clerestory Windows
Another place you may choose to use stained glass in the bathroom is in the shower enclosure. In this case, you can add windows high up the wall in the clerestory style. Such a location means privacy isn't an issue, so you can choose any transparency level you like. Stained glass clerestory windows work well with glass shower enclosures to enhance the beauty of the colored light.
Another common place for stained glass windows is in the foyer. You often see stained glass windows flanking the door, which might also feature a stained glass panel. This effect is common in craftsman-, cottage-, and historical-style homes. Such an installation is almost a hallmark of Victorian homes.
When a foyer features a vaulted ceiling, you often see stained glass transom windows there, too. These windows are located above the transom, or cross beam, of a window or door. Quite often designers use fanlights or other semi-circular styles for a classical appeal — the use of stained glass further enhances this effect.
Interior Transom Window
Also called a transom light, transom windows are also used indoors. You usually see a long, shallow window located above interior doors, typically in older style homes. The window lets more light throughout the house. You can replace the clear glass with stained to add color and beauty to the décor. Any style works well for this installation — consider getting creative in the design.
Many homes incorporate banks of windows as a window wall. Naturally, these configurations welcome the sunlight into your house. They may be part of a bay window bump out, a window corner, or on their own in a single, flat wall.
Clear glass is ideal for your window wall if you have a gorgeous view. However, if the view is less than panoramic, consider adding stained glass into the mix. A window wall is another area for adding stained glass transom lights. However, imagine a big installation of multiple panes of stained glass — you'd have a real wow-factor window bank.
A specialized style of stained glass is the rose window, which features a tracery of radiating forms which create a stylized rose shape. This round window is common in mission-style houses because it originated in churches. However, you could add a rose window in the foyer as a transom light or a stairwell window. Such a beautiful window would provide a talking point for guests.
Stained glass windows can be useful in providing privacy. However, their main advantage comes in the beauty and color they add to your home. Consider adding stained glass windows either as replacements or additions to your home. Consult with Blue Ridge Glass for more home improvement ideas using glass.