Designers have long known the beauty and utility that customized glass and mirrors add to the home. Now many homeowners and even renters are becoming privy to the benefits of custom glass and mirrors. However, utilizing these materials can go beyond simply hanging an eye-catching mirror in the living room or installing a glass enclosure in your bathroom.
When you have glass or mirrors customized for your home, you can get creative with placement. Think of the qualities unique to the materials, such as their ease of cleaning and reflective properties. Any space that can benefit from those qualities is a prime candidate for custom mirrors or glass cuts.
1. Mudroom Mirror
A mudroom is more than a space for removing outdoor gear so that the rest of the house stays clean. The mudroom is often the space where you gear up too. To that end, consider having a full-length mirror hung on the wall. You can examine your look before you head out the door. Just make sure the style of the mirror is cohesive with the rest of the entryway.
2. Stove Backsplash
Designers include backsplashes behind sinks and stoves to protect the wall from liquids and steam. Glass is naturally impervious to both steam and liquid. You can choose either a glass or mirror backsplash. Glass is the more common choice, with contractors even applying design elements to the back. However, a mirror could be a useful installation for keeping tabs on your cooking.
3. Bathroom Barrier
Resistance to moisture is an ideal quality in the bathroom, too, which is why most shower enclosures are glass. However, you might have need of other bathroom barriers, such as a shield for the toilet room. If you choose an opaque glass, such as frosted or textured, you’ll have a handsome and low-maintenance toilet room wall.
4. Patio Shelving
In dens, living rooms, and home offices, you commonly find glass shelves. But this type of shelving is also ideal for the patio. You can install sturdy brackets and attach heavy-duty glass cutouts. These shelves will not suffer in wet weather. What’s more, they’ll be much easier to clean than wood or even plastic shelves.
5. Fire Pit Wind Guard
In that vein, another unusual outdoor spot for glass is around a fire pit. Fire pits are beneficial patio additions that allow you to enjoy heat and light no matter the time or weather. The caveat to that, though, is wind, which can whip the flame around. Consider having glass panels installed around the firebox to prevent the wind from interfering with your fire pit flame.
6. Deck Wind Screen
Tall houses and those located on hills offer good views. However, the deck can become a wind tunnel. If you experience this phenomenon, consider having a glass wall installed. You’ll want at least semi-opaque glass so guests and birds don’t mistake the wall for open space. Such glass shouldn’t provide much obstruction of the views.
7. Curio Case
Glass in a curio case is not so surprising. Rather, including a curio case in your décor is sometimes an overlooked design commodity. A curio case is an ideal area for displaying small, fragile, or otherwise precious objects. Consider having a display case custom-made out of glass and mirrors for your particular collection. Remember to include lighting to make your treasures more visible.
8. Fireplace Mantle
The most common material for a fireplace mantle is wood. For that reason, a glass mantle would be an attention-getter. Conversely, if you choose clear glass and discreet brackets, the mantle can recede into the background. This idea is good if you want your décor items to be the focus. Such a mantle should be made of ceramic glass, making it heat-resistant.
Find new ways to use custom glass and mirrors in your home design. Let Martin Glass help you with the design and the implementation.