Glass and the practice of glass blowing date back centuries, but this trend is being reimagined in incredible ways, and is definitely one of my favourites for 2019 and beyond.
This post will show you where it came from, how it’s being reimagined, and where you can get your hands on some of the best coloured glass decor on the market.
Pictured above: Foundation Vase from West Elm.
Coloured Glass: Trend Background
While we are used to seeing stained glass in churches after William Jay Bolton became the first to design one, coloured glass is now prominent in many areas of design including furniture, home accessories and jewellery.
Glass used in this way isn’t a new trend, however. In 50s and 60s coloured glass went wild! The Mid-century modern period was full of brightly coloured decorative items which exuded the positive attitude of that time period.
Originating in Rome, the material has recently seen a resurgence among designers such as Patricia Urquiola, and Nendo who used coloured glass to create collections for Glas Italia in the past two years. On the back of Salone Del Mobile 2016, I expect to see this trend become even more prominent this year.
Coloured Glass: How to Use it at Home
This trend is all about having fun, and can be interpreted in your home in many different ways with varying effects.
Set the Mood
The image above shows the Bell Coffee Table and Side Table by Classicon sitting perfectly in this living room, not overpowering the space. The idea of using tones within the same family is used cleverly here as it gives the space a serene and relaxed vibe. Picking up on the colour of the timber floor and the armchair gives a holistic look.
The addition of the glass mobile adds a calming effect as it blends beautifully with the colours of the view outside. The fact that glass furniture lets light pass through means that your space can appear larger, with a more airy feeling. Reflections can also give a dreamy quality when used in these soft tones.
Grab Some Attention
The opposite effect can be achieved by using coloured glass to give a room a focal point. A great way to achieve this is through lighting. Whether it’s on a table, a wall, the ceiling or floor.
If you love to keep your walls white or have a scandi style home, choose some statement lighting. An easy way to implement this is by hanging pendants over your dining table or kitchen bench. These areas can handle the vibrancy, while spaces like bedrooms might benefit from a more subdued, tonal approach.
Chosen in a rich colour, lights have the ability to brighten your space, literally!
Make a Splash
A simple, yet highly effective way to introduce coloured glass in to your home is to use it as a material in your bathroom or kitchen. It can be used as a splashback, a shower screen or a sink like the beautiful Esperanto range by Rexa shown above. It can give a point of interest to an otherwise boring white bathroom.
In a recent renovation project, I used the Esperanto basin in blue, with a matching shower screen in the same colour. If you do decide to introduce glass in these areas, I suggest simplifying other features like lighting to avoid your room becoming a theme instead of a chic, balanced space.
This trend is for everyone, and can be as simple as a beautiful glass box for your most prized possessions. Or try a striking set of drinking glasses for a talking point at your next dinner party. How far you take it is up to you, but the choices are endless. You can see from my top product picks below that the variety is out there.
Coloured Glass: Where to Buy
What do you think of the coloured glass trend? Drop a comment below and share your thoughts. And see you next month for a brand new trend forecast!