When designers look to infuse color into a space, glass isn’t typically their first choice.
While glass can lend itself to multiple applications, glass is often viewed as too transparent a medium to use to add color to a room.
However, if one selects the right glass pieces, glass can not only add color, but also interest and dimension to a space as well.
If considering decorating with glass, here are some overall do’s and don’ts.
n Consider using glass objects of all one color. This can help to make a powerful color statement.
n Consider incorporating other glass decorative pieces in your space, such as lighting.
n Mix opaque glass with glass selections that may be more transparent.
n Consider using warm tones of glass, such as amber.
n Use interesting shapes of glass, such as those that may have objects embedded within the glass or interesting and unusual shapes and sizes. Blown glass lends itself to a large array of possibilities.
n Be afraid to use more than one glass item together in the same vignette. Sometimes decorative glass items placed in a series can be a powerful presentation.
n Use too many clear or transparent surfaces. They will likely vanish amongst your decor.
n Place glass decorative objects on a glass surface. To really highlight your decorative glass items, placement on a solid surface, such as wood or stone, is best.
n Forget white and black are colors. White or glass decorative selections can blend well with other colors in a space without clashing.
n Overlook the power of investing in quality pieces of decorative glass. Nearly all high-end glass is created by the hand of a skilled artisan and should stand the test of time without being trendy.
Cathy Hobbs, based in New York City, is an Emmy Award-winning television host, and a nationally known interior design and home staging expert with offices in New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C. Contact her at email@example.com or visit cathyhobbs.com.