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victorian stained glass panel

victorian stained glass panel

Stained glass panels are a beautiful way to add a unique touch of creativity to your home. They bring together charming art forms, color and an exclusive and captivating play of light. These panels have been used since centuries and have added a touch of beauty to many ancient buildings, but most importantly churches, chapels and cathedrals etc. These days the colored glass panels are enjoying a place of pride in many homes with an added touch of a contemporary flare. The biggest advantage of stained glass is (which is also the core reason of its popularity since centuries) its ability to add privacy without blocking natural light. Stained glass windows look stylish, colorful and their contribution to the beauty of the whole area is immense. Not to mention the breathtaking hues which are showered around due to the play of light and color brought together in fascinating designs.

Stained glass panels are formed by using colored glass which has been cut into shapes and put together in the form of a mosaic to form a beautiful picture or pattern. To provide additional strength and stability to the whole piece, metal strips are soldered together so that the glass is held in place. The glass pieces which are put together are colored during the manufacturing process by addition of salts which impart different colors. This glass is then made into flat sheets which can then be cut using special glass cutters and pieced together as per the design. Many intricate patterns, designs and pictures can be created out of stained glass. In the churches etc they basically depict scenes from bible, in the modern homes they can be portraying beautiful flowers, trees, animals or appealing colorful geometric patterns.

Stained glass panels are most famously used for adorning the windows of modern day houses. However that is just one of its many uses. They also work great as sky light panels. The beauty of light filtering through the stained glass is absolutely exquisite. You can enhance the effect all the more by having “up lighting” to brighten them in the dark. They also work very well as a room divider screens. The kaleidoscope of colors that it offers will take the whole look and feel of your home to the next level. Have the stained glass panels installed near the entrance door and see how the hallway brightens with the natural light filtering through. You can also try the same for bathroom windows. Louis Tiffany gave an all new dimension to this art work when he designed lamps with stained glass. These are still in vogue and continue to reign as the symbol of style and artistic excellence. The Tiffany lamps are mostly made with opaque or milky glass. Some stained glass panels are made from textured glass too. It could be simply opaque or with a pebbly surface. Sometimes mirrors are also used for the same.

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Stained Glass Home Bar Signs

Stained glass home bar sign

Stained glass home bar sign

For those who wish to incorporate a unique way of achieving high standards of architectural beauty, the use of stained glass windows has been existence for some time now. However, in recent times, their popularity has increased considering the high level of sophistication and intricacy these windows have. Both home and commercial bar establishments have increasingly adopted the use of hanging panels to convey messages in an appealing and tasteful manner. The demand for stained glass home bar signs has increased considering there’s so much graphic artwork that can be put into the entire design. It’s good to ensure that the design selected should reflect boldness and elegance.

The good news is that if you’re looking for glass home or commercial bar signs that will give you impressive results, you can choose from various colors and designs or have one custom made just for you. It’s important to choose a reputable professional with top notch experience who can guide you on choosing the best designs. Having a good design and color facilitates a pacifying atmosphere that creates a top notch feeling of excitement and ambience. Stained glass windows are loved by everyone, and unfortunately, some people mistakenly feel they’re costly and are therefore beyond their reach. Nothing could be further from the truth. While some intricate panels can be high priced most of the ones we do for homes are quite reasonable. If you’re fascinated with stained glass, you should contemplate at least having a quote done. One of the more popular things now is the home bar sign. I have done several of these. They can make a plain ole boring home bar pop and sizzle with excitement giving it the feel of a true commercial bar.

These stained glass window hangings are terrific considering they fully incorporate the needs of everyone in a special and memorable way. Both commercial and residential clients appreciate the importance of having hang panels considering they are a cheaper option and a smart way to relish stained glass signs in your home. If you love to be unique and experimental, you can opt for stained glass signs that come in different shapes depending on the where they will be placed.

Users looking for creativity are allowed to choose from designs such as birds, flowers, butterflies among many others to achieve stunning designs. Some of the colors that you can consider include green, gold and amber. There are so many unique ways you can use stained glass; some people interested in lighting up spaces use them as cabinet inserts to add a touch of elegance. It’s worth mentioning that stained glass signs can be given to loved ones as gifts for special occasions. In such a case, you need to research carefully and choose a style that will compliment the personality of the recipient especially if they are love tainted windows.

In recent times, a lot of people have been increasingly gaining interest in purchasing glass hanging panels because when renting a house, it makes it difficult for renters to customize and personalize homes by installing stained glass windows. Therefore, if you’re looking for a perfect recipe for style and creativity, the decision to use a stained glass home bar or commercial signs is a good idea.

To inquire about a home bar stained glass panel contact us thru AGlassMenagerie.net or call 912-349-4077

Southwest Stained Glass

Southwest Chili Peppers stained glass

Southwest Chili Peppers stained glass

Evoking a relaxed and stress-free approach, southwest stained glass styles are both extremely ambient and very peaceful. Each southwest stained glass style is great for giving off the feeling of actually being right in the midst of the southwest. With rolling winds, green-hued cactus, big desert plains as far as the eyes can see, as well as sunny blue skies, southwest stained glass is really a beautiful way to showcase an appreciation for nature and for the southwest as a whole. Many people love to incorporate southwest stained glass styles in their home because southwest stained glass looks great when coordinated with a wide range of different furnishings. The best furnishings to pair with southwest stained glass are understated, simplistic, made from natural materials, and that give off a fuss-free overall approach. Especially for homes in remote locations, or even homes located in the desert, southwest stained glass is especially popular.

In addition to cactus plants, desert plains, and sunny blue skies, southwest stained glass can and does sometimes include animals that traditionally live in the southwest such as coyotes and lizards, imagery of American Indians in traditional garb, cowboys on horses, as well as birds, stars, religious crosses, and amazingly beautiful sunsets. Southwest stained glass looks great in any room in a home or even office. This specific type of stained glass does not only look great as a replacement for traditional windows, but also looks great when displayed as a wall hanging, or when placed on a shelf or above a fireplace. But, always remember, southwest stained glass looks best when used in conjunction with some type of light shining through uncovering beautiful shapes, images, and colors. Either with the sunlight or even the light of a fire from a crackling fireplace, southwest stained glass never misses a beat and always conveys an incredible expression of warmth and love.

To see some beautiful Southwest stained glass designs visit our main site:  A Glass Menagerie.  We can modify any stained glass design to fit any shape/size or create a custom design just for you.

Contemporary Stained Glass

Contemporary Geometric Panel

Contemporary Geometric Panel

As of late, many individuals are really starting to appreciate the extreme value in adorning their home or office with a contemporary and modern decorating style. This contemporary and modern decorating style includes fresh and modern types of furnishings, up to date wall coverings, and even, contemporary styles of stained glass! Contemporary stained glass is quickly becoming a very unique and distinctive replacement to a plain window, of any size, in any room in a home or office. The reality is that the reason why some might shy away from stained glass windows in their home or office is because many stained glass styles tend to appear specifically traditional or too elegant for a modern-looking home. But, this is not the case with contemporary stained glass styles. The look of contemporary stained glass is extremely new, understated, versatile, and particularly low-key.  And, now more than ever, many homeowners are choosing to incorporate contemporary stained glass into their abode, and this is because contemporary stained glass gives off the appearance of simplicity, but also evokes a sense of straightforward luxury.

As a whole, contemporary stained glass is full of abstract shapes, a wide variety of bold colors, and streamlined design aesthetics. Each contemporary stained glass design also gives off bold, eye-catching artistic elements that actually looks great in all types of homes, no matter the size, shape, or location. Even small apartments and mid-sized condominiums look great with the addition of several contemporary stained glass windows. The best decor styles to pair with contemporary stained glass windows are up-to-the-minute couches, tables, chairs, and wall coverings in neutral colors and shades. Brushed metal and glass tables and lamps also look great when coordinated with contemporary stained glass. As it goes to show, no matter what is paired with contemporary stained glass, it always look modern and gives off a present appeal!

To see more designs visit our site:  A Glass Menagerie or Email:  glassm2@yahoo.com

Art Deco Stained Glass Windows

Art Deco Stained Glass Window Panel

Art Deco Window Panel

One of the most beautiful and striking stained glass styles out there today is the Art Deco style. The Art Deco style reached it’s height of popularity between the years 1925 and the 1940’s. Art Deco stained glass is unique in many ways, firstly, because it incorporates bright colors and also because it uses different geometric shapes as well as mathematical concepts intertwined within one another. Art Deco is also known for utilizing linear symmetry within the intricate designs. The Art Deco style integrates various shapes and colors such as flower and plant designs as well as butterflies and feminine figures. This uniqueness is what makes this stained glass style interesting and one-of-a-kind.

As of late, stained glass has had a resurgence in a big way with many people choosing to incorporate Art Deco stained glass in their homes and offices for a modern twist on traditional window coverings. The entire look of art deco stained glass is distinctive, and also conveys a feeling of artistic sensibility and exciting whimsy! Choose to utilize Art Deco stained glass in a foyer for the ultimate entryway that is worthy of attention and praise. Or instead, place art deco stained glass in a bathroom for an unexpected burst of color and beauty. The best aspect about art deco stained glass is that it looks great in any room of a home or office, and since it is stained glass, it always allows a beautiful light to shine through creating the most opulent appearance possible. Another great aspect about Art Deco stained glass is that it perfectly coordinates with a wide range of different decor styles, especially the modern and clean look of the newest furniture and wall designs. The best decor style to couple with stained glass is clean and streamlined in muted colors and shades such as white, cream, beige, and even black or charcoal. Wrought iron banisters perfectly match the look of Art Deco stained glass, as does traditional wood flooring in a dark grey shade, black shade, or even rich-looking deep cherry wood.

Visit our web site to see many more stained glass Art Deco window styles.  For a quote call (912)349-4077 or Email me: glassm2@yahoo.com

Stained Glass Kitchen Windows – A Feasible Option

Art Deco-Stained Glass Panel

Art Deco-Stained Glass Panel

When exploring kitchen window styles, take into account that stained glass kitchen windows add an extraordinary and artistic flare to your kitchen.  Individual pieces of colored glass is joined together with solder and can be created in any size or design.  Stained glass can be formed to fit any kitchen window shape.

Having stained glass installed in the kitchen can provide a great design opportunity.  It not only looks stunning, it can also provide the privacy if desired while letting in daylight. Furthermore, in a beautiful sunny day, the color scheme of the kitchen will be enhanced by the natural colors created by stained glass.

Stained glass can be customized to fit your current window frame, or a hanging panel can be created.  Cabinet door inserts are always a winning choice.  I have one customer that changes her cabinet inserts with the seasons.   Hot designs right now include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Frank Lloyd Wright, anything geometrical and other classic motifs. Floral and specialty bevels are also popular patterns used for stained glass.

One of the more functionally desirable locations for stained glass would be the windows located above the kitchen sink which may overlook an undesirable view or a neighboring house. Adding stained glass will allow natural light while blocking an unattractive view.

Stained glass sun catchers offer options for a smaller budget which add warmth and color to any kitchen window. Commissioning a custom piece for an upscale look  is easier than you might think.  It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  Simple patterns can be less costly to produce and will provide a beautiful elegance.  We provide our customers with a full color scaled drawing of your chosen design.  Other design elements can be added or removed quite easily.  We work with our clients until the design is exactly what they envision.

If custom is for you, contact us for a quote.  We specialize in kitchen window design, as well as other rooms by incorporating art-glass for a personalized, custom-made product. Adding stained glass to your kitchen will reflect your style and increase the value of your kitchen.

Visit our site directly to see more kitchen possibilities:  AGlassMenagerie.net/cabinets.html

Email me:  glassm2@yahoo.com

 

 

Improve your Home’s Resale Value with Stained Glass Windows

Traditional style stained glass transom window

Traditional style stained glass transom window

What was once just another plain ole window opening can now be a breathtaking work of art.  Smart homeowners today are replacing ordinary windows with museum-quality artwork made of  stained glass… art glass that is jaw-dropping to look at as the light that passes through them changes throughout the day.

Custom stained glass windows are not only gorgeous additions to a home, but serve to increase the resale value of your home especially when you put it on the market.   Prospective home buyers will look at many homes before making their decision.  Their conversation may go something like this “Honey, I really like the house with the beautiful stained glass windows”.   Imagine those windows being a contributing factor in selling your home!  It can and does happen.  So many homes I have personally looked at over the years seem to be somewhat similar to one another.  Everyone of them has beige and white and possibly a red wall.  Gets a bit tiresome.  Same ole, same ole.  I once had a Realtor say to me “I am so sick of every single house I show nowadays has a red wall in it somewhere.”  She wanted to see something different.  It like clones of one another just in another configuration.  Break out of that mold and make your house irresistible with stained glass. Imagine the impact a stunning stained glass window can make to a potential buyer.  Do you really want your house to look like all the rest?  Your home would stand out among the crowd with unique glass doors filled with a gorgeous stained glass design.

If you already have stained glass installed in your home it could be uninstalled and taken with you to your new home but it is not advisable.  It’s best to keep the stained glass in your home to help boost the home’s resale value.  Stained glass entryways, sidelights, and transoms make a huge first impression on potential home buyers turning a standard entryway into a stunning show piece.  Stained glass kitchen cabinets, pantry doors, or kitchen windows are the kinds of little details that make a home outstanding.  Custom stained glass in bathrooms makes them feel like a luxurious, private get away.  Imagine sitting in your tub surrounded by an exotic jungle scene filled with flowers, plants and perhaps a parrot or toucan.  Your private little oasis.

Do yourself and your home value a favor by investing in a custom stained glass panel.  For more information please contact us at:
A Glass Menagerie via phone (912-349-4077) or Email: glassm2@yahoo.com.

Reinvented Southwestern Style Kitchen

Southwest stained glass cabinet panel

Southwest stained glass cabinet panel

One of my recent customers has decided to reinvent her kitchen to a southwestern style and wanted to include one of my Southwestern style cabinet inserts.  She had chosen her color scheme of  chili pepper red, blue and green.  She had already purchased some televera handles for the cupboard doors.  The handles were framed in blue which would add spots of color through out the kitchen.  After looking through our stained glass designs she chose a wonderful style from our stained glass panel section that would really make the whole kitchen pop.  I had to add elements of design to accommodate the length she needed.  Additionally she chose some light fixtures that were also glass.  I matched the glass to these.

Although I envy the idea of a new kitchen I can also empathize with the strains and struggles of trying to get things done on time.   Has anyone ever gotten any kind of construction work done on time?  That is just a fallacy is it not?  She waited as we all do.   The kitchen was gutted and she was working with a crock pot and microwave in the sunroom.  Kind of a hassle, but I think it is worth it for a brand new kitchen.

The tile floors go in one week and the cabinets the following week.   After a few minor setbacks, everything is moving forward (appliances and lights installed).  The backsplash tile came in the wrong color, so the contractor had to get the right tile shipped overnight.  Whew. Glad it wasn’t me.

I fabricated the window and shipped it.  The client was very pleased.  Below is an excerpt from her Email to me:

“The panel arrived yesterday afternoon and it is beautiful! The colors are perfect. We absolutely love it. It matches the lights so well that I’m sure people will think they came as a set. Your workmanship is impeccable. Terry is already thinking about other projects.
I don’t remember if I told you that the woman at the kitchen design center asked me for your website, which I did pass on to her.
Thanks so much for your excellent work (I wish I had such talent!).”

Here is her finished kitchen!  Gorgeous!

southwest kitchen

Southwest Kitchen

Designing Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows ……They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.  Glass is such a beautiful medium and at A Glass Menagerie we are working to push the boundaries of stained glass as far as they will glow.  The designs can be free-flowing, moving and everyday new ideas are being developed.  I often dream of designs, waking with only fleeting images left in my head.  They are sometimes hard to reproduce from such a split second of time in memory.  No matter how hard I try to remember the details of that design I am left high and dry by my own mind’s eye.  If only I could take a screen shot of my mind I could store it for later use.

The design of a stained glass window may be non-figurative (eg: flowers) or figurative (people); may incorporate stories drawn from the Bible, history, or literature.  Some religious traditions use the stained glass window art form to honor people and important events in their traditions. These windows are beautiful, intricate and complex and are most often associated with windows in Churches, Cathedrals and significant buildings.

I often get the question, “What colors do you have?”  That is a loaded question. There are a hundred types, styles and variations of “clear” glass, and made by many manufacturers. And, there are about 2,000 types of stained (colored) glass on the market today, as well.  Most artists and even most wholesalers can’t stock them all.  We typically order the glass from samples that are produced by the manufacturers.  It’s even hard to keep the samples up to date with new colors being made and old ones being removed.  I have a lot of hand rolled glass (expensive) that is no longer being produced.  Some of my favorites are no longer being made but that is the way of the world is it not?  Out with the old, in with the new.

Designs are only limited by your imagination and the colors well… there are thousands so anything is possible.

Stained glass Capuchin Monkey window

Stained glass Capuchin Monkey window

Stained glass colors from an interior decorators perspective.

Incorporating stained glass windows into your home may seem daunting.  It’s all about color and how you use it.  Here is an interior decorator’s perspective on it.

Many people design their homes with little awareness of the “proper order” of doing things especially when deciding upon their color scheme (and consequently, they try to choose paint colors first, rather than last!)  In actuality, this is more an art of applying simple math equations than it is getting every paint color right.  But, this also means knowing what colors you need in a space and in what proportions.  To establish a sense of continuity throughout one space, or even an entire home, it is always best to establish (what people in the design world) call “a leading pattern!”  Prior to selecting paint colors, it helps if you have something you love actually guiding your eye throughout the whole process, such as an area rug, an important piece of art, or perhaps even a wallpaper pattern.  This is very much like the artist’s paint palette that they would select to use prior to their work of art being created.  During this process, the artist “collects” or “visualizes” something that inspires their stained glass design.  When people try to select colors in their houses, they tend to see things in a disjointed manner which causes the spaces not to flow into each other well (much like your grandmother’s patchwork quilt!)

Consider a stained glass window as a perfect leading pattern.  Find a favorite photograph, an upholstery fabric, tile pattern, a beach scene or really anything that has several colors you love!  We can help guide your eye as far as your “base colors” as well as your “warm and cool accent colors.”  Colors in nature are usually the very best when it comes to creating successful interior color schemes.  Nature usually has a deeper earthy “ground floor” color, a “medium” wall color (thinks tans and greens in trees) and then the lightest “sky” color on the ceiling.  After deciding the neutral base wall colors and anchoring your design, you can then put in your accent wall colors along with accent pieces for exciting “pops” of color.  The more you are able to repeat these accent elements, the more your interior space will flow seamlessly from one space to the other.

So now….you now know a true “inside designer’s secret!”  A successful home interior  starts with one, great exciting “leading pattern” but the trick is perhaps finding it.

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stained glass blue bird panel

Blue bird & vines stained glass panel

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