Generally a feature in traditional properties stained glass windows are a beautiful and timeless reminder of the influences of the past. Whether it is a small panel at the top of a bay window, a large panel in your front door or a long church style window decorating your stairwell; the glass is a unique design feature that helps to inject some colour and pattern in to your home. Unlike the minimalist craze which encouraged you to ignore and hide stained glass as it represented a dated time of the past; stained glass windows should in fact sit at the centre of your design decisions and can even successfully be part of a contemporary interior.
The Beauty of Stained Glass Should Be Accentuated in Your Home
The simplest way to accentuate stained glass panels within a room is to pick out the colours within the glass and use them as the palette for the rest of your design scheme. Why not pick out a colour from within the glass and use this to add coordinating accents throughout your room. Consider adding scatter cushions, rugs, candles or throws in a chosen shade. Although subtle this will help to create a sense of rhythm and cohesiveness within the design.
A more sophisticated yet highly effective alternative to use alongside coordinating colour schemes is to echo the shapes and forms within the design in other objects and areas of the room. For example, if the glass contains a floral design, why not add a vase of similar flowers to your fire place or choose a cast iron bed with a botanical form. These objects help reiterate the design statement made by the window and consequently bring an element of logic and pattern to your scheme. Furthermore, why not purchase a plain stained glass light shade or a collection of vases in matching colours to the window. Even consider echoing the design by adding glass pebbles to a vase or dish.
One potentially difficult area to address when trying to work alongside stained glass windows is the window dressing itself. The balance between creating an aesthetically pleasing dressing in its own right and not overpowering the window themselves can be difficult dilemma. Generally speaking, however, the same principles as mentioned previously apply. Stick to colours that complement or feature in the window design. To ensure the glass is central to the area, keep your curtain fabric plain yet complementary in a simple shape perhaps with a basic pelmet or curtain track. If you’re feeling brave it is possible to effectively use pattern alongside the window and the two features work in harmony. The key to this is to choose a curtain material that has the same colour spectrum as the window (i.e. greens and reds or gold and blues) yet in a completely different pattern to the glass such as a delicate floral pattern or vertical stripes. As the colours are identical the two elements will complement one another but because the patterns are so very different the two patterns will not act to fight with one another. If you aren’t hundred percent sure about your pattern decisions however it is advised to play safe and stick to plainer fabrics.
Just like a traditional fireplace, coving or doors, stained glass windows are an interesting and beautiful addition to a home that should be embraced not ignored. Be sure to keep the colours and patterns created by the glass central in your design decisions to make fit in and enhance the room as a whole.