If you’re in love with lighting as means of decorating a house, just like I am, then you know how much value glass doors add to a living space. Even though some would say it kills any sort of privacy one might have in a room, others would disagree, as decorating glass doors in certain ways can completely switch the atmosphere in a room, while still maintaining a proper amount of privacy in it. With a little imagination and a little money, your glass doors can become your new best friend, and here’s what you can do:
If you’re not a big fan of do-it-yourself (DIY) projects, then purchasing window decals can be the best solution for you. These window graphics not only look good, but are extremely easy to set up, and if you don’t like them – extremely easy to take down.
This will give you more options, but it’s somewhat tricky if you’re not good at painting. There is a certain type of paint which can be applied to glass but is temporary, and could be a good start for all those looking to add a touch of their personal self to their living quarters.
If you’re not a professional painter, I suggest you leave this one alone, or to someone who knows what he’s doing. Even though it looks better than both decals and temporary paint, permanent paint is (as the name suggests) – permanent. Just like a tattoo – it can be amazing when done right. Otherwise, it can ruin your home.
Blurry Glass Doors
Blurry doors are ideal for bathrooms and kitchens, as they let enough light inside, but still keep a decent amount of privacy. These types of glass are often more expensive (and thicker), so don’t freak out when you see the end price.
Two-way or even one-way mirrors (other side can see a mirror, you can see through) are a good option, if you’re located on the ground floor, or somewhere frequent. It’s also a lot of fun, as people are drawn to mirrors as flies are to night lighting.
Etching refers to the technique of creating art on the surface of glass by applying acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances. If you’re a DIY maniac, you can try and etch different patterns on your glass doors. Together with paint (both temporary and permanent), it can create amazing effects.
This doesn’t necessarily mean curtains, but in a way – it does. Depending on where the door leads to (to another room, or to the outside) you can cover the glass in the fabric on one side or the other. You can even place a piece of fabric between two layers of glass to create an amazing, picture-like effect.
According to Designing Home, sliding panels are “a good solution for patio doors in a more contemporary setting and are available in a variety of colors and textures to match your decor.” They slide under each other when the doors open and take very little space, yet give much in return in terms of decoration.
Similar to decals, shutters are a very simple and easy solution for your glass doors. They’re easy to set up and also easy to maintain, however, they will bring very little value in terms of decoration. If you’re a form-over-function type of person, shutters might be the best option for you.