Selecting something special for an area of your home makes it just that, “special”, and helps it stand out in your neighborhood with eye popping curb appeal.
There’s nothing better than a well kept exterior. Why? Well because if you keep it in good shape, it will protect you for years and years to come. Plus, we all want to take care of our largest lifetime investment – our homes!
So, raise your hands if you do NOT want your house to look beautiful on the outside and on the inside…..that’s what we thought. No hands at all. You must want that because you watch our show and Matt and I strive to bring you ideas that will make your home look beautiful.
This moment is no exception. And it’s no secret we are going to talk to you about decorative glass, since we’re surrounded by gorgeous windows!
First, we want to make the guys comfortable with the pretty windows. Yes, all of the glass we are going to show you is Energy Star Qualified and the insulated Art Glass has a Lifetime Limited Warranty which includes glass breakage and seal failure. Each of these pieces is made by hand and Shari and I were lucky enough to actually watch that happen and it is fascinating to see the artist apply the color and create these beauties.
Now many of you who might be considering adding Art Glass to your doors or windows are probably wondering about co-coordinating them with both your interior and your exterior. And you are right, it can be tricky, but let’s talk through them a bit and we’ll get that questioned worked out.
OK first of all where do you put them? Well, this type of glass can be installed in entry doors, side lights, and transoms which you often see above a front door with sidelights. They can be half circles, there are elliptical shapes which are just squattier than the half circles, and then there are simple rectangular transom windows. So, you can have a specialty window anywhere you would naturally have a window or a door!
So, with so many options available to you, you’ll certainly want to learn how to work those into both your interior and exterior decorating scheme.
Let’s start with the exterior of your home. Every home has a style of some sort. Before you add an inspiration glass to your home, you should figure out what style you have so everything can work well together.
Like most things, there are the extremes and then the middle of the roads, and a Tudor style or Victorian style, or log cabin home are the extremes, meaning they are very distinctive and recognizable. Then, a home with fewer distinctive details like colonials or ranch homes are the middle of the roads as far as exterior style goes.
If you have a very defined style home, or one of the extremes, you need to select your art glass very carefully so that the lines of the glass work with what is expected with that style home. However, if you have a middle of the road style home, you can pretty much do whatever you want.
Let’s take this tulip design for instance. Right away I get the feeling this would be lovely in a Victorian style home. Victorians have so much added detailing that combines curves and lines in the railings and verge board that I think the tulip design would be perfect.
You know, it has a bit of country flair to it too don’t you think? I’m sure this would be a nice choice for a country style cottage or even a ranch style home where the curved lies of the tulips can add some softness to the long horizontal line of the house.
And, I would expect, for instance, the Victorian house to be in a variety of hues in the orange and blue families. A country cottage might be in a soft peach or light blue and the ranch home could be in warm neutral beige to blend well with this particular tulip window. So I’d have to say I’m kind of particular about the color of the exterior of the home as it relates to the colors in the glass. I think those really need to make sense together.
So, this begs the question, “Would the interior color scheme of the house that has this window needs to be in orange and blue?” The answer is, “I don’t think it has to be.”
You can almost treat this decorative glass like a piece of art that you would hang on your walls. The colors in your artwork don’t have to match the colors in your room, but the artwork looks a lot better when the colors in the room at least blend nicely with it.
Let’s take a look at a variety of fabric samples that could be fabrics used in an interior room. The four don’t look anything alike, and some of them don’t even have orange or a real blue in them, but let’s see how they stack up.
I think this aqua one with the orange details could be the inspiration for a room just past this window, don’t you?
And then look at this one, this isn’t even orange, it’s a red, but it looks pretty nice as well.
Even a plain blue patterned fabric could work with this window.
But what happens when I hold up green to the window? I think it looks like the room used to be in orange and blue and now someone has changed the design of the room and forgot about the window. So the color does impact the interior of your home, but not in the way it impacts the exterior.
Now let’s take a look at the little half round window. This design is called Harmony, probably because it looks like it could go well or harmonize with just about any style home. But as we just learned, we would expect the exterior of the house to be in a soft green or light blue or even in the neutrals to blend with the colors in the glass.
I don’t know if you remember any of the color combinations information I’ve given you in the past, but you need to keep some of that in mind here as well. A neighboring color scheme is when you use three colors that are next to each other on the color wheel. So we already have blue and green, so a yellow house would also work nicely with this window. And, using that rule, a purple house should look great as well. I recommend the yellow over the purple though – but it’s up to you!
And there is another dimension to the glass that you need to consider. We’ve talked about style or pattern, color, and then there is texture. You know glass can have texture right? Here, on the glass used in the tulip design there are abstract swirls called a Taffeta design.
On our harmony window we have a texture called Glue chip which resembles ice crystals on a window in winter. And there are many other textures in glass that are put there for beauty and for function. Because, you don’t always want people to be able to see through your glass and textures block visibility without blocking out light! And that’s a good thing!
Our last example is called Vintage and we had it made in a neutral color scheme to show you that you don’t have to worry about choosing the right colors. If you like the idea of decorative glass but are uncertain about making that color decision, go with something tranquil that will blend with any color scheme on your home.
So Matt and I are thinking there is no excuse for blah entry doors and windows – when you have the power of pattern, color and texture at your fingertips!