Bathrooms used to be considered a functional area of the home, but now, many homeowners are choosing to transform them into a personal spa by adding glass walls, shelving, plants, and soaking tubs. In the past, you only had a few options when it came to privacy glass for bathrooms, but now, you have many more options to choose from. Let’s explore some obscured glass options for your bathroom remodel.
Acid-Etched or Sandblasted Glass
Acid etching involves adding a caustic acid or abrasive substance to the glass that removes a small layer of it. This creates a rough surface on the glass and a frosted appearance that bends the light and obscures shapes on the other side. A decorative pattern is added that can include geometric shapes, stripes, or customized designs.
There was a time when glass blocks would make your home look dated, but now, they are making a comeback, and you have many new choices available. They offer an excellent level of privacy, and prefabricated sections are available that make installation easy. You can choose from classic, wavy styles, clear ones, ice patterns, or diamonds. They can give your spa the perfect touch and allow you to enjoy privacy but still have plenty of natural light.
Smoked and Colored Glass
Smoked or colored glass does not obscure the image on the other side, but its darkened character does add a bit of privacy. Light shining through it takes on the tonal qualities of the glass, which can transform the ambiance of the space. You can choose to use colored glass for only part of the outside window for a custom design.
Switchable Privacy Glass
One of the newest innovations is switchable privacy glass that can be shifted back and forth between a clear window and an opaque one. This is a unique option for bathrooms that uses a Polymer Dispersed Liquid Crystal (PDLC) film that can be turned from an electronically controlled “off” to “on” state with the click of a button. This option allows you to have privacy when you need it and enjoy the full effect of natural light when you do not.
As you can see, you have many options available when it comes to obscure glass for your bathroom remodel. The solutions range from traditional to high-tech innovations. If you are thinking about transforming your bathroom into a spa, contact Vern’s Glass, and one of our professionals will help you choose the one that is right for you.