Windows are probably one of the first things you think of when thinking of glass, but glass is useful for more than windows. Decorative glass paneling is a design idea used in both residential and commercial architecture, and it adds dimension, contrast, functionality, and a feeling of elegance and sophistication to many interiors and exteriors homes, offices, and retail businesses.
Using Glass Paneling in Exterior and Interior Design
Glass panels make a visually stunning and functional hand railing system, and they also help define space when used as a barrier or partial wall between spaces inside a room or office. Heavy, see-through glass paneling also creates a quieter outside area when placed to buffer sounds from a nearby noisy street or public area.
Glass Treatment Options
The surface of decorative glass paneling can be treated in a variety of ways for achieving different effects in color and texture. Acid etching of glass creates a matte surface less susceptible to glare. Acid can also be applied in a manner causing variable translucence in all or part of the pane of glass.
Decorative Uses of Glass
The surface of decorative glass panels can also be painted to add color and opacity in interior locations, and glass panes can be textured with patterns that distort and filter light while still allowing it to pass through.