Glass cabinet inserts represent an perfect compromise between solid cabinetry and open shelving. They keep out dust and debris yet help to start a kitchen up and showcase striking dishware and cosmetic items. And now we have more choices than ever for choosing glass inserts — that the industry is filled with interesting textures and techniques. Below are some of the most well-known options you’ll encounter.
Good for: All kitchens, all fashions. Plain, translucent glass is a classic, fail-safe option, as well as the most widely available. Select a tempered style to guard against breakage. You can either use single flat panelsas in this kitchen, or go with ornamental mullions to enhance your kitchen’s design.
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Additionally consider… There’s no hiding anything supporting this kind of glass. You will have to be certain whatever it frames is neat and well organized, unless you’re familiar with guests getting a peek at your crumpled bags of potato chips and collection of cartoon mouse mugs. Plus, it shows smudges and fingerprints immediately. Keep the window cleaner handy.
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Good for: Modern kitchens and nonneatnik homeowners. Frosted glass, that can be blasted with sand or grit to achieve its translucent quality, lends a cool, sleek feel to a room. Since it screens the items it fronts (some better than others), you can probably get away with a stack of mismatched melamine or a jumble of tumblers. You also can have frosted glass etched with custom layouts to include one-of-a-kind style.
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Additionally consider… Frosted doesn’t mean opaque. Visitors may not be able to read the words on your own cereal box through the glassbut they are able to tell when the things on the shelves have dropped into a major mess. Dedicate a small time daily or weekly to keeping items organized.
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Good for: Eye allure. Textured glass is just what it sounds like: glass molded or embossed with a pattern for visual and tactile appeal. It can be ribbed, pebbled, grooved, beveled or patterned. It is popular not only due to the layer of attention it adds, but since it is helpful to blunt the traces of cabinet flotsam within, and it pushes smears and streaks well.
Additionally consider… With some textures, you face the danger of a dated look in the future. (Anyone remember the arbitrary, crackly patterns of the 1970s?) The simplest fashions, such as ribbed glass, are far less inclined to fall from favor.
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Good for: Vintage chic. Seeded glass, that dates back to colonial times, is pocked with tiny bubbles, which give it its title. It usually has a wavy quality too. Its hand-crafted look and old-fashioned allure make it a natural fit for cabin, Shaker and traditional kitchens.
Additionally consider… The bubbles and dots in seeded glass can be miniature, big or anything in between (authentic classic seeded glass will frequently have smaller bubbles). If you want to showcase dishware, collectibles or other cabinet contents, then go for bigger seeding. Larger bubbles can better obscure less pristine displays.
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Good for:Creating an elegant, classic feel. Leaded glass has an appealing artisanal quality, and you are able to spin its design in numerous directions, from Gothic to Craftsman. If you would prefer a hint of colour, you might even select art or stained glass especially fine in cabinetry, which places the various hues aglow.
Also contemplate … Desire the true deal?You can find antique leaded glass panels at salvage stores, flea markets and specialty retailers, and via internet suppliers.
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