Yes – I’ve heard the arguments that glass blocks are dated or that they are an “80’s” product – but I’m not sure people who make this claim are aware of how this material has evolved. The article below will explore 5 design ideas to modernize a glass block wall or window which are unique to this modular glass building material.
• Design Idea 1 – Combine different patterns and sizes – Mixing up sizes, patterns and even colors can be fun, eclectic and cool! Why limit a glass block layout to stacking one block on top of another?
• Design Idea 2 – Use textured glass blocks – Adding texture and depth to a design can provide more interest for a shower wall, bathroom window, kitchen backsplash or partition wall. Newly introduced textured mosaic and pyramid shaped blocks (which literally pop out of a wall) can make a unique statement.
• Design Idea 3 – Frosting is not just for cakes! – While frosting is sweet on a cake a frosted surface on a glass block wall or window can add subtle sophistication while simultaneously enhancing privacy. In the project below this cinnamon colored frosted glass block shower window provides a cool look while maintaining the modesty desired by the homeowners.
• Design Idea 4 – Combining modern art, color and even a “caming” effect – If you’re a fan of Piet Mondrian (considered by many the father of modern art) you’re going to love this idea. Using colored glass blocks in the Mondrian color palette and a black grout joint (to mimic a caming effect) transformed this room with fun colored lights and a modernistic design look.
• Design Idea 5 – See through design for a crisp, contemporary look – Non-patterned (see-through) glass blocks provide a cleaner look than the obscure type patterns mostly associated with glass blocks.
Has any of these 5 designs changed your opinion about the applicability of glass blocks in today’s marketplace? Please comment below or call us with questions or for design inspiration.
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