News from the Block, Innovate Building Solutions Blog
News from the Block, Innovate Building Solutions Blog
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block
Bathroom, Kitchen, Basement Design & Remodeling Ideas for the Nicest Home or Business on the Block

5 Design Ideas to Modernize a Glass Block Wall or Window

Modern shower with colored glass blocks

Updated February 23, 2019

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. This is not your Grandfathers glass blocks (or your Fathers Oldsmobile anymore). The article below will show you 5 design ideas to modernize a glass block wall or window which will you cause to pause about your thoughts of this as an outdated building material.

Design Idea 1 with glass blockscombining 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? In this project 4″ x 8″  in a clear wavy pattern where combined with colored blocks in a teal 8″ x 8″ size. Its also interesting how the blocks over the doorway seem to ‘float in space.’ The color of the glass was chosen to match with the Catalina tile you’ll see on the inside wall of the shower. This is certainly not a ‘generic’ shower.

Multiple glass block patterns and colors for a modern look
A colored and glass block shower wall in a small bathroom in San Diego California

Design Idea 2 with glass blocks using 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. This is the same type of unit you’ll see in an eclectic boutique chic hotel like “The W” – don’t you think?

Pyramid and textured glass blocks with a projecting 3D design
These pyramid glass blocks not only move light between interior (or exterior) spaces – they also DEMAND attention!

Design Idea 3 with glass blocks– 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, bring light through and make your bathroom or bedroom private. In the projects below frosted glass blocks add privacy, yet move light through this stairwell in a bathroom separation wall.

Frosted glass block stairwell in a modern home- Innovate Building Solutions
Frosted glass block stairwell
Bathroom walls with frosted and clear glass blocks
Bathroom wall using finished double end with a frosted glass block


Design Idea 4 with glass blocks – 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.

Piet Mondrian modern colored glass block window in Columbus Ohio - Innovate Building Solutioions
A Piet Mondrian modern colored glass block window

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 often associated with glass blocks. This  modernistic installation in a purple color has a WOW affect.

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Modern hallway with glass blocks
A modern hallway with a purple glass block wall and a brushed chrome screening system


Has any of these 5 designs changed your opinion about using glass blocks in your home or business? Did we inspire you, or do you still the material as a wacky idea? I’d love to hear your thoughts below.


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Mike Foti

President of Innovate Building Solutions a nationwide supplier and regional (Cleveland and Columbus) remodeling contractors. Some of our product lines include glass counters, floors, backsplashes, glass blocks and grout free shower and tub wall panels

Comments (4)

  • Bryan – I’m not really sure if the process you’re suggesting will work since no one on my team has tried it. Usually the frost finish on glass blocks is created either through sandblasting or acid etching. Mike

  • I really appreciate the frosting effect idea! I wonder if this could be applied to existing glass brick installations, with careful application of a wire/nylon wheel to the brick?

  • Jo – we can help you by shipping our Protect All Glass Block window system (either framed or unframed) direct to you in South Carolina. We can then assist your local contractor with their installation questions. Feel free to call us at 877-668-5888 so we can answer any other questions you have.

  • We live in the Hilton Head, SC area and are very much wanting to use glass blocks to replace a window above the tub. Do you have anyone in this area?

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