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5 Design Ideas to Modernize a Glass Block Wall or Window

Written by Mike Foti on . Posted in Glass Block

Modern shower with colored glass blocks

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.

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Design Idea 1Combine 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?

Multiple glass block patterns and colors for a modern look

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.

Pyramid and textured glass blocks

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.

Frosted glass block shower window for privacy

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.

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 mostly associated with glass blocks.

Modern hallway 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.


Call Innovate Building Solutions on a nationwide basis (877-668-5888) or for a local project their divisions including Columbus Glass Block (614-252-5888), Cleveland Glass Block (216-531-6363), West Side Glass Block (216-398-1020) or Mid America Glass Block (513-742-5900) of Cincinnati or Dayton and Akron (330-633-2900).

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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 (2)

  • Mike Foti


    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.


  • Jo Bailey


    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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