||The decorative glass
industry has made many strides in the past five years,
with new trends constantly emerging as technology and
styles continue to advance. Some of the most exciting
trends that have taken hold of the decorative glass
industry include color, texture, and the incorporation
of digital imagery.
Trends in decorative glass go hand in hand with trends
in design. In recent years, color has become increasingly
popular in design for buildings, public spaces, office
spaces, and other areas where decorative glass is common.
Thus, a need for glass that is infused with color has
Back-painted glass is is one popular method for achieving
color in glass. Back-painted glass has excellent aversion
to weathering because the color is actually contained
behind the glass. Back-painted glass offers a wide range
of customization offerings, which mean that it’s
possible to use this type of colorful glass in a variety
of spaces. In addition to being highly customizable
and resistant to weathering, back-painted glass is also
very easy to maintain.
In today’s market, a balance between modern and
timeless has the hold on the design industry. Texture
has emerged as a signature method for customization
of a space with decorative glass. Textured decorative
glass offers layers of intrigue to a space while remaining
fairly neutral and functional. 3D patterns, for example,
because they are shaped differently at different points,
tend to distort light as it passes through glass, creating
an interesting visual. However, textured glasses do
allow light to pass through, making this product an
excellent option for a space where natural light is
to be embraced while there is still a desire for something
interesting by way of design.
Texture also has the capability to allow for privacy
within a space while allowing light to pass through.
Textured glass that has a level of visual obstruction
is perfect for an office space where there may not be
too many windows, where privacy needs to be maintained,
and where despite walls, doors, and glass windows between
spaces, people are working relatively close to one another.
Incorporation of Digital Imagery
As technology has advanced, so has the incorporation
of digital imagery onto decorative architectural glass.
In the past decade, a variety of advanced methods for
using customized digital imagery on glass have emerged.
It is now possible to print high-quality images onto
glass, making virtually any digitally designed customization
possible. Various companies offer such services in a
range of quality, going from 720 DPI all the way up
to 1440 DPI. In addition, screen printing onto glass
is a popular method for infusing glass with brilliant
In addition to the exciting methods above, designers
are also using trends such as custom lamination for
glass, glass flooring, and switchable glass to achieve
advanced designs using glass. These new design trends
are taking architectural decorative glass to places
it’s never been before, creating breathtaking
results in a wide range of types of spaces.