Decorating With Glass

From pendant lighting to a feature wall and decorative items around the home, a cluster of glass has never looked so good! Shaynna Blaze shows us how.

Bright idea

When it comes to choosing lighting, glass is an obvious choice but we often only think about hanging one pendant or light fixture in the centre of each room. If you want your lighting to become a real feature of the room, then consider grouping glass pendants together for much more impact.

This works especially well in an entrance foyer or over the landing of a staircase where lighting can become a real focal point of an otherwise bare space.

And of course pendant lighting is great over dining tables or in the corner of a room, with pendants hung in a cluster dropping from the ceiling at different heights. Grouping them together in odd numbers, such as sets of three or five (or more), looks best.

The work of master glassmaker, artist and designer, Mark Douglass (yes it’s his real surname!) is a great example of how to do this really well. 


Photo Credit: Mark Douglass Design


The shapes he creates have a lovely organic profile, like the Pebble pendant or Vino pendant, which takes the shape of an inverted wine glass. They are made for hanging together in various sizes and colours.

Due to the intricate process of heating, blowing, shaping and cooling, no two glass pendants will ever be the same so they really are works of art in their own right.

Mark’s advice for decorating with glass pendants is to use different scales within a family of similar designs. “Within these clusters you have a range of colour palettes - It is always good to have a base in either bronze or smoked grey, providing a great backdrop to be able to use a highlight colour or a combination of colours,” he says.

“Depending on the interior, red and orange as a highlight colour seem to fit well with lighter woods or light marble interiors, whereas dustier colour palettes like aubergine and steel blue suit a broader range of spaces."

Wall to wall

When it comes to decorative glass windows, the main trend in the past has been leadlight stained glass windows commonly seen in older style homes such as Californian Bungalows or Art Deco apartment blocks.

However coloured glass can become a striking feature of modern homes. The interior design of hotels and restaurants often pushes the boundaries of design so it also provides great inspiration for unusual ways to use coloured glass at home.

I particularly like the use of different shaped and coloured glass panels along the front wall of Pony Dining in Sydney’s Neutral Bay. oto credit: Pony Dining, Neutral Bay


Photo Credit: Pony Dining, Neutral Bay

There’s no reason you couldn’t do something similar in the home (perhaps not quite as large) in areas such as a stairwell or at the end of a hallway. A frosted or textured coloured glass wall could also work well in a windowless bathroom to allow light to come in while still maintaining privacy. It’s an alternative to a painted glass wall (similar to a kitchen splashback) that is popular in bathrooms at the moment. 

Decorative details

When it comes to table or hanging decorations using glass, think outside the square. Everyday glass items like vases, jars, bottles and bowls can be used to create refreshingly different centrepieces or decorative features.

Filling standard sized vases with fresh flowers can get expensive, so using smaller glass vessels grouped together with a flower stem or small posy in each is a great money saver that also looks great.

The key is to group together these similar items to create a ‘collection’ which has a lot more impact than items scattered around the place on their own. Place them together inside a large glass vase or bowl or on a glass tray or platter to keep them all together. This idea also works well with different perfume bottles. Displaying them together on a glass or crystal plate or tray will create a lovely decorative feature for a dressing table or beside. 

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Posted by Shaleigh4Report
I love this. I have a collection of glass ornaments and bottles and I have been trying to do something with. Thanks Shaynna. Love SHA by the way :D