We generally take glass for granted. We look out through it every day and unless there is a greasy fingerprint that sticks out like a sore thumb, we don't even seem to notice it. Glass is transparent and can be rather boring when it comes to your run of the mill windows.
When you walk down some streets and look at the small panels of glass bove the front doors of some of the older properties, you may notice that they have stained glass patterns. Many people remember the stained glass windows above the door of their grannies or auntie Flo's when they were kids, but surprisingly these styles are making quite a comeback. In modern times, the only place you would expect to see a stained glass window would be in a church but the manufacturers of double glazing are making more and more stained glass designs available for domestic and even commercial properties.
Americans have become very fond of new build homes that have an older appearance with stained glass windows to finish off that 'olde worlde' look. The most popular stained glass designs are of animals, people, landscapes and abstract patterns and people just can't seem to get enough of them.
For many years the emphasis has been on large, open, plain sheets of glass for windows, particularly in double glazed units. Any design flair would be put into the frames, handles and hinges rahter than the glass itself. Then the manufacturers started to introduce horizontal upvc battens in between the two glass sheets to immitate a more traditional pane of glass. Then manufacturers and DIY enthusiasts started applying a diamond criss crossing of lead or lead strip substitute to make their ultra modern glass windows look even older. It's as if modern, clean glass windows had become something of a design no-no and everyone was trying to turn the clock back at least a century.
Nowadays their seems to be a good mix of the old glass designs and the new and sometimes a combination of the two. Many glass manufacturers are producing textured glass windows, patterned glass window and even tinted colour glass windows, the choice seems to be endless.
A new housing estate that was built very recently in Hertfordshire opted for a modern twist on the stained glass window panel above the front door. They fitted a stained glass and textured panel that stood the full height of the door, that also incorporated a letter box. Needless to say, some of the residents have now replaced this glass panel with a upvc or a wooden one, but then you never could please all the people all the time.
Like the stained glass windows that have made a return, glass has become hugely popular as a building material and as a decorative medium on the modern home and office.
Back in the sixties and seventies, the in thing was Formica®, this was smooth, shiny and wipe clean and considered to be ultra modern. The term Formica® refers to a New Zealand company's classic product, a heat resistant, plastic laminate of paper or fabric with a melamine resin.
Formica® would frequently be used by the DIYer to cover the kitchen cupboard doors, worktops, splashbacks, chairs, tables and probably even the pet dog if it stayed still long enough. There seemed to be no limit for its uses and best of all, it came in all the colours of the rainbow.
No wonder it was so popular, after all, what other material is smooth, heat resistant, hygienic, colourful and versatile? In a word, Glass! The only reason glass wasn't used nack then was because the tempering or strengthening processes were not very good and the glass would be unstable and easily broken. Today though, glass is a fantastic material for making a house feel like a very modern home. Glass can last for many years and indefinately if it is looked after properly.
There is literally no limit to the uses for glass in the modern home. Glass makes fantastic work surfaces in kitchens, a glass worktop is supremely hygienic. Glass is rapidly replacing the old favourites like tiles for kitchen splashbacks as there are no grout lines or joins to become stained with cooking splashes. In fact, nowadays we can have pretty much anything made from glass.
Some of the glass ornaments that can be displayed around the home are amazingly inventive. A simple tap with a flowing glass water cascade as the stand is pretty quirky but is likely to become a talking point amongst your visitors, and when these are displayed on glass shelves they look even more spectacular.
Some outlets are even selling glass chairs and beds now. Clearly you still have upholstered fabric or leather covers, cushions and mattresses for comfort, but they seem to be selling like hot cakes at the moment.
So no matter what look you are trying to create, remember that glass can play a vital role in bringing the past, present or future to your home or office design. Glass is clean, hygienic and makes the most of the natural light that comes in through the sky light or the windows. When you start to play with colours and textures in glass, you open up a whole new world of possibilities.
Whatever it is you want to achieve, when it comes to glass splashbacks, we will be happy to discuss your requirements and help you find a solution.
Put simply, a glass splashback is very smooth and hygienic, making them a far superior alternative to traditional tiles. Even though the majority of tiles are glazed to a glass like finish, the grout lines are a major pain to keep clean and will discolour badly in a relatively short period of time.
Take a look at the picture on the right and imagine what it would be like to let that dog into your house, this is every dog owners nightmare!
The summer is now over and we are into the early autumn months, so we have many months of potentially wet and muddy pets coming in and out of our houses. Even during the summer months dogs will frequently roll around on the dry ground, picking up dust in their coat. When it rains, this dust turns back to mud ready to be shaken all over your walls and furniture.
We all know what it's like to come home after a hard days graft, only to be faced with a wall full of filthy tiles that need cleaning. It's a tough job at the best of times, but when the grime has found its way into the grout, it can rapidly become a nightmare.
So you've watched loads of cooking programmes and have looked through endless brochures, but how are you going to achieve that extra special, unique finishing touch to your decor? The answer is clear!
Are you looking for something just that little bit different for your new kitchen? To have something that will really put the top hat on your kitchen design will need to be a bit more than some fancy ceramic tiles!
Glass splashbacks have a number of advantages over the alternatives when it comes to covering and protecting the walls of your kitchen or bathroom. Installing glass splashbacks in the home is a reasonably new development, but already they are fast proving to be the preferred choice by many people. The glass splashback is a very attractive alternative to wooden cladding or ceramic tiles and the people who are discovering it are ralising how glass can become such a beautiful medium for covering a wall.
Should you be thinking seriously about having a new kitchen fitted, you will need to consider what wall coverings are going to compliment the units. So many people will try to copy what the kitchen showroom had done with the display kitchen, only to wish they had excercised a little more imagination when the job was finished.
We all need a splash of colour to brighten up our lives and what better way to achieve this than having a beautiful coloured glass splashback fitted professionally by Splashbacks of Distinction.
A clear glass splashback can look pretty amazing but a coloured one just seems to have a certain je ne sais quoi about it. There are so many different colours to choose from and we can supply swatches to help our clients make up their mind before they commit to a definite choice.
Glass splashbacks are by far the best way to really modernise and brighten up your kitchen or bathroom. Years ago you had the bewildering array of tiles of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. The one thing that all tiles have in common is that they all need to be grouted onto the wall. This grout can look untidy unless you have the tiles fitted by a professional and they are a magnet for harmful bacteria.
Every so often we all need to think about a spot of decorating around the house. It may be that all that's required is a lick of paint, a sheet or two of new wallpaper or a new floor covering. On the other hand it may be the long overdue task of replacing a kitchen, bathroom or totally revamping your living space. But where do you start?
We have all heard people say that you could eat your dinner off the floor as it is so clean, but did you realise that the kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. Quite frightening considering all the family meals are prepared there.
We would all like a new fitted kitchen! It's that time of year when we start to take stock and notice all those little jobs that need doing around the home. The kitchen is the one room in any home that is used on a regular basis and the one that probably takes the most punishment. Heat, grease and grime build up without even the cleanest of cooks noticing. The worktops, walls and ceilings start to lose there clean look and become dull and dirty. It's not until you thoroughly clean an area that you really notice just how grimy your kitchen has become. Now could be the perfect time to consider doing something about it.
One of the things that many homeowners dream about is having a new fitted kitchen installed. The kitchen has frequently been described as the heart of any house and so many seem to spend an awful lot of time in them. Some may like to potter about testing out new dishes to tempt their friends and families taste buds, whereas others see the kitchen as a sanctuary to get away from the kids.
If you have you have been trying to decide whether to make the change from a shower curtain to a shower door or shower enclosure made from toughened glass, Splashbacks of Distinction are here to help.
If you have ever had to fix new tiles, repair, replace or even clean the grouting in the existing tiles in a shower enclosure, you will know just what a pain it can be! Having a sparkling new toughened glass shower enclosure is certainly a great investment to make, but why not go all out and have the walls of the enclosure covered in glass too?
Have you ever looked through home design magazines or watched some television makeover shows and envied the beautiful results they achieve? There is one room in a house that is often overlooked for a makeover and it happens to be the smallest room in the house, the bathroom!
Glass is a wonderful medium to use in the home and can look particularly stunning in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Like Splashbacks of Distinctions coloured kitchen splashbacks, we can also provide you with the same superior quality toughened safety glass for bathrooms and showers. Glass shower splashbacks are so easy to clean using glass cleaner, they will not have the mould issues you get with tiles that have been grouted. Glass splashbacks are not limited to the shower either, depending on your budget they can be used to create stunning glass feature walls.
Juliet balconies were named after the famous balcony scene from Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. The shallow balcony is designed to provide a decorative safety barrier in front of French windows.
Glass balustrades are a very popular architectural glazing design feature on so many projects around the home. Glass balustrades create a clear, clean and modern yet strong safety barrier to keep you and yours safe from harm, whilst improving and updating your home.
Stairs are an obvious structural centrepiece of any home, so the way they look is vital. An untidy, tired and old fashioned staircase will make an instant negative first impression on visitors, and can even lower the value of your home should it be on the market.
Balustrades have been used in buildings for many years. Internal and external balustrades support staircases, balconies, and provide much needed safety and security. We have developed a wide range of glass balustrades to enhance your property. As a result, our glass balustrades have become extremely popular with our clients, maybe because they have so many benefits.
There is an exciting new look available for your staircase! Toughened glass balustrades look absolutely fabulous and lift a home into a new dimension.
Locating a mirror in the correct place in a room allows you to maximise and make the most of the natural light. Placing the mirror close to a window will catch the angle of light and bounce it throughout the room.
When it comes to choosing the right mirror to fit in with your home or office decor, Splashbacks of distinction are confident that we could manufacture and fit the mirror to suit your own individual requirements.
It could be argued that we are all more obsessed with our appearance than we would like to admit. But is this really an indication of vanity? A vain person is meant to be conceited and have excessive pride in their appearance. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about ones appearance, as this is quite normal and understandable. In fact, studies have shown that attractive people have distinct advantages over less attractive people in our society.
We all take them for granted! We brush our teeth, comb our hair, shave and check out how we look in them every day, but we rarely think about the impact a mirror actually has on our lives.
We all have shelves! Some are to display the odd ornament or curiosity, whereas others have a more specific use for must have or regularly used appliances around the home. Whatever they are for, shelves are a commonplace part of any home or office space. Shelves help us to organise our belongings by providing spaces for functional or decorative use and they prevent work surfaces from becoming cluttered with everyday stuff.
We all have certain items that we want to put on display. It may be an assortment of nic nacs that we have collected over the years, our favourite books or an heirloom that was passed down from a previous generation. Whatever the display item is, the chances are that we will be displaying them on a shelf of some kind. The question is, what type of shelf do we choose to compliment not just the display item, but the rest of the interior of our home?
Shelves are an integral part of virtually every home and office up and down the country. They are a very functional way of making use of walls for storage when one may not want, or be able to use the floor.
Here at Splashbacks of Distinction we make the most out of glass by crafting it into so much more. We have all manner of shelves, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, shower enclosures and screens and we even have glass balustrades to take the place of those traditional wooden spindles should the mood take you. But what else can glass really be used for?
People have always had an intense interest in glass. Glass for the table, glass for the windows and even glass for some ornaments, but glass for a wider range of uses around the home or office, surely not!
The marked increase in interest of glass around the home seems to have started back in 1949, when the 'The Glass House' or 'Johnson house' was built in Connecticut, USA. It was designed by Philip Johnson as his own weekend residence and was made predominantly of toughened glass. It has been said that in a house of glass, the views of the landscape are its wallpaper.
We all want our homes to have a unique appearance, because nobody wants their living space to be exactly the same as their friends and neighbours. Sadly this is easier said than done! Think about it, the majority of your friends and neighbours will buy their furniture from the local furniture store and the wallpaper, lamps and flooring are likely to be sourced from the same local DIY shop that you use. This is not to say they will choose exactly the same decor as you, but the chances of it happening are pretty good. So if you want something really different, think glass!
Glass has held a fascination for so many people over the centuries. No other material allows such a wide variety of products to be made that actually appear to change depending on the intensity of the light that shines upon it.
Glass really is an eyecatching medium, and at the same time it is a very functional material to be used as a splashback in the kitchen, bathroom or to highlight a display somewhere else in the home or office. Glass is naturally a very hygenic material as it is not porous so no bacteria can be left on its surface once properly cleaned. But why stop in the kitchen though, the bathroom is another part of the home that can easily be enhanced, come to think of it, anywhere you want colour, design and an easy clean surface can benefit from a toughened glass splashback.
Toughened glass, as its name would suggest, is glass material that has been made much tougher than ordinary glass. Toughened glass are much stronger varieties and are used in various constructions, these can be residential or commercial constructions. The actual strength of toughened glass is up to five times more than that of annealed glass, (see below for an explanation of the annealing process). Toughened glass is not only used for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, it is also used to manufacture lots of glassware and these products are comparatively safer and offer far more durability.
Some people mistakenly believe that toughened glass is unbreakable, it may be very tough, but it can still be broken. Remember though, if products made of toughened glass are handled in the correct way, there is no reason why they shouldn't last for a lifetime.
If you wanted to eat your dinner from a clean surface, you might want to eat it in your bathroom. This may sound like a ridiculous thing to say when you consider what the smallest room in the house is used for, but read on!
Not all that long ago, people seemed to be going out of their way to get away from wood in and around their home, but instead of going the whole hog, they seemed to opt for wood effect materials, from worktops to flooring. Even shelves and furniture was either veneered or printed to make it look like wood.
Do you want the modern touch that glass brings. Splashbacks of Distinction can advise you what glass additions to your home will not only be functional, look amazing, but what could actually compliment and even enhance your existing traditional furniture.
Glass splashbacks are the product that Splashbacks of Distinction know all about. We have transformed so many homes with our glass splashbacks and seem to get most of our new customers from referrals. All too often we see that people have bought one of the 'off the shelf' glass splashbacks and have never been happy with the quality or fit, that's where we come in.
Having a glass splashback fitted is a fantastic way of brightening up your kitchen, bathroom or living area. They are hygienically clean and come in a wonderfully varied range of textures and colour finishes. To add to the versatility of this product, Splashbacks of Distinction are now able to offer a fantastic new service to our customers, the incorporation of high resolution images into any glass splashback!
The Ral colour system, is a series of systems used to match certain colours in paint. The system is designed to help when you need to choose paint colours, it's effectively a swatch system.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
Splashbacks of Distinction is the trading name of RDC Glass Ltd