Today's kitchen is a reflection of the homeowner's individual style and taste. Long gone are "trends" in decor. Trusting your own instincts and style sense can create a one-of-a-kind eclectic room that reflects your personality. One way to make the kitchen cabinets look less factory-installed is to replace some of the doors with decorative glass panels. Choices range from clear glass or textured panels to a set of custom-designed leaded glass panels. Glass panels also open up the room, making them a wonderful choice for a small bathroom.
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There are ten basic types of glass panels from which to choose. Clear glass-no design involved. Ribbed-lines of ribbing running vertically, horizontally or on the diagonal. Bevelled--angles cut into glass to form a prism effect. Bubbled-air bubbles in the glass give the panel an illusion of age. Camed-strips of metal are set between panes of glass, which may be clear or coloured. Coloured--tinted glass. Etched--design is permanently etched into the glass using abrasives. Frosted-provides an opaque look. Mullion--strips of wood set between panes of glass. Textured-different textures are added to the glass. Stained--coloured glass set into a pattern.
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In addition to giving your room some style, glass cabinet doors have a multitude of benefits. Not only do the enhance the cabinets by providing a designer accent, they also make every door an opportunity for artistic expression. Depending on your choice of glass, they can add drama, mystery, or privacy to the contents of the cabinet. They also can make your rooms look larger by opening the room up a bit, and they add light by being able to bounce a reflection off the glass.
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For obvious safety concerns, glass inserts should be used primarily on upper cabinets. Add them in moderation and mix with conventional doors to show off your collectibles or to add visual interest.
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Depending on the type of glass panel you choose, all or part of the interior of the cupboard will be on display. Consider painting the interior, or use stencils or wallpaper to add a unique design element.
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Prices of decorative glass panels vary widely. Clear, ribbed or bubbled glass is on the less expensive end of the budget spectrum, with stained, mullion and camed on the high end. Custom designs will be even more expensive, depending on the pattern and the labour involved. There are many websites available that can provide free quotes.