Glass in the home: what does that make you think of? Windows for sure, but probably also mirrors, vases and wine glasses, to name just a few everyday objects we all have around the house. Glass is such an essential material in our homes, but few of us think of it as a key feature in our kitchen designs.
Kitchens by nature are hard-working rooms. They multi-task to accommodate cooking, entertaining, domestic tasks, and often family life too. And while all of this means a kitchen must be practical, it’s possible to create a design around materials that are beautiful as well as functional. For me, this is where glass comes into it’s own.
Here are seven inspirational ways to use glass as an integral element in your kitchen design.
Many of us use our kitchens for open-plan living, dining and entertaining, but it can be tricky to manage noise levels and create ‘zones’ for each area. Glass partitions are a fantastic way to break up the space, while still retaining an open-plan feel.
Clear or semi-opaque panels are a good choice if you’d like to maintain light, or you can really make a statement with textured or printed panels, which is a clever way to introduce accent colours or tie-in with your kitchen design scheme.
Glass kitchen worktops: too fragile, right? Wrong!
Toughened glass worktops, such as those supplied by Creo Glass, are actually an extremely practical option. They’re harder than any stone, non-porous, easy to clean and heat-resistant up to 400 degrees celsius. Choosing glass worktops gives you the ability personalise the finish to match your design too; add colour, shimmer, mirror stripes, or even your own artwork.
If a contemporary kitchen is your dream design, glass-fronted cabinets are a perfect choice. Sleek and stylish, glass doors create the illusion of depth as well as a high-shine finish, which works wonders with natural light. I’d love to choose a bold colour to really ramp up the impact and create a luxurious, decadent feel.
I also love the idea of using a combination of frosted and opaque panels.
If your kitchen is separate to your dining/living area, an internal glass window can help to link the two rooms, as well as introducing more light.
This is a great option for young families as it allows you to keep an eye on the children while you’re working. I’d find this so useful in our own kitchen.
Glass splashbacks can add a really seamless finish to your kitchen design, as well as being practical when it comes to cleanups.
Unlike traditional ceramic tiles, there’s no grout to maintain and no gaps to harbour dirt. And like glass worktops, you can personalise the finish. They’re a great way to add a pop of colour to your kitchen, and I particularly love Creo’s back-lit LED option for creating a really fresh wow effect.
If you’re feeling nervous about introducing lots of glass into your kitchen, then accessories are a great way to ease yourself in gently. A glass chopping board in your accent colour is an easy way to add in some shine, or you could make a statement with wall art printed onto a glass panel. This is one of Creo Glass’s designs.
So, if you’d never considered glass in your kitchen before, now you’ve seen what it can do, would you give it a try?