Glass with class

By Doorco’s chief doork, Jeyda.

This month I’ve been focusing less on doors and more on excellent glass design within the frames. It’s been illuminating what I’ve found.

Let’s start out with one of the most common designs I’ve seen all over the country. I call this ‘Elmer the Patchwork Elephant’. The glass is cut into square or diamond geometric shapes and splashed across in vibrant colours. Sometimes it’s placed above the door, sometimes within, and each time it adds a bit of excitement to an otherwise plain door.

Much like Elmer, a multi-coloured elephant who paints himself grey in order to blend in, only to find he’s loved as his original vibrant self, this glass design is a great way of showcasing a fun personality.

When it comes to jazzy glass design, some people go all out. I love to see examples where the glass has been used to pay homage to a particular passion of the owner, or paint an entire domestic scene.

On the flip side, if you’re looking for subtle design and high levels of security (perhaps you’re undertaking some serious intelligence work or maybe just don’t want your neighbours to know you’re in), there are endless variations of frosting glass design. Your imagination is the only limit here.

When it comes to coloured glass, semi-ornate patterns with flowers or circular shapes are commonly used. While these can be striking, they often appear on older style doors and can look dated on modern numbers.

Personally, this style isn’t something I’d go for but I’d argue that it does suit the older style of door. On the modern door, the style of glass juxtaposes the chic encasement.

I’d suggest a modern door should come with an equally matching artistic design, which is something I’ve been working on in partnership with Doorco. Details to follow.

However, if you’re too indecisive to commit to a particular style, or perhaps already have doors with plain glass, here’s a little hack: take some fabric and fill your panes with that. The added bonus is that any leftovers can be used to make a stylish face mask.