Glass Houses: Using Glass as a Key Element in Your Home

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We all know the old saying about glass houses and throwing stones – clearly a metaphor, right? Well, with modern technology being what it is, you never know when the metaphorical might become reality, and such is the case with glass houses. But you don’t have to go all in and live inside a literal box of glass to enjoy and appreciate the décor innovations that glass can bring. Let’s take a look at a few of them.

Metaphor Made Real

If you are indeed ready to go all in, it seems you can build and live in a glass house. The house pictured above was designed to be built with thick panes of industrial glass, allowing it to hold up under the weight of a heavy snowfall. Just remember to be careful if you plan to throw any stones!

Glass Houses- Using Glass as a Key Element in Your Home on the Interior CollectiveImage: ArchDaily

Skylight Supreme

If you’re not entirely sure that an all glass house is for you, but you long for more *cough* exposure *cough* to the world around you, something like the fully-glazed ceiling in the bathroom shown above may just do the trick. In combination with the translucent materials used for the walls and floor, this space feels dreamlike and would make for a terrific escape from the every day world.

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Subtle Staircase

Now here’s a real sleight-of-hand: constructing a glass staircase that almost seems invisible. It’s a great idea if you’re looking to minimize the visual impact on your space and it also shows off a modern aesthetic.

Glass Houses- Using Glass as a Key Element in Your Home on the Interior CollectiveImage: Just the Design

Sense of Space

Using sliding glass partitions as walls can provide a sense of individual spaces within a large open loft-type home. It can give some buffering against sound travelling from room to room as well. The fact that this glass décor also brings elegance to the rooms is a wonderful bonus.

Are you beginning to see yourself in a house that is at least partially made of glass?

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Dave Hime, founder/curator of JapaneseTrash.com, has been an interior design addict for as long as he can remember. In 2005, he bought a house-in-progress and missed several opportunities to have an influence on his own home decor–leaving him wanting more. With design heroes such as Blake Dollahite (ruraltheory.com) and Robert & Cortney Novogratz (thenovogratz.com), Dave began seeking out online resources that would exemplify the interior design practices he's most drawn to: using color, texture and simple materials well. Bringing all of this together, along with his specific focus on providing interior design inspiration from a man's point of view, is Dave's mission: masculine design.