We spend a lot of time in our kitchens, cooking, chatting and sitting around the table, and so, ideally we want the space to feel airy and cheerful. Using glass accessories can brighten the décor, while adding a sense of style and sophistication. In addition to being easy to clean, which can be very important in the kitchen, glass allows the maximum amount of light to pass through the room, making even the smallest spaces feel more open.
This glass counter top echoes the texture of the windows behind, and helps to extend the natural light into the cooking area; a trick that can be particularly useful in dark or enclosed kitchen spaces. The glass is situated so that it creates a separate eating space on the kitchen island. Its slightly off-centre alignment adds a modern, funky touch, that makes the whole space feel more contemporary.
Glass chandeliers have been a classic in kitchens and dining rooms for years, but the unique design of this piece updates the tradition. Kitchens are often decorated in neutral shades like white, and glass accessories can be the perfect way to bring in a pop of colour, especially if they filter coloured light throughout the whole room.
This hanging chair may not be technically designed for the kitchen, but one of the perks of glass accessories is that they are incredibly versatile. Because the chair is transparent, we can see through into the room behind, making it a good choice if you want to add seating without sacrificing the sense of openness.
Decorating with glass accessories can give you the perfect opportunity to show off the unique pieces that you already own. You may not get to use those bright, crystal wine goblets very often, but placed on high shelves under a display light, they can become the focal point of the whole kitchen. In this room, simple, minimalist cabinets and counter tops become much more interesting by the addition of sparkling, glass jewels.
This glass tabletop allows us to see through to the elegant, industrial design of the table below. In addition, the glass keeps keeps the table from feeling bulky, despite its large size. If you want to fit in a large table without sacrificing light (or keep your children from feeding the dog under the table!), a design like this may be the solution.
In this kitchen, the glass bar stools are the perfect compliment to the wooden breakfast bar and painted cabinets. The mix of materials adds a sense of texture and eclecticism to the kitchen. Their slight hint of colour works well with the green shades in the kitchen and gives the glass a depth that keeps it from feeling too delicate next to the solid cherry of the bar.
Sometimes it's the smallest details that make the room. These glass door knobs could add a cheerful, whimsical quality to any room. As shown in the picture, it can be fun to mix and match styles or colours to achieve a more eclectic look.
The kitchen is always a nice room in which to display flowers, and this over-sized urn makes the flowers a part of the décor. The arrangement is reflected in another glass detail in this kitchen: the use of a mirror as a splash back. Viewed together, the impression is one of a large, open room full of plants—a lovely place to cook and invite guests.
For more inspiration, have a look at these kitchen designs ideas.