Glass kitchen accessories

Sheila Byers Sheila Byers
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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. 

Extending the windows

MR & MRS TAYLOR'S KITCHEN: modern Kitchen by Diane Berry Kitchens
Diane Berry Kitchens

MR & MRS TAYLOR'S KITCHEN

Diane Berry Kitchens

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.

Coloured light

Glass chandelier with flowers and leaves - aqua and purple: modern Corridor, hallway & stairs by A Flame with Desire
A Flame with Desire

Glass chandelier with flowers and leaves—aqua and purple

A Flame with Desire

 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.  

A hanging bubble

Farringdon Loft Conversion: modern Living room by Matteo Bianchi Studio
Matteo Bianchi Studio

Farringdon Loft Conversion

Matteo Bianchi Studio

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.  

Displaying dishes

MR & MRS WAGMAN'S KITCHEN: modern Kitchen by Diane Berry Kitchens
Diane Berry Kitchens

MR & MRS WAGMAN'S KITCHEN

Diane Berry Kitchens

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.

Crystal clear

MARK & RACHEL'S KITCHEN: modern Kitchen by Diane Berry Kitchens
Diane Berry Kitchens

MARK & RACHEL'S KITCHEN

Diane Berry Kitchens

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.

A mix of textures

single storey extension SW London: modern Kitchen by in and out design
in and out design

single storey extension SW London

in and out design

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.  

Small details

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.

Flowers and mirrors

JOHN & RICHARD'S KITCHEN:  Kitchen by Diane Berry Kitchens
Diane Berry Kitchens

JOHN & RICHARD'S KITCHEN

Diane Berry Kitchens

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.

Do you have any glass accessories in your home? What do you think of these?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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