Guest post today by :Shahab Shokouhi
just love the idea of getting a second chance at life – a do-over, if you will?
very nature of upcycling embraces the philosophy that just because something
ceases to serve the same purpose it started out serving, that doesn't mean it
should be doomed to a useless existence from that point forward!
new world of possibilities that comes with incorporating recycled glass into
your home décor. Whether adding the finishing touches to your kitchen or
bathroom, recycled glass countertops and tiles provide a way for you to put
your style stamp on your home and do your part for the environment in a single
Here are some
of the creative options at your disposal for giving glass a second chance at
life in your home décor.
If you are
just learning about the decorating trend of using recycled glass as a building
material, you might think your only option would be "clear" glass.
Fortunately, that couldn't be further from the truth!
consider how glass comes in virtually every color of the rainbow, you start to
realize just how open your options are in terms of color palettes. And this
potential for customization is one of the benefits of using recycled glass in
your décor. If you can imagine it, someone out there can turn it into the
countertop or tile backsplash of your dreams.
glass countertops are made up of anywhere from 70-90% pre- and post-consumer
glass products (the glass itself is 100% recycled) and a binding agent (usually
a cement base) plus sealant coating (like resin).
beverage bottles, jars, mirrors, decommissioned traffic lights, auto glass and
windows from residences and commercial buildings, the recycled glass bits and
shards are as varied in their origination sources as they are in their color
how much you are looking to spend, you can purchase a completely unique countertop
with a pre-determined color scheme (running anywhere from about $50-$125 per
square foot) or you can commission your own color mix that will cost you more
but contain precisely the color quotas you dictate.
color quotas, if you are looking for more of a taste-specific style choice,
iridized recycled glass mosaic tiles might be just the thing for you. This
design embraces virtually every hue of the rainbow which makes picking a
complementary accent color a pretty simple task: anything goes!
If you want
that iridescent sheen but more of a subtle color palette, consider a sublime
scheme of white and tan, interwoven with gold metallic flecks:
some of the tiles appear to have a Mother of Pearl finish and pops of pink
sparkle? Bonus texture and flair!
sheet of pre-mounted mosaic tiles takes the guesswork out of a DIY
installation. Simply purchase the appropriate number of sheets to cover your
wall space and wave goodbye to the days of trying to achieve a perfectly spaced
grout line: these come with them already built-in so you get a smooth,
consistent width throughout.
By opting for
a more traditional subway tile laid out in a brick pattern on the pre-mounted
sheets, you can keep the ease of installation without sacrificing that classic
One of the
quickest and least expensive updates you can do to a room like the kitchen or
bathroom – and even to outdated furniture that needs a bit of sprucing up – is
replacing the hardware on doors and drawers.
glass door pulls, knobs and handles can add just the right amount of elegance
and sophistication without going overboard. Try to envision "understated
royalty" and avoid "gaudy and ridiculous" when selecting your
glass hardware and you can find the delicate balance between standing out and
ways have you seen recycled glass incorporated into home décor?
Shokouhi is a glass design expert at Dulles Glass and Mirror, an innovative
manufacturer of glass table tops, glass shelves, and all other glass and mirror
products. Follow Dulles Glass and Mirror on Pinterest or on YouTube to see how they're changing the way glass products are
manufactured, customized and delivered.
Thanks so much Shahob! Now I'm inspired to do a tiling project :)
Until next time,
w&c designer girl!