5 Ways to Enhance Your Walk-in Closet with Glass
Ask people who are serious about their wardrobes and they’ll tell you their ideal walk-in closet design is more like a dressing room than a closet. Treating your closet like a room opens the door to all kinds of exciting features and materials, with decorative glass being at the top of the list.
There are many ways to incorporate mirror and decorative glass into your walk-in closet. We’ve seen some fantastic elements in our work with custom walk-in closets and these are our top five:
- Wall backing. Large mirrors create a dramatic effect as a wall backing behind closet organization units. This is especially helpful as a beautiful way to bring in more light into your closet.
- Cabinet doors and door inserts. Adding glass inserts to closet cabinetry doors both protects fine-quality items and adds a decorative focal point. We love reeded glass for its timeless appeal. Also, amber crackle glass has a rich, opulent effect for high style master closets and dressing rooms. Another option is modern-looking glass doors with beveled or polished edges.
- Shoe and handbag shelves. Glass shelves have taken off in bathrooms, entertainment rooms and kitchens. It’s time to bring them into your closet! Good-quality tempered glass shelves provide a display opportunity for fine shoes, handbags and jewelry; they are a very popular trend in modern closet design. Because they are transparent, glass shelves seem to “float” within the closet and help keep the look clean and sophisticated.
- Vanity mirror. Mirrors are most often used in their traditional function as a tool for getting dressed. Closet systems that have a built-in dresser or bank of drawers offer the perfect spot for a display area that is topped with a simple or a beveled mirror. But don’t limit yourself to one area; you can use a wall near a doorway or in another narrow space that doesn’t fit cabinetry and create a dramatic full-length mirror.
- Countertop surfacing. Glass is the top pick for incredible-looking countertop and work surfaces in today’s stylish homes. Choose from a huge variety of colors and textures to enhance a vanity top or an island. Another option is to create a design with a glass inlay, combining glass with wood, Formica, RTF or other materials.
What Glass Adds to a Closet
Although a closet functions perfectly well without all of the extras if it’s designed properly, incorporating glass can be a smart decision and here’s why:
- Glass offers a transparent (or semi-transparent) protection for your wardrobe;
- A wide range of glass options, such as colored, frosted, sandblasted and textured, allows a stylish integration with other design elements in the home;
- Glass shelves, door inserts and mirrors allow more light into the closet;
- A little bit of glass goes a long way; use it in touches to accent only your very finest things
Take cues from your home and carry them through to your closet. Do you own a treasured Mission-style sideboard with reeded glass cabinet door inserts? Add similar cabinet doors in your master walk-in closet. Is your master bathroom outfitted with sculptural glass vessel sinks? Consider a modern touch of glass for your shoe shelves or one eye-catching double-door cabinet with an urban frosted glass insert.
The useful and aesthetic qualities of glass within a closet design are hard to overestimate. Dollar for dollar, glass is an affordable enhancement for your closet that you will enjoy morning after morning, day after day.
BY ERIKA KOTITE, CONTENT DIRECTOR, CLOSET FACTORY
Erika Kotite joined Closet Factory, a national custom closet company founded in 1983, after spending many years in consumer magazine editorial. As national content director, Erika shares Closet Factory’s expertise in designing innovative organizational systems through articles and video. Formerly senior editor of Entrepreneur, Erika moved to interior design to become editor-in-chief of Romantic Homes and Victorian Homes. Her writing has appeared in Cottages & Bungalows, Old House Interiors, Orange Coast, Food52, Romantic Country, San Francisco Business Journal and Yum for Kids. She is fascinated by the many ways to “boutique” your closet; but that’s another story.
Customer Submission: Custom Bathroom Mirror (PHOTO)
From: John C.
Sent: Monday, September 02, 2013 1:20 PM
Subject: Thanks for a job well done!
I just wanted to pass on a picture of the custom mirror you delivered and installed on Friday. It worked out perfectly!
Please recognize the installer crew (Alex and Victor) for a job well done!
Also, I forget the name of the gentleman who measured, but he must have done a good job of measuring to achieve such a good fit.
Thanks for the kind words, from our happy customer John C. To order a custom bathroom mirror, visit our mirrors page. Dulles Glass and Mirror is proud to provide custom bathroom mirror installation services throughout the greater Washington DC Metro Area. For the complete list of cities, please visit our service area page.
Dulles Glass and Mirror’s Glass Handrails Featured on NBC4 Washington (VIDEO)
Today is the first day of school, and we are happy to announce that Dulles Glass and Mirror was granted a chance to play a role in the installation of glass handrails at the brand new Wakefield High School in Arlington, Virginia. This newly opened high school boasts a lot of architectural glass for added light and spaciousness, and even glass solar panels for energy efficiency. We wanted to take this opportunity to wish the best of luck to local school children starting off the school year; while sharing with you the Dulles Glass and Mirror glass handrails as seen in this NBC4 news segment:
Customer Submission: Custom Plane Engine Glass Table Top! [PHOTO]
It’s always interesting the ways our customers create totally new and creative furniture designs using glass table tops. In the past, we showed you a pictorial of a Jeep engine, turned glass table top. Here is the latest customer submission from our friend Bob Perkins, which shows what a Jacobs Aircraft plane engine table top looks like! We imagine this is one of the most lavish custom table tops ever created, as who can deny its awe-inspiring uniqueness!
If you need a custom table top fully customized all from the comfort of you home, that’s where we come in. Just visit our glass table tops page to get started. And when you have an amazing DIY table top, email us the photos and we’ll feature them here! (submissions: info [at] dullesglassandmirror.com)
Close-up of Jacobs Aircraft Engine Glass Table
Dulles Glass and Mirror’s Glass Shelf Kits Featured in September 2013 Issue of Martha Stewart Living
Click images to view zoomed. Dulles Glass & Mirror’s Glass Shelf Kits — “As Seen in Martha Stewart Living Magazine.”
Dulles Glass and Mirror has been featured in this September’s issue of Martha Stewart Living (on newsstands August 19th). Please pick up a copy and go to page 141 to see some interesting home design ideas, including our affordable glass shelf kits. The Martha Stewart feature also delves into how to re-purpose items you may already have around the house.
Whether you’re looking for rectangular glass shelf kits, corner glass shelf kits, u-shaped, z-shaped, or glass shelves with made with unique glass types, we have you covered on our glass shelf kits page.
If you can’t find the glass shelf that perfectly fits your cupboard or space, there is always the option to customize a glass shelf to an exact size & measurement, and don’t forget the glass shelf installation hardware to hang your shelves with designer flair.
DGM Factory: An Inside Look at Dulles Glass and Mirror’s Fabrication Facilities
Dulles Glass and Mirror has been hard at work creating your favorite custom glass and mirror products. This video gives a behind the scenes look at the DGM glass factory. See what it takes to create our line of glass and mirror products; get a look at the machinery in action; see our dedicated team of glass experts; and get a glimpse of our expansive manufacturing capabilities. There is a reason we’re the fastest growing glass & mirror store online — and this video proves it!
To learn more about Dulles Glass and Mirror, please visit our about us page!
Customer Submission: Coffee Table Top
A big thanks to our customer Elaine; not only did she leave us great feedback, but she allowed us to showcase the photos of her brand new coffee table top! Click the pictures to see them bigger. And here is Elaine’s kind note:
I recently ordered a piece of glass I needed to create a coffee table top from Dulles Glass and Mirror in Manassas, VA.
I cannot say enough about the beauty of the product or the service I received. The staff was professional and gracious throughout the process. Stephanie in the office there was a huge help in giving me information I needed in order to end up with the look I wanted for the coffee table and room.
We now have in-stock rectangle glass table tops available, but if you require a customized table top to fit a unique table stand, or to top existing furniture like the one seen above, you can customize a table top to your exact needs online on DullesGlassAndMirror.com, and have it shipped directly to you intact, guaranteed.
How Glass Bottles Are Recycled: A Behind The Scenes Look At A Glass Recycling Plant!
Secrets From The Recycling Plant: How A Used Bottle Becomes A New Bottle
NPR goes inside a recycling plant and a bottle factory to see the technology that turns used glass into new bottles.
When you place a glass bottle in a recycling bin, you may not think that that same (Snapple) bottle (in this case), is going to once again be turned into a brand new Snapple bottle.
Thanks to advances in machinery and technology, glass recycling is very much alive in this country, and this video presented by NPR is an amazing behind the scenes look at all of the recycling action. Next time you throw that glass bottle in the trash, you should def. be recycling it, and this video shows just why.
As an aside, it’s worth noting that while paper and cardboard may be recycled, it has a finite number of times it can be recycled. Glass on the other hand, can be recycled indefinitely. This is clear advantage to using glass products, esp. in consumer goods.
Photos of The Azure Blue “Glass Rain” Planet
Incredible. NASA has discovered an alien azure blue planet where it rains liquid glass sideways amid 4,500 mph winds. The liquid glass rain is what gives it its blue hue!
SAVE 15% OFF with Dulles Glass and Mirror’s 4th of July Sale!
Happy 4th of July from Dulles Glass and Mirror, the home of the internet’s fastest growing online glass and mirror store.
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