The Tile Files - Glass
Monday 12 August 2013, Written by Tags: A to Z
We continue our Tile Files series by exploring glass. If you missed it, catch up on the first instalment which uncovers the benefits of ceramic.
Glass has been used to decorate buildings for thousands of years, from elaborate windows, to sculptures and of course, tiles. Glass is a common and versatile commodity, making it the perfect medium with which to experiment. It’s practical, too with many qualities that make it an excellent choice for a busy home. Easy to clean, reflective, vibrant and beautiful, it can be used in a wide range of areas with ease.
One of the best things about glass is that it can be used as a covering. This means that any number of materials can be encased within glass to make a beautiful final product – from real gold to glitter, mirrors to metal. Even on its own, glass can offer a variety of finishes. From a super glossy, reflective surface, to a matt frosted finish or metallic look there is something to suit any environment.
As practical glass can be used in just about any area of the home, from showers to kitchens to living rooms and beyond, it’s possible to experiment with many effects. Glittering gold and wrought iron are two of the most dramatic, but field tiles in a rainbow of hues are equally striking.
Glass can be used wall to wall, floor to ceiling or is a popular choice for splashback or cooking areas as it is easy to clean. For use in a cooking area, ensure your splashback is made from heat resistant, toughened glass.