Stained Glass Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Written by AnonymousApril 4, 2011

Examining Stained Glass Windows: Advantages and Disadvantages

Stained glass windows are handcrafted works of art that are used mostly as accent pieces for hallways, foyers, bathrooms, or kitchens. Also called decorative glass and art glass, stained glass windows are also commonly used in churches, museums, and funeral homes.

If you prefer more light to pass through, choose clear textured glass or subtle designs made with lighter colors.


The advantages of stained glass windows are:

  • Versatile. Stained glass is no longer limited to inoperable picture windows. It can be found on many different windows from awning to casement.
  • Attractive. Stained glass windows are often used to add visual interest to a boring room. The window becomes the focal point, while giving the space a personal touch.
  • Privacy. Because they’re ornately decorated, stained glass windows offer more privacy than other windows.


The disadvantages of stained glass windows are:

  • Limited light. Light can still pass through, but busy designs and dark colors can limit the amount of passable light, making the room appear darker.
  • Obstructed views. Stained glass windows offer privacy, but distorted views work both ways. When looking out or in, the scenery can appear blurry and washed in color.
  • Overuse. When used as an accent piece, stained glass can be pleasing to the eye. Outfit an entire room with it and the look goes from elegant to garish. 


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