Materials come and go, but there's one enduring material that is set to make up the focal point of our kitchens long into the future: glass. And the way to bring this into our interiors this year is through fluted and antiqued glass – in cabinetry, architecture, and backsplashes. These ever-stylish features are not only chic but practical too, as they accentuate the light in your kitchen – thus making space feel brighter and more spacious. Plus, as we begin to welcome guests into our kitchens once again, it is only fitting that we dress the room for the occasion in the most stylish outfit possible. But why else has glass suddenly taken over our kitchens, and why should we make the change if we haven't already? Here, the experts share their thoughts.
Our recent Homes & Gardens report found that fluted glass and glass backsplashes have transformed many kitchens over the past year, but what is the main driving force behind their success? 'Generally, we are seeing a return to glass within the kitchen – glazed cupboards featuring fluted glass, glass backsplashes in delicate shades and with silver threads for luminosity, and jewel-colored glass pendant lights,' says Director of The Regency Kitchen & Bathroom Company, Richard Moore.
Their popularity coincides with the ever-accelerating importance of sustainability as we move away from 'disposable materials that look good for a small time frame but that need to be replaced immediately,' Nina Anastasopoulou at Harvey Jones also suggests. 'Customers are now looking for materials and products that will add value to their homes and will last as we tend to stay longer in our properties,' she adds.
'Any use of clear, reflective, and mirrored surfaces will add energy to an area, helping the kitchen feel more open,' Melissa explains, in her discussion of what is, perhaps, glass' greatest asset. She continues: 'An antiqued mirror, in particular, will add interest and help disperse the feeling of being constantly on display, while clear glass is a wonderful clean option that can be introduced to accentuate the color palette of the room.'