Adding a stained glass window – or windows – to your home not only brings the joy of light and colour, but it can add value too. For many years I have worked with people across the South of England to create beautiful and unique stained glass.
As with any artwork, it is important to match the design to the owner’s style and taste. Alongside this, the stained glass must be functional in the chosen space.
Often, a stained glass window can be used to solve a problem area in the home, such as an unsightly view, or to add privacy to a room.
An extension can mean a formerly external window is now inside the house. This awkward area can be transformed into a stunning feature panel with an attractive stained glass design. A design created from real, coloured glass simply sings as it changes with the light in the room through the day.
Traditional or modern stained glass windows
Whether you like a traditional, geometric design, Art Deco, Art Nouveau, or an abstract, modern design, we can work together to create a beautiful piece for your home.
Every stained glass window is created using lead and individually hand-cut pieces of glass. The design is painstakingly built up, in the same way as church windows have been made for centuries. This means that each piece of glass is independent of the next and catches the light uniquely.
The stick-on lead strips and coloured plastic films applied to one big sheet of clear glass that many firms offer as “stained glass” today simply bear no resemblance to the deep and rich effect achieved with real stained glass.
There are so many textures and colours available in real stained glass that there is always an ideal combination for your particular window. Antique-style glasses have bubbles and inclusions that mimic the glasses of old. Gentle textures can obscure a view of a brick wall or fence, converting an unattractive area into a positive feature.
Why put in frosted or textured clear glass in the bathroom or cloakroom when you could have a magnificent stained glass window instead? Imagine the light playing across the room as the sun moves through the day. Even on a dull day, stained glass brings life to your space.
Solve problem areas in your home with stained glass
If your stained glass window will be in a sunny area of the home, think about all the rainbow colours you could introduce. If you have a darker area, very pale glass can be used, perhaps with small accents of bold colour, to create your dream design.
Your window can be toned in with your existing colour scheme and decor. If you are looking for inspiration, perhaps a detail from a wallpaper, a ceramic tile, or a carved feature on a fireplace could be a starting point. I have used all of these as the basis for a variety of stained glass windows in the past.
Alternatively, perhaps you have a favourite flower or artistic style that you wish to replicate in stained glass. I love to work with customers to create their dream ideas. One recent client provided a ‘mood board’ of different textures and photos she wanted to include and I pulled them together into a cohesive design that she loved.
Recent commissions have included an oval Art Deco stained glass panel for a front door for a couple in Gosport, a modern seagulls design for a couple in Hayling Island, a stained glass window featuring swans from Southsea, as well as pink fuchsias to be set in doors in a home in Waltham Chase. Additionally, I worked on a stained glass window to match existing stained glass next to a front door in Totton, near Southampton, and a pair of windows for a couple in Locks Heath.
If you want Lego Batman, Lego Joker, guinea pigs and chickens, well I can make those too! These featured in two stained glass door panels for a lady in Fareham, Hampshire.
I also work with clients in Surrey. I made a pair of stained glass windows for an internal window in West Horsley that featured agate slices, a peacock and a snake, which was based on a Tiffany lamp I had designed that the client had seen. Another stained glass window for a Surrey home was inspired by a carved Tudor rose that the owners loved. A couple in Send, meanwhile, chose a bright rainbow of colours for their front door.
Practical considerations with stained glass windows
On the practical side, designs can be strengthened invisibly with steel strips within the lead cames.
I also offer an encapsulation service – whereby the real stained glass panel is fitted within a double glazed unit. This was used recently for a client in Woking, Surrey, for five individual stained glass panels that were made for a beautiful, bespoke, oak front door.
If you live in Hampshire, Surrey, or West Sussex, and want a unique stained glass window, please get in touch. I would love to create a design especially for you.