Stained Glass – What coloured rainbow will you have in your home?

We all like to see colour in our homes and what better way to introduce colour on a dull day than with stained glass windows?

Stained glass windows have been around since medieval times and were originally seen in churches and buildings of importance.  The many facets of coloured glass were used to make-up pictures and patterns depicting people, animals, plants and events through our history.

More recently we have been used to seeing coloured glass in windows and doors of our homes from the Edwardian and Art Deco period of the 20’s and 30’s right up to the present today.

Norwich Cathedral - Immage from Zippix

Image from Zippix of a window at Norwich Cathedral

Originally stained glass windows were:

– Put into church windows to help tell stories from the bible.

– Put into buildings of character.

– Added as a decorative and ornate feature to show the wealth and social standing of the home owner.

–  To control the light entering through the window into a building.

– To stop people from seeing the outside world and perhaps concentrate on their work or a sermon at church.



Anglian Decorative Glass

Today, coloured glass is manufactured by adding metallic salts, oxides, sand and solutions during its manufacture.  The additives change the glasses translucency and can appear clear or opaque.

Depending on how strongly the sun shines through a window, as to how the glass will appear, whether the colour will be enhanced or will fade with the strength of the sunlight.    If you look at a stained glass window when the sun is shining, the jewelled colours of the yellows and reds are richer in intensity at midday when the sun is at its highest.  If you look at blues, they become stronger in colour as the light fades later in the day.

Today, stained glass can be achieved by painting a colour straight onto a glass sheet without having to join many small pieces of glass together with a line of lead.  With improved technology, we are able to replicate many designs and style periods from history onto our windows that we produce today.


Anglian Decorative Glass

Anglian Decorative Glass

 A unique design can add a timeless elegance linking back to an architectural feature and add individuality to your home’s windows and doors.  If you are unable to find a design from our existing range or you have your own pattern for a window or door, let us know.

Other styles   of decorative glass that can be achieved on your windows are:

Leaded  – recreated classic styles and shapes as seen in stately homes.  Lead is bonded to the glass in diamond and square patterns, other ornate designs can be achieved.

Fusion –  is created by fusing coloured pieces of glass together like a tile and then bonding them in a pattern onto the window.

Coloured  –  is achieved by putting coloured glass in to a pattern which is separated by lead beading.

Etched –  is a pattern that is cut in to a window.  It usually looks white in colour and offers privacy to a room as you are unable to look directly though the glass.


 Anglian Decorative Glass

Should you wish for something not so intricate or coloured we can also offer Brilliant Cut and Bevelled Cut glass.

Having a feature window in your home is a nice addition and we are happy to replicate your chosen design.  Stained glass radiates a wonderful light and bathes a room with colour and a warm feel.

What style and colours will you be choosing for your personalised window or door?

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