Homeowners often make a design statement with their exterior doors, but it is common to see plain solid panel interior doors inside the home. Why not add a statement to your interior doors? We have some great ways to shake up traditional solid panel wood doors. From kitchens to laundry rooms, specialty glass inserts can liven up your interior door. We will discuss some unique specialty glass options to complete your home aesthetic.
Specialty Glass Inserts for Interior Doors
Traditional, solid white interior doors can seem boring and lifeless. By incorporating decorative glass inserts into full lite interior door frames, you can create a one of a kind look. Various types of specialty glass can bring light and a unique design element to your pantry, laundry room, home office, wine cellar, and even restroom doors. The options for specialty glass panels can include pattern glass, acid etch glass, silk screen printed glass and digitally printed glass. All of these options have a selection for your budget.
Digitally Printed Glass
Digitally printed glass door panels are the newest and have the most versatile design options. Digitally printed glass is a new technology, and it is becoming more mainstream in commercial projects and interior design. Some advantages to printing on glass are product longevity, design flexibility, ease of production, and affordability. Glass printing combines precision and technology to print directly onto glass with a 1440 dpi resolution. All glass is sent through the tempering (or toughening) process to permanently fuse the ink into the glass and it is ideal for safety. The ceramic inks will not scratch, fade, or degrade with the use of chemical cleaning agents. Most print fabricators offer hundreds of color options and in-house designs to choose from.
“Pattern” or Textured Glass
Textured glass can add a contemporary or antique feel to the door. Textured glass panels can also be featured in pantry’s, laundry rooms, and interior office doors. With so many different patterns and textures to choose from, you can create the perfect look for your home. Homeowners can choose the privacy level and transparency of the glass that best fits the room. Some delicate glass options include GNA antique, Flemish, and Ice textured glass. Some of the more vibrant glass options include Bamboo, Everglade, and Fusion.
Acid Etched Glass
Acid Etched glass works great in settings where you want translucency (some light passes through glass; objects cannot be distinguished). Novoglass and Novomat are classic acid etched options that are ideal for privacy.
Silk Screen Printed Glass
Silk screen printed glass panels are alternatives to printed glass, but with less versatility and design flexibility. Silk printing has been around for quite some time and is great for printing large quantities of the same design. Color and actual design elements are restricted using this method. The most popular silk screen designs are dots and lines that can be adjusted to scale. Custom designs with letters and/or graphic images can be printed as well.
A Unique Twist on Interior Doors for the Home
We have gone through the different types of decorative glass and will now review some design applications. If you are building or renovating a home, office, retail, or restaurant space; full lite glass interior doors are a great way to lighten up the room. If you are going for a more subtle look, textured and acid etched glass are great options. For something contemporary and out of the box, printed glass is a great choice. Printed glass interior pantry and laundry doors are becoming increasingly visible and in demand as more fabricators offer the printed glass options. Previously, a simple glass insert would have to be etched or screen printed which can take from six to eight weeks to fabricate (depending on quantity in production). Doors with an in-stock ready to print design can be fabricated with one to two days of lead time. A completely custom design can take one to two weeks to fabricate, a significant upside of printing. The design options are flexible as you can control the opacity/ privacy levels of the panel and add color as you see fit. Printing on acid etched and other textured glass is an option as well. Some new designs include white/black non-reflective marker board glass panels. Other home applications where these interior doors would be a great fit are closet doors, home office/libraries, movie rooms and wine rooms. Once you choose your glass, it is time to select your door pairing. The decorative panels can be crafted to fit a full lite or three-quarter lite door frame. Once the door has been selected, choose a color stain aligned to the overall design.
Interior doors with specialty glass are a great way to divert from the ordinary door and design an uncommon interior door that is uniquely yours.