CLEAR GLASS TILES

Glass (eye) candy.

 Top: Modwalls Lush 4×12 Surf Kitchen by McCaffrey Construction

Transparent glass tiles are making big waves in bathrooms and kitchen backsplashes.  The upside of glass tiles is that they tend to reflect rather than absorb light, are durable and supposedly easy to clean. They are more ecologically friendly than ceramic tiles as they use less energy to make and many styles are made from recycled glass. The downside is that they are very expensive and using a professional specialized in glass tile is highly advised.

glass tiles Angelina Random Pattern Clear Mixed Mosaic by Original Style | Mosaic glass tile at Carrelage Mosaique | Hexagon glass mosaic at Tile Daily  |  Mosaic glass tile in Luxe Silver at Indoor Capri |  Lush Weave by ModWalls | Mosaic glass Piazza series in Crystal Ice by Martini Mosaic |Offset Sky raised blue tiles by Original Style | Black/white mosaic glass tiles via Ali Express

I’ve been dreaming about using clear square glass tiles on our bathroom floor like in the below left side shower.  I don’t know if this is a feasible option (practically or economically speaking). But I do think it would help add some luminosity to an otherwise dark bathroom and would work well with the glass shower blocks.

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Top left: Island Stone Beach Glass tile image via Houzz |Top right: Lush 1×2 Surf Shower by Modwalls | Bottom: Bathroom by Penelope Irwin, Glass Expressions – Polaris White clear glass tile by Complete Tile Collection

I just love the color and finish of this tile so much.  (more…)

GLASS BLOCKS

A practical and durable partition option.

PISO-SANT-ANTONI-ALEX-GASCA-HELENE-SILVYLELIGOIS-9 PISO-SANT-ANTONI-ALEX-GASCA-HELENE-SILVYLELIGOIS-10 Bathroom in glass blocks by Hélène Silvy-Leligois

Our bathroom will unfortunately have to be placed between two bedrooms in an area where there is no natural light. Using beveled tiles and overhead lighting will hopefully help us brighten up an otherwise dark bathroom and we need as much of that light to come into the shower as possible.

While I love the look of factory windows used as shower partitions, it seems like they would be really hard to clean (and kinda dangerous too). So we’ve tentatively decided to use glass blocks to divide the shower space.

I love the above bathroom by architect Hélène Silvy-Leligois. This is the style of glass and grout we would go for. Click here to see more images of this amazing small studio apartment in Barcelona.

What’s neat about glass blocks is that they are relatively cheap, easy to install and easy to clean. In addition, there are a ton of options on how to finish the edges. Many block systems have components with rounded or finished edges or you can use tile, concrete, wood or special caps to complete them. (more…)

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