Everything you need to know about stained glass windows

Everything you need to know about stained glass windows

You might have seen some stunning examples of stained glass windows in churches, cathedrals, and perhaps some pubs. But have you ever seen them in a house?

Though stained glass windows are a little less common than your typical Casement or Tilt and Turn windows, some beautiful original examples are still around today. And if you’re not lucky enough to live in a house with old stained glass, you can still get new stained panes installed!

In this article, we’ll discuss everything you need to know about stained glass windows. From their origins and history to leaded windows and where you can put stained glass in your own home.

Let’s get into it…


What is stained glass?

When people talk about stained glass, they’re usually referring to ornate windows made from coloured glass panes. 

Stained glass has a long history dating back to the 7th century, and many cultures around the world use it. Many people associate it with places of worship, where you’ll often find huge stained glass panes depicting religious scenes. As the light passes through these windows, it illuminates the images to create a rather striking display. 

Though there are differences between the various types of glasswork, people use the term ‘stained glass’ to describe domestic leadlight and came glasswork.


What’s the difference between leaded and stained glass windows?

Good question!

Confused about the difference between leaded and stained glass? As many people use the two terms interchangeably, you’d be forgiven for having some questions.

In reality, stained glass actually is leaded glass (as lead is what holds the stained panes together). But when someone uses the term ‘leaded glass’ rather than stained glass, they are usually referring to the fact that there is no colour in the window, just that it is leaded. When someone uses the term ‘stained glass’, they are specifically describing the coloured nature of stained glass. 

Clear leaded glasswork can come in textured designs such as waterglass, iced granite, glue chip, and chord. These variations mean it can be just as beautiful as the traditional colourful panes that come to mind when we think of stained glass.


Can you get modern stained glass windows?

Have you ever come across a beautiful stained glass window in a friend’s house? Is it a Victorian property? Stained glass windows were all the rage during the Victorian era, and many domestic examples are still in homes around the UK.

In areas with lots of Victorian housing, such as Heaton Moor, a suburb in the North West of England, it’s common to find similar stained glass features in most of the homes on a given street. 

As these decorative features add flair to the individual properties and contribute to the architectural personality of the area, it’s no wonder that such details are increasingly sought after by prospective house buyers. 

If you don’t live in an old property but want to add some colourful stained glass details, this is very doable! Even modern homes can be fitted with leaded, stained, bevelled, or Georgian bars to add a unique, traditional touch to an otherwise contemporary build.


Front doors with stained glass windows

As decorative glass is installed in homes to add a striking touch of personality, in our opinion, your front door is the perfect place for it. 

Think about it — your front door is the first thing that people see when they approach your property. What better way to create a great first impression than with a beautiful glass design?

Stained glass doors are fantastic for letting lots of light into your hallway, making your interior a brighter, more inviting space. However, as the coloured or textured panels in leaded or stained glass obscure the view into your home, you’ll retain more privacy than you would with a clear glass panel in your door.


Other places to put stained glass in your home

If you’d prefer to add your stained glass feature somewhere else in your home, think about the following areas:

  • In a new extension – either as a small window feature in one of the walls or within a striking circular roof light.
  • In an ordinary window – replace an old window with a new leaded or stained glass replacement to create a quirky accent.
  • In the corners of a window – if you don’t want to go all out with a full stained glass window, some stained glass window borders might be a nice touch.
  • Over a window – if you still want to let as much light into a room as possible, you’ll want to stick to clear windows. To enjoy a stained glass detail, you can simply add a colourful panel at the top.
  • In your bathroom or cellar – textured or coloured glass is great for preserving privacy, so consider opting for uPVC stained glass windows or leaded glass over fogged panes.

Decide whether it’s important for you to have your stained glass panel in a room where you spend lots of time or whether you’d like it to be visible to passersby. Remember, there are no ‘bad places’ to install stained glass. If it feels right to you — go with it!


Atlantic Windows

If you’re interested in installing stained or leaded glass in your property, give us a call! Alongside our various window styles, we also offer custom made decorative glass panes. 

Whether you’re looking to add eye-catching patterned glass borders or create a completely unique stained glass window, we can help. We can talk you through your options and work with you to create an iconic installation for your home.

Feel free to drop by our Hayle showroom, where we’ll have some examples to show you. Just want some online inspiration? Feel free to browse our brochures.