Stained Glass Window Hangings

Stained glass is truly exquisite. Using stained glass in your home adds a special touch that you can’t really achieve with any other decorating technique. If you are interested in using stained glass in your home, but at this time aren’t able to install stained glass permanently, consider purchasing stained glass window hangings. These lovely accents are perfect for any stained glass lover.

Stained glass window hangings are great for almost anyone. If you can’t afford stained glass window panels at this time, window hangings are a great way to enjoy stained glass in your home. Window hangings are often very affordable. Even high quality hangings are easy to find under $50. Hang one or more of these delightful pieces of glass art in your bedroom, kitchen or living room. Anywhere the light catches them is a great spot! They also look wonderful on a patio, deck or porch.

Stained glass window hangings are great for apartment dwellers. Being a renter makes personalizing your home very difficult. Many renters are not allowed to even paint the walls. This makes stained glass window hangings the perfect solution. You can bring warmth to your apartment, make it feel like a home, and still get your security deposit back when you move. Additionally, some apartments do not get a lot of natural light. When you use window hangings made of bright stained glass, you can take advantage of the light you do have by catching and maximizing it.

Stained glass window hangings make great gifts. Consider purchasing one for the next Mother’s Day. You can find any style to match any personality. They make great birthday gifts. Purchase several together in a theme for someone who really loves stained glass. Or get one for Christmas. The bright glass will capture light and make the winter blues fade away in no time.

Stained glass window hangings come in a wide variety of styles. The classic Victorian styles are available. These include flowers, birds and butterflies and are often simple and beautiful. You can also find mission style window hangings. These are usually gold, amber and green designs with simplicity in mind. If these traditional styles aren’t for you, no problem! Today companies are making stained glass window hangings in all kinds of designs including horses, wizards, fairies, all kinds of animals and religious themes.

Mission Style Stained Glass Panels

Mission style has a very wonderful history, dating back to Spanish missions and drawing influences from Mexico, California and Santa Fe. This simple style uses lovely dark wood and clean lines. It is still very popular today because of the way it so seamlessly blends function with style. If you choose to use mission style furniture and decorating techniques in your home, you should know that mission style stained glass panels are available. Using the extra touch of stained glass, you can really pull a room together.

Mission style stained glass panels tend to be very different from regular stained glass. One of the biggest differences is the color. Mission style is very subtle; it takes a lot of its inspiration from the earth, specifically the desert. The colors of mission style stained glass are usually brown, gold, and amber. Occasionally you might also find green, red, or rich orange. These colors are meant to go perfectly with simple dark wood furniture and earthy tones.

Another one of the biggest differences between mission style stained glass and other stained glass is the designs. While Victorian and religious stained glass is mainly designed with animals, deities, floral arrangements and elaborate scenes, mission style glass is much simpler. The designs you will find in mission style stained glass panels are shapes, tribal designs and sometimes an arch or mountain. Often, these designs will evoke Native American influences, a tribute to our American Ancestors.

If you are interested in the mission style, you should consider using stained glass in your home. You might choose to go all out and have mission style stained glass panels installed. If you aren’t quite ready for the commitment or price tag that comes along with this, however, you can still use mission style stained glass in your home. Consider purchasing a lamp with this design. That way, you can enjoy this unique stained glass on a much simpler level.

Choosing a Stained Glass Project

Stained glass is a versatile form of artwork that adds beauty and elegance to any room in your home.

Decorating with stained glass not only allows you to enhance the value of your home, but gives it that personal one of a kind touch which can be added in many different areas.

Stained Glass Panels

Stained glass panels can be used to enhance your windows and walls. Stained glass panels are one of the most frequently chosen types of stained glass projects. The versatility in design, size and shape are key factors in popularity. Glass panels can be inserted into window frames, transoms, cabinets, doors, sidelights, as well as used to adorn windows and walls. The design of a panel is unlimited. Any subject or design comes alive by using different colors of glass, textures and dimensions. Although glass panels are basically one dimensional, using overlays, wire and 3-dimensional objects (IE. shells, plates, layers, etc) your panel can have a 3-dimensional appearance. There is no issue with size and shape, because you design your panel to fit the exact shape and size you need. Basically, if you can dream it, you can build it.

Stained Glass Mirrors

Looking for that perfect gift for that someone special in your life? Stained glass mirrors may provide the answer for a truly unique gift idea. Combining a normal piece of mirror with the addition of colorful stained glass as an accent provides for a special piece of artwork. I have built mirrored pieces by using strips of stained glass as an access. Creating different shapes and sizes of stained glass along with varied sizes of mirror also works well. Some of my creations have included pieces that I have hung centered over the sofa which reflects the light already coming into the room. Smaller pieces of combined mirror and stained glass may be more desirable for the bedroom or bath.


Stained glass projects that include a 3d effect in their design are interesting conversational pieces too. These are oftentimes anchored to a decorative wood base and may be best displayed when set on top of a table. Other 3d projects include boxes, terrariums, business card holders, desk organizers, clocks and lamps.

Custom Sized Panels

It has been my experience that suggests a stained glass creation may be better displayed if it is custom designed to fit into an existing opening. When properly built according to that spec, the end result will appear better with little or no light coming from around the outer frame of the glass. A custom feel is quite desirable and will be worth the extra effort involved.

Cabinet Door Inserts

One common place that will surely create interest is the addition of a unique piece of stained glass anchored in a highly visible cabinet door. This can be a little tricky when sizing it to the door based on how you might have to attach it, however, with the addition of glass shelves and an electrical light in the top of the cabinet, the outcome will be something you will cherish every time you look at it in the future. Be prepared that if you don’t have a light inside the cabinet, it may not come off as you expected.


When walking through a big box home improvement store, you may increasingly notice the abundance of “stained glass” used in the fixed glass portion of entry doors. Although these are excellent invitations for someone to enter your home, you may not find the design you specifically need for your house. Create your own. There is special metal frames that can be used to safely insert and hold your own creation on a typical sidelight. This way you can select the right colors for the best look.

Cased Opening Accents

Many homes these days have an abundance of wood trim and this usually includes a pass through a wall into another room which may not include any doors, but most likely includes the jamb and casing. Designs can be incorporated into these openings near the intersection of the top horizontal jamb and each side jamb. It’s almost like envisioning an upside down bookend type of accent.

Keeping in mind when building any stained glass panel that natural or artificial light behind the artwork will always make the glass look better. Colors are more defined and the entire piece will “pop” with absolute brilliance. Textured glass may be necessary at this point to best illustrate the subject at hand.

Frequently, I mount my stained glass pieces in wooden frames which also tend to give substance to their appearance. Wooden frames can be made from any specie of lumber available and of course to any size. Sizing includes the thickness and width of the frame as well. Be careful not to get too big and accidentally remove the focus from the stained glass itself. Experiment with colors of stain too, to pull out the important colors within your stained glass.

Fact of the matter is, you really can’t go wrong when producing your own stained glass. There are infinite mixes to be explored by using different colors, textures, sizes, shapes of glass not to mention framing materials. Nothing is right or wrong, YOU are the artist. Have fun!