Skip to main content

Why decorative glass is making a major comeback in home design

Design trends are cyclical, which means that sometimes, we have to say goodbye to some of our beloved design trends to make way for what’s new and fresh. That’s not to say that all decor trends from the previous year are going out, but some exciting interior design ideas are emerging for 2022. One of the trends many designers are thrilled about for the new year is using decorative glass. If you’re eager to learn just how you can invite this trend into your home, we have everything you need to know.

glass table top with plants and decor
Image used with permission by copyright holder

How decorative glass enhances your interior

To help you understand this amazing trend, here are some reasons designers love decorative glass.

Reflects light

One of the main reasons decorative glass is becoming a feature in 2022 home design is that it helps to reflect light. Thanks to its transparency, glass helps bounce light and create the effect of a lighter, brighter space. For homeowners who are struggling with dark spaces or who want to invite more light into their design, glass is an effective way to do so.

Gives the illusion of more space

Another reason glass is trending this year is that it gives the illusion of more space. By nature, glass creates a sense of flow in a design. Since it’s transparent, it doesn’t block the “view” of the overall design, nor does it create a sense of division or obstruction within your room. Similarly, its ability to reflect light allows glass to have an airy and bright appeal that creates the illusion of more space.

Adds a sense of delicacy and luxury to your space

Glass is a fragile material that adds a sense of delicacy and softness to the overall look of your home. When paired with more rustic materials like metal, wood, or stone, glass can appear gentle and quaint. Additionally, we often associate glass with luxury. So it should be no surprise that this lovely material heightens the elegance and sophistication of your space.

glass globe light fixture above mirror
Image used with permission by copyright holder

How to incorporate glass into your home

If you’re interested in incorporating decorative glass into your home, here’s how you can go about it.

Opt for glass light fixtures

A notable way designers incorporate glass into their designs is with light fixtures. Glass light fixtures are luxe, simple, and perfect for creating a fun effect in your space. The artificial light inside the glass fixture reflects stunningly across the room, adding an exciting appeal to the design. If you want a modern spin on this classic style, try opting for a geometric fixture to take center stage in your room.

Try out a glass-tiled backsplash

Enhance the look of your kitchen by adding a glass-tiled backsplash. With several colors to choose from, you can find a vibrant and glossy tone that perfectly suits your color palette. If you want something unique, try out a bold pattern that acts as a feature piece in your kitchen.

Use glass tables or consoles with glass panels

Glass tables are trending in 2022. Thanks to their luxurious and seamless appeal, glass side and coffee tables blend elegance with modernity. To take it a step further, glass panels on wardrobes, TV consoles, and cabinets are bringing new meaning to the term “open shelving.” This allows homeowners to use their clutter as decor without draining their wallets on a new home design scheme.

Mix your materials

A great way to incorporate decorative glass into your space is to mix and match it with other materials. For example, use glass decor pieces on an unfinished wooden coffee table. Or try adding glass pieces to nearby stone or metal structures. This mixing of materials adds a unique touch to your design by blending fragility and rough textures to create a more cohesive look.

Decorative glass is a trend we encourage you to try out in 2022. With so many ways to take part in this decor movement, you’re sure to find something that suits your style while inviting a new air of excitement into your home.

Editors' Recommendations

Amelia Wilson
Amelia Wilson (author pen name Amelia J. Wilson) is a content writer in Greenwood, IN. She often enjoys topics on…
Want to level up your wall decor? We love this interior designer’s trick for blank wall space
Try this clever tip for tackling blank wall space in your home
Woman hanging beach art

A common struggle for many homeowners is decorating a wall without making it feel too cluttered or, worse, too empty. Too much negative space can leave a room feeling unfinished, lackluster, and downright visually unappealing. Thankfully, Julie Jones, founder of Julie Jones Designs, took to TikTok to share a fantastic design trick for dealing with blank wall space by using a clever rule for your wall decor.
Try the 70/30 rule
Interior designer @juliejonesdesigns shared her trick for handling blank wall space with a unique rule that works for nearly any wall. “I have a 70/30 rule,” Jones says in her TikTok video. She explains that the rule means 70% of the wall needs to be filled with positive space while the other 30% can be negative. “It’s a really easy formula that you can apply to almost any wall.”

Read more
3 color combinations for your home this interior designer loves
This designer on TikTok shares some stunning and luxe color combinations for your home
person holding color swatches


It’s easy to spend hours in the paint section of a home improvement store, flipping through endless swatches to find a good color combination. You want the colors you choose to be the perfect color combo while still reflecting your style and personality. However, this time-consuming activity may leave you feeling defeated during your remodel. That’s why designers like @whataboutdesign on TikTok have color combinations you don’t want to miss.

Read more
Modernize your oak wood decor with these gorgeous paint colors
These colors can give oak wood a modern, refreshing look
Kitchen with black cabinets and dark wood inspired by midcentury design

Whether you’ve just installed your favorite oak kitchen cabinets or you’ve decided on a stunning oak wood floor for your home, it can be difficult to find a modern color palette that looks seamless alongside these warm wood tones. While oak wood is stunning with traditional design, modernists who favor its classic appeal might find blending this tone with their existing palette frustrating.

Oak wood has a tendency to look outdated or overly traditional in a home's design. This happens for several reasons. For example, a dark or brown color palette makes oak look a bit drab in spaces where modernists prefer light or airy tones.

Read more