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From kitchenware to fixtures and windows, glass is a fundamental part of our living spaces. The decorative and functional aspects of glass have come a long way since the first drinking glass was made or the first home window was fitted with the improvement over cloth or wood. Still, many leave their glass in the plain, clear state in which it tends to come. There are plenty of options to branch off and make something more of the glass at hand.

Frosting Spray
Using a frosting spray is an inexpensive and easy way to adjust the appearance of your glass. This is the least permanent option and also the least variable, so it makes a good way to experiment with ideas, but not necessarily the best for adding value. There will be some stencil work involved if you don’t want the glass completely frosted, though it is fairly easy to remove and retry.
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Film and Tinting
Applying film or tint to glass is another great option for a variety of effects on windows. For aesthetics, window film is a simpler way to achieve decorative effects such as a stained glass or etched look. This can also be used for tinting purposes to reduce light or transparency.From a functional perspective, film can be used to protect interiors from the harmful and color-fading effects of UV rays as well as reduce the effects of outside temperatures on the indoors. It also provides an alternative to curtains or blinds if you like to keep your windows uncovered.

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Etching
Etching is another common technique used to add designs or writing to glass. Kits are inexpensive and somewhat easy to use, though it will take some practice to develop a talent for detailed designs. Discarded bottles make for good practice, but make sure to practice safety first, as etching is done with a caustic substance that can be harmful. If you have access to a glass cutter, you can also find functional uses for etched bottles such as drinking glasses or containing light sources.

After gaining some confidence, you may even want to try applying etching to your fixtures. Some of the things professionals do may look intimidating, but there’s nothing quite like adding personal flair to your personal space.
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Mix and Match
The great thing about enhancing glass is that different methods can be used for different purposes in harmony. Films and tints can be applied with etching or frosting effects or frosting can be added to glass that is etched in other areas. Don’t be afraid to try things out and have fun!

{Nicholas Haywood is an eco-friendly home improvement specialist and DIY enthusiast with an eye for interior design. He is slightly prone to OCD behavior as he often gets lost in thought over ways to maximize efficiency and aesthetics in living spaces both at home and the workplace. When his ideas come together, he writes for Vista Window Film, provider of premium window tint for homes and commercial buildings.}