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The Beauty of Stained Glass Doors

Front or back, inside or out, there are few things as lovely as the look of a stained glass door. While most people are used to stained glass windows and accents, not everyone realizes that stained glass can be used on doors as well. Some doors have small touches while others are floor-to-ceiling works of interior art.

This stunning Bonita Springs home shows how stained glass front doors can be the true focal point of the entire exterior. The expanse of the house is beautiful to behold in its entirety, but it’s impossible for the eye not to be drawn to the intricate design of the front doors. Backlit by interior light in the evening or brightened by natural sunlight during the day, the colors and the design add true beauty.

The gorgeous double front doors of this Naples, Florida, home show how to get the look of stained glass without all the colors. Using the same framing methods as traditional stained glass but filling in with all clear glass is a somehow both intricate and simple. All that framing is also the perfect complement to the interior scrolled metalwork on the staircase, while an above-door window at the end of the hallway uses the more traditional, colorful style of stained glass, so interior and exterior design ties together.

The colors in this stained glass front door go beautifully with the dark red wood. All of the glass is colored – the white is almost opaque – creating a muted rainbow from any natural light.

This exceptional example is a true masterpiece. The length and intricacy of the design make the doors look almost like a painting, perfectly backlit by sunlight. Maintaining the design in the rectangular above-door window completes the artistic look.

Even small doors can benefit from the beauty of stained glass. These kitchen cabinets are a far cry from ordinary, and give the entire space the look and feel of a Victorian apothecary. The warm tones of both wood and glass keep the style from looking over the top and instead make a beautiful addition to this stylish kitchen.

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