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[A Closer Look] Textured Glass Types for Elegance & Privacy

Aug 15, 2023 2:57:03 PM / by Greg Martell

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Textured glass, or patterned glass, is more than just a decorative element in homes and offices; it's an effective solution for adding elegance, privacy, and light to any space. 

This type of glass offers a delicate balance of beauty, translucency, and privacy, making it a popular choice for many interior design projects. 

Its textured surface scatters light, obscuring details while still allowing a significant amount of light to pass through, making it an excellent choice for areas where privacy is desired. 

The world of patterned glass is vast and varied, offering a myriad of options to choose from. Let's delve deeper into the types of patterned glass, their uses, and their benefits. 


The Allure of Patterned (Textured) Glass

First, what is patterned glass? Simply put, patterned glass is a type of decorative glass with textured designs or patterns embossed onto one or both sides. 

The patterns can range from simple dots and lines to intricate floral designs, allowing for a high degree of customization to suit individual tastes and styles. 

Generally, it has a translucent quality, aiding in the diffusion of light while enhancing the privacy and aesthetic appeal of a space.

Designers and building owners alike opt for patterned glass due to its numerous benefits, such as:

  • Beauty
  • Privacy
  • Light transmittance
  • Customizable
  • Versatility


Patterned glass transforms ordinary features into artistic elements. 

With an array of designs to choose from, ranging from flowers and swirls to more abstract patterns, patterned glass is sure to enhance your interior design.


Patterned glass serves as an appealing addition to different areas of any building, while also providing privacy. 

Although not classified as traditional privacy glass, the diverse range of options provides varying levels of obscurity and light transmission. In other words, patterned glass can distort what would otherwise be a clear view through it, allowing for a measure of privacy. This allows you to choose the ideal match that perfectly suits your needs.


Light Transmittance

Patterned glass offers an optimal balance between privacy and natural light. 

Carefully designed to provide obscurity while allowing ample light transmission, it creates a welcoming and cozy ambiance.

This also helps with energy conservation. You won’t need to install extra lighting as is the case in rooms with traditional walls.



With various patterns, textures, and privacy levels to choose from, patterned glass can be tailored to your individual tastes. 

In addition, professional manufacturing companies offer bespoke cutting services, transforming the glass into a unique feature for your project.

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The privacy aspect of patterned glass makes it a great option for:


Its decorative aspect, on the other hand, is perfect for features such as:


Patterned Glass for Historical Restoration

Patterned glass is typically used for restoration projects in two ways:

  • Recreating an aesthetic
  • Replacing damaged or missing elements 

In cases where original windows may have decayed frames or be missing panes of glass, manufacturers can build custom-created pieces to replicate the originals. 

Similarly, the existing glass on a historic site may have been replaced with "new glass," compromising the historical authenticity. In the process of restoration, you might consider replacing it with antique-looking panes to maintain the desired aesthetic.

Popular Patterned Glass Options

Whether you're looking for the serene beauty of nature-inspired patterned glass, the timeless elegance of historically authentic patterned glass, or the enhanced privacy of highly opaque glass, there's an option available tailored to your unique desire. 

Each type of patterned glass brings its distinctive charm, perfect for individual preferences and distinct interior styles. 

With the vast array of options, you're guaranteed to find a patterned glass that perfectly aligns with your aesthetic and functional needs. Consider: 


Making Patterned Glass

The production of pattern glass (sometimes called press glass) is a fascinating blend of artistry and industry. 

It begins with molten glass fed through a pair of rollers in a process known as roller pressing (hence the name press glass). 

The key component of this process is the engraved roller, which bears the negative impression of the desired pattern. As the molten glass passes between these rollers, it’s pressed into the engraved pattern, thereby taking on the designated texture or design.

Once the glass has been rolled and embossed with the desired pattern, it’s carefully cooled in a controlled environment to avoid thermal stress and maintain the integrity of the design. This process, known as annealing, allows the glass to cool slowly, thereby reducing the internal stresses caused by temperature gradients.

Finally, after the glass has been properly cooled and solidified, it’s cut to the required size and shape. 



Patterned Glass vs. Regular Glass: A Cost Comparison

When it comes to cost, patterned glass can vary significantly based on the design complexity, type of pattern, and the level of customization required. 

On average, it tends to be more expensive than regular glass. That’s because of the additional steps involved in its manufacturing process, which require skilled craftsmanship and specialized machinery. 

Despite this, many building owners and designers consider the enhanced aesthetics, privacy, and light diffusion properties offered by patterned glass to be well worth the extra investment

Give your glass manufacturer as many details on your project as possible – their input will help you get the right glass to fit your project's specific needs and budget.


The Art and Advantage of Patterned Glass

Patterned glass is more than just a functional element – it’s a design asset, enhancing homes, hotels, restaurants, and businesses with its unique blend of beauty and privacy. 

Whether you're looking for a way to upgrade an interior space, restore a historic building, or seek extra privacy, patterned glass is an elegant solution.


Patterned Glass Options at New Angle Beveling

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Written by Greg Martell