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Stained Glass Domes: Essential Design Considerations

April 19, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 188

Of all the ways to embellish a space, adding a dome is undoubtedly one of the most dramatic. Unlike an art glass window hanging, which will subtly enhance a room, an art glass dome will completely transform it. Regardless of its size, getting a custom dome for a library, pool area, master bedroom, or foyer will result in significant expense--both during the production and installation phases.

Because stained glass domes are a serious financial investment, there are several design considerations that should be taken into account before the order is placed. Some of the most important ones are identified and briefly described below:

  • Size: One of the first things a person considering the addition of domes with stained glass art work to a space will have to decide on is size. The appropriate size will depend on numerous factors, including budget and the dimensions of the room.
  • Color scheme: Art glass domes are available in virtually any color or combination of colors. Decisions about color scheme should be made with the rest of the interior decor in mind. Art glass dome colors should always harmonize, flatter, and work well with the existing design.
  • Motif: There are as many possible themes and images for domes as there are potential color combinations. Some possible motifs include Victorian, foliage, floral, abstract, and astrological symbols. As with color scheme, decisions about motif should be made with the rest of the space in mind.
  • Accents and Embellishments: Stained glass domes work well on their own to brighten and enhance all types of rooms, but in some cases individuals may want to play up the ceiling element even more. Some of the more popular ideas for embellishing stained glass domes are suspending chandeliers from their centers and surrounding them with trim.
  • Illumination: Domes with art glass look best when they are set in front of a light source, so illumination is a crucial design consideration. If there is already a skylight in the room, the dome can simply be installed beneath it. If not, a skylight will need to be added if natural illumination from the sun is a must. Alternatively, the dome can be backlit using LED or fluorescent bulbs. If desired, these two approaches can also be combined.

Anyone considering the addition of one or more architectural domes to a home or other setting should ask suppliers about custom design assistance. Quality suppliers will have professional designers on hand who can address all of the design considerations mentioned above, as well as ones the client may not have even thought of.

Our strong and shatter-resistant stained glass domes are ideal for conservatories, restaurants, resorts, and a variety of other settings. They are completely safe for overhead use. Visit us online at Stained Glass Domes to learn more.

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