Drinking Glasses Drinking Glasses

Over the years, many of us acquire a collection of differenly shaped and sized drinking glasses as if they were hallmarks from a lost time. One free 32-ounce plastic cup with neon lettering from this retailer, a set of pint-sized glasses for lemonade on sale from another store. Before you know it, your kitchen has enough drinking glasses to quench the thirst of the American League baseball teams! Hmmm, hopefully not! Maybe you can't bear to part with your collection of mix-matched glasses? Well, fine, but don't let your interior design clients follow in your footsteps.

Imagine that a guest, maybe a dignitary, is visiting your client's home. This person asks for a drink of water and is greeted with the only piece the packed dishwasher will reject - a Pokemon cup with an attached, bendable straw. Of course, all parties present may laugh about it momentarily, but later the guest rejects an invitation to visit again the home of the ill-prepared, even tasteless host.

Aside from social graces over which interior designers have too little control, consider what drinking glasses can add to the aesthetics of a kitchen. A complete set of glasses that complement the color scheme of the kitchen can help create mood and harmony. Bring all of the details together through using similar styles, colors, or patterns. As a result, the entire space will look infinitely more pleasing to the eye. Not only will the attractive glasses brighten up the interiors when people are using them, but also they can act as attractive display pieces.

Your purpose should be to draw attention toward the attractive pieces and divert focus away from items that are, while functional, an eyesore. The nice thing about glassware is that there's no excuse for your client to not have well-designed, coordinated pieces. They are definitely available, and they come in large quantities to fit a wide range of tastes.

First, let's look at some of the many styles in drink glasses. Of course, we all know that they come in materials ranging from clay and wood to plastic and other synthetic materials. For the sake of simplicity, let's stick with the glass products. A client with eclectic taste could use the set shown here. They're made by the same designer and come in many different colors and patterns. Though they are pricier than some would be willing to pay, this is an item that would last a lifetime. They are very distinctive and colorful, which makes them perfect to put on display, or within glass fronted cabinets. Arrange them with some attention to design. The colors of your glasses should be found elsewhere in the kitchen, even if it is in the designs on a dishtowel. Matching colors will create cohesion within the space.

Sometimes drinking glasses can be expensive, which will keep many from placing them in the hands of their three-year-olds. But for those with small children who will somehow get to the glasses anyway, there are more reasonably priced items. These green retro looking glasses are affordable and yet create a distinctive mood. Similar to the above glasses, they are ideal for display. For a more traditional style, look to tinted glasses. While these glasses are simple, they're definitely not bland. Any of the colors would look great. Imagine a kitchen painted yellow or blue or red with white cabinets that have glass fronts and a set of these glasses inside. They are a great way to complete a color scheme.

Another way to add color to a kitchen space without changing the color of your client's wallet from green to black (as in empty) is to color coordinate your glasses with one another. Choose a rainbow of colors that work together and also pick up tones and colors from other objects in the space. Decorating with accent pieces, such as this lemonade pourer, is an excellent way to create a fun and an attractive setting. Otherwise, a mix-match of same
sized glasses is a nice touch.

For a more elegant look, these engraved glasses will do the trick. They have been popular since many years back. When using a set that has the same design to accent a room, add some variety by mixing up the size of the glasses. Notice in this photo that the background is black. Clear glasses will work best when there are some dramatic colors in the room to add contrast. For instance, these glasses would look striking on a dark blue or mahogany-colored shelf.

Much of choosing which glasses are appropriate depends on the tastes of your clients. It's up to the interior decorator to introduce the client to new and innovative ways to improve a space. Attractive glasses are a small thing but taking the time to attend to all of the little details will infinitely improve the aesthetic quality of a home.

Reprinted with permission from the Sheffield School of Design

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