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Using Glass to Enhance Your Home Bar

June 22nd, 2016

Using glass is a surefire way to spice the basic home bar look without needing to completely change the design of the room. As we’ve mentioned before, glass stands out for its ability to fit into any size, shape, and style of room.

Glass Shelves in a Home BarFor those with home bars, you know that presentation is half the battle. You have to rearrange bottles on shelves so that labels are visible and make it look like there is some order to it. Bars that are fully stocked could look dark with a wall lined with bottles. Rather than adding clunking wood shelves, opt for glass to brighten the look.

Glass bar tops are also a smart style choice for their aesthetic appeal. And a bonus is that they are easy clean up. It’s a bar which means there will be spills so choosing to have a glass countertop removes the worry about rings and spill spots which you may find on a wood bar. Not to mention, glass tops will last longer than wood as it does not warp or fade over time.


Aside from the longevity standpoint, glass shelves and countertops add more variety within your home with the multiple options we have. Tabletops are available in standard clear glass, Starphire (ultra-clear) glass, colored glass, patterned glass, or frosted glass. Shelves can be done in textured glass, colored glass, or frosted glass with a variety of bracket options available. The possibilities are endless on how you can pair or mix and match glass types to create a unique and coveted at home bar look.

Glass Home Bar with Glass Bar Top and Glass Shelves to Hold Bottles

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The Functionality & Benefits of Glass Shelves

May 24th, 2016


Glass shelves are an excellent option when you’re looking for more storage space. At River Glass Design, we can customize your shelves for you! With a variety of mounting and hardware options and ¼ inch, ⅜ inch and ½ inch thickness, we can accommodate any size, shape or project you want! Glass shelves have many benefits including:

– Provide extra storage space while making a room appear larger since you can see all the way to the wall.

– Enhance the view of items placed on the shelf due to its reflective nature.

– Create a visual appeal that seems to float on the wall.

– Glass shelves are just as strong and durable as other shelving materials.

– Add visual contrast and complement other elements.

– Create a lighting effect because they allow light to shine through from above and below.


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The Benefits of Glass Tabletops in Your Home

April 26th, 2016


The use of glass in the overall design of your home has many advantages. As we’ve said before, glass is versatile, stylish, durable and can be used in any space! When it comes to your dining room or kitchen, the table is not only a gathering space, but can also be the focal point of your room. Glass surfaces combine form with functionality and offer a range of design possibilities. There are actually many benefits to glass tabletops that you may not have even thought about:

Glass tabletops work well with many decor themes.

Due to their neutral appearance, they are extremely versatile and can work with an elegant or sophisticated theme or be transformed to fit a modern space.

Glass tabletops are transparent.

If you have a space that might need to look lighter and brighter, glass tabletops are the perfect option. The transparency of the glass can make a space appear larger and more open than it actually is.

Glass tabletops are simple to clean and are germ-free.

All you need to clean is a dry, clean cloth and a spray bottle of water or glass cleaner. You don’t have to worry about food or drinks staining your table. It’s easy to wipe up any spills and harmful bacteria will not be trapped. Glass tabletops can also endure high heat without cracking.



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Glass Shower Enclosures for Every Space

March 24th, 2016

awkward-3The best feature of glass is that it has the ability to open up any bathroom. Any glass enclosure that you choose keeps the design open and allows you to see from one end of the room to the other. You can customize your shower and choose from different levels of privacy to fit your needs. Even if you have an awkward space and aren’t sure how to design your shower, we can help. Our team of experts can turn any space into an open, functional bathroom by designing a custom shower that fits any space, size or shape you may have.

There are a few options you can choose from:

Frameless. These mean exactly what they are called, frameless. The shower door is completely made of glass. They are a great way to add a WOW factor in your bathroom. These are an investment that last, with little maintenance or repair. Since there are fewer metal parts, there is less cleaning on a regular basis. You can add your own personality with a wide selection of handles and hardware finishes. They are truly a stunning feature.

– Our frameless showers use ½ inch glass panels and ⅜ inch doors for maximum stability. No header is needed in most cases and the hinges have a lifetime warranty. Fixed pales are held in place with a ¾ inch channel or 2×2 inch clamps.

Semi-frameless and framed. These are affordable enclosures that make a significant design impact. Both have a framed perimeter, but a semi-frameless door has no channel at the top, bottom or on the handle side. They do an excellent job at sealing in water and are also easy to maintain. And they’re affordable options!

– We let our customers choose the right showers for them, so we allow them to pick their hardware finish to match the rest of the house.

Bathtub enclosures. These add a sophisticated glass enclosure to the base of an existing bathtub. We offer a few different options: euro mid panels, sliders, framed, semi-frameless or frameless enclosures. You can also ask about the Skyline Bypass shower we offer.

– Mid panels can be mounted to the wall with hinges or fixed in place with a ¾ inch channel or 2×2 inch clamps.

– A slider (semi-frameless tub enclosure) uses a header and bottom sill with completely frameless doors. This type is available in ¼ inch or ⅜ inch thickness.

– Frameless glass tub enclosures follow the specifications of frameless showers but are custom fitted to your tub.

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How to Use Glass in Every Space

February 23rd, 2016

Glass comes in several forms, textures and colors, making it a great option for any type of home design. It can brighten a room, create an elegant feel for your home and even give the illusion of a larger space. So, where is the best place to use glass in your home? Well, because of its versatility, glass can be used in any space. The possibilities are endless! Here are our top suggestions:

showerGlass showers show off tile work and are easy to clean and maintain. Each kind of glass shower keeps the design light and open, allowing you to see from one end of the room to the other.

Frameless glass shower doors are completely made of glass. These are an investment that last, with little maintenance or repair. Glass bathtub enclosures add a sophisticated glass enclosure to the base of an existing bathtub. Semi-frameless and framed shower doors are affordable. Both have a framed perimeter, but a semi-frameless door has no channel at the top, bottom or on the handle side. They do an excellent job at sealing in water and are also pretty easy to maintain.


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAGlass countertops and glass tabletops are extremely easy to clean, durable, unique and beautiful. They tend not to show many signs of wear and tear throughout the years of use. The non-porous surface ensures that germs and bacteria aren’t able to survive, leaving you with a sanitary surface. Glass countertops are also able to endure high heat without cracking or damaging the surface in any way. And it’s stain resistant, so no matter what is spilled on the surface, it won’t stick. The reflective glass surface bounces light and creates a bright, inviting space throughout your kitchen or dining room. And both countertops and tabletops can be custom made from a variety of colors, shape and texture options, giving you endless design options.


backsplashGlass backsplashes can brighten up any space. It can also add depth to your walls since it’s transparent, unlike many other materials. Since grout isn’t used, these backsplashes don’t require sealing and are easy to clean and maintain after they’re installed. These backsplashes can give a vibrant feel to a kitchen and can allow you to incorporate colors that you may not want to try on your walls. You can choose from mirrored, frosted or colored glass, each bringing a unique design approach to your kitchen. Each is custom cut and installed to fit your kitchen perfectly.



glass shelvesGlass shelves and glass display cases provide storage space while making a room appear larger, since they allow you to see all the way to the wall. The use of glass enhances the view of the items placed on the shelf and creates a visual appeal that is appealing and seems to float on the wall. Not only are they elegant, but they are also just as strong, durable and work just as well as other shelving materials. They can add a visual contrast and break up stainless steel elements perfectly, or they can complement other glass or mirror elements for the best visual appeal. Glass shelves can be used in almost any room and since each shelf is custom cut, the possibilities are endless!


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMirrors can be used anywhere in your home; they are versatile decorating tools that bring function and beauty to every room in the house. A well placed mirror can increase light in a room, open up your space and even add a decorative element. If you have a small room, a well-placed mirror can create the illusion of space by adding continued depth. Mirrors reflect light, so for the best use, place mirrors so that they face or angle toward your natural light source. This way, they fully capture light and spread it throughout the room. Although pictures usually come to mind when it comes to the statement piece of a room, large mirrors can be used as an excellent replacement.


job-4Glass wall dividers add functionality and style to any space. They don’t block natural light, but actually increase the amount of light through your home by allowing each room to borrow light from the next. Glass wall dividers create the illusion of space within a room but also maintain privacy. Glass wall dividers are extremely versatile and can be used as a spectacular decorative and functional element in many different places: closets, private offices, bedrooms and even bathrooms. Not only can you choose from a static or portable wall dividers, you can also choose from a variety of colors and opaqueness that ranges from fully transparent to completely obscuring.



Glass staircases & glass railings can be the focal point of your home and create a spacious, airy feeling. Either can open up the layout of your home and create a nice visual balance with the combination use of other materials. Seamless, flowing elevation with a beautiful touch is created when you choose glass as a part of your staircase. Although many can be concerned with the durability and safety of glass staircases, with the right design and professional installation, they are a great option.



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