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Using Custom Mirrors in Your Next Project

July 15th, 2015

Custom Mirrors to Decorate Your HomeMirrors can be used anywhere in your home. Design magazines often feature custom mirrors in living rooms, kitchens, master bedrooms, foyers, dining rooms and even outdoors. When you are thinking about redesigning a room in your home, it is important to understand that just as area rugs define spaces and add character, personality and color to a room, mirrors also elevate the feel of a room.

They are timeless pieces that you will have in your home for a long time so it is important to choose something you really love. At River Glass Designs, our craftsmen fabricate every mirror to ensure a perfect fit for even the most challenging spaces. Mirrors are available in 1/4-inch or 1/8-inch thickness, with antique finishes, polished or beveled edges. We also offer special mounting and installation options.

If you are interested in learning more about our custom mirror products, call us at 301.977.3020 or visit us today.

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Add color to your glass this summer

June 18th, 2015

Colored Glass for SummerTransparent glass is getting a colorful makeover! Colored glass gives consumers the opportunity to perfectly accentuate their kitchen or bathroom with the perfect backsplash or countertop. Here’s how it works: pick out any paint color that compliments the walls, and we will turn it into your very own custom colored glass. Our pieces are chemically bonded together, which means they will not chip or scratch. The possibilities are endless!

If you’re unsure of what color suits your vision, we can help with that too. Once you narrow down your favorite color choices, we can create glass samples for you to test out in your home before committing. Test them out the same way you would with paint samples. Put them up, live with them for a couple days, look at them in different light, and inevitably you’ll know which one is the right color for you. Trust us, it’s worth the extra effort to make sure the color is a perfect fit, and complements your existing design.

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Use Glass to Update Your Workspace

May 19th, 2015

Glass Walls for OfficePicture this. You arrive at the office after a long, beautiful weekend and sit down at your desk. You look around and all you see is a dark, closed-off area full of walls, doors and partitions that separate you from your employees. While you are waiting for your computer to boot up, you realize what a bright and updated workspace would do for your productivity and happiness.

When you reach out to an interior designer, they explain that you need to incorporate glass walls into the design of the office, and here’s why:

  • Increase collaboration. Glass walls can alter the way the office space is used. They can help to create a cohesive team where everyone is working together to achieve results.
  • Improve communication. Employees will feel more comfortable approaching and talking with their coworkers when they can see the person that they will be talking with.
  • Encourage creativity. When its necessary to think outside the box, employees need an environment that encourages innovation. Glass walls are vibrant, open, and alive, to connect the ideas of everyone on the team.
  • Bring the outdoors inside. Employee comfort will be enhanced through the daylight that will come in from the glass wall panels.
  • Strive for honesty and openness. If you are looking for a way to build trust with your employees, then custom glass wall systems will demonstrate that nothing is hidden “behind closed doors.”
  • Create a new look and feel. Glass walls have a distinct modern design, which sends a message that your company is focused on the future. In addition to glass walls, adding glass shelving or glass backsplashes in the kitchen and bathroom areas can also create an updated aesthetic.
  • Save money. Glass is extremely durable, and it won’t go out of style. Don’t worry about your office space looking outdated in a few years, because glass will maintain a modern look for a longer period of time.

If you feel like the business owner we mentioned above, come visit our award winning glass showroom for ideas, inspiration – and a free consultation. Our experienced team will walk you through the products, layouts, hardware, color and style options that could take your office to the next level

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Glass Is Making a Big Impact on Kitchen Designs in 2015

April 15th, 2015

Kitchen Designs 2015Glass Is Making a Big Impact on Kitchen Designs in 2015

Take a step back granite; glass is hot and it is here to stay. Whether its countertops, backsplashes or other design elements, glass is trending.

Glass Countertops

This may be one of the hottest trends in kitchen designs this year. With its non-porous surface, glass is very hygienic and stain resistant. It also provides a durable surface, which is appealing to anyone who does a lot of cooking.

Glass also offers a lot of choices for buyers who are looking for a sophisticated feel. The countertops can be made of recycled glass and come in a wide variety of colors. Anything is possible; style choices are only limited by the homeowner’s imagination.

Glass Backsplashes

According to the 2014 National Kitchen & Bath Association, most designers rely on inexpensive ceramic (74%) or stone (60%) tile for kitchen backsplashes. However, glass is an increasingly popular option. The use of glass backsplashes was reported by 52% of designers in the latest study, compared to 41% of designers a year ago.

Colorful tiles give vibrant life to a kitchen and it allows homeowners to incorporate bold hues that they may not be brave enough to try on primary walls.

Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are becoming more than just a preparation or serving station—they are acting as home and decor furnishings. Consider incorporating glass or mirror doors on island storage units, or use glass that compliments the other countertops.

If you want to add one or more of these glass elements to your kitchen, let us know.

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In with the new universal shower design, out with the old.

April 1st, 2015

semi framelessHow many of you currently have or used to own a shower stall that looked more like a closet than a open area where you can wash in comfort and style. That claustrophobic design is now being replaced with a more universal concept that will work for everyone regardless of age, ability and changing needs. Sounds amazing, right? Well, what are you waiting for? Get started on adding a universal shower to your bathroom today.

According to HGTV, there are several features you want to include to make sure that the shower can work for everyone in your home for years to come to allow aging-in-place.


    • Seating – Some people need or prefer to sit while they are showering. By adding a bench or a fold down seat, all your bases will be covered.


    • Spray controls – Using an adjustable handheld shower spray will allow for flexibility since it has the ability to move to where the person is, whether they are sitting or standing. If you have children, it is best to install an additional overhead spray so that they don’t have to reach for the hose.


    • Flooring – To create a non-slip floor, use a non-glossy ceramic tile. Using glass mosaics with grout will work great.


    • Walls – Glass tiles all the way up the shower walls will keep the area clean, especially when the handheld sprayer tends to shoot water sometimes.


    • Lighting – The best place to install overhead lighting in the shower is where the person bathing won’t block the light, which means that it may not be directly centered over the shower stall.


  • Grab bars – This is especially important if there is a senior using your shower. Place them at the shower entry to prevent falls.

Get inspired by checking out our shower and tub enclosure gallery. If you are interested in planning how your universal shower would work, contact us at 301.977.3020 or visit our showroom.

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