This Old School Trend Is Back, and You Can Get the Look Without Hiring a Pro

published Oct 9, 2020
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Stained glass details are having a major moment again in the design world, and it’s no surprise. Bold yet elegant, stained glass windows supply ample amounts of color and quirky, vintage charm, both of which can make you feel like you’re living in a true work of art.

Unfortunately, unless you’re lucky enough to have period style Gothic or Craftsman architecture, then getting bona fide stained glass windows at home can be a pretty pricey endeavor. With the right decor items, however, you can score a stained glass-inspired look in your space without hiring a professional or breaking the bank. From stained glass hanging pendants to removable window film (that also helps insulate your home so you’ll lower your energy usage and costs!), here’s how to fake the look of stained glass windows when you can’t have the real thing.

Greta Lamp in blue/orange

Small Hanging Greta Lamp

When you can’t install authentic stained glass windows inside your home, a stained glass hanging pendant might be the next best thing. This four-sided pendant lamp hangs “swag style” on a 15-foot cord, so you can score a warm, ambient glow in your space without having to worry about hard-wiring.

Buy: Friend of All Small Hanging Greta Lamp in Bright Blue/Orange, $320.00 from West Elm

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Artscape Magnolia Window Film

Stained Glass Window Film

This self-adhesive “stained glass” window film sticks to your windows to create the visual effect of colored, textured glass, all while blocking out UV rays and heat. Not only does this product help regulate the air temperature of your home (and can save you money on your electric bill in the process), but it’s also great for windows where you don’t want to use heavy drapes but could use some semblance of privacy.

Buy: Artscape Magnolia Window Film, $33.82 $18.98 from Amazon

Stained Glass Makeup Mirror

Stained Glass Tabletop Mirror

In the market for a luxe-looking stained glass decorative accent that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg? This tabletop mirror is handcrafted by artisans using the same copper foil and solder technique developed by Louis Comfort Tiffany in the late 1800s. It’d be a lovely addition to a nightstand or vanity in a bedroom.

Buy: JDevlinGlassArt Stained Glass Makeup Mirror, $64.95 from Etsy

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Stained Glass Art Print

Stained Glass Inspired Art Print

Looking for a kid-proof way to score a stained glass style display at home that doesn’t actually involve delicate glass? Swedish artist Elisabeth Fredriksson designed this colorful art print to mimic the look of a stained glass window, complete with metallic details that resemble a real soldered metal framework. The colors are dreamy, and it could work solo or in a gallery wall arrangement once framed in something simple.

Buy: Dreamy Stained Glass Art Print, Starting at $19.95 for a 12-inch-by 16-inch print from Desenio

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Stained Glass Window Panel

Stained Glass Window Panel

Love the look of natural light streaming through stained glass but can’t afford the real deal? Hang this handcrafted Art Deco-style stained glass panel inside a south or west-facing window to fake the look for under $90.

Buy: River of Goods Multi Stained Glass Mod Collage Window Panel, $86.93 from Home Depot

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Stained Glass Pyramid Lamp

Stained Glass Table Lamp

A little stained glass goes a long way on a table lamp. This petite, pyramid-shaped design is handmade from copper foil stained glass and brings a dash of color and drama to any desk or side table. Better yet, it’s made by hand so you know your purchase is supporting an artisan dedicated to keeping this old world handicraft alive.

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Stained Glass Wall Mirror

Stained Glass Wall Mirror

The only thing better than a bonafide stained glass window is a wall-mounted mirror that allows you to recreate the look for less. This eye-catching wall mirror is composed of hand-cut Kokomo glass that creates a glossy texture that looks and feels just like the real deal.

Buy: MudHorseArt Stained Glass Mosaic Mirror in Blues, $180.00 from Etsy