Glass outdoes all other materials with versatility. For instance, you can use it both indoors and outdoors to decorate your home. With glass, the design opportunities are limitless. But the biggest strength of glass is its transparency. Where steel, wood or vinyl obstruct views, glass preserves them. This is why glass is ideal for adding charm and class to your outdoor spaces.
If your outdoor spaces need a creative touch or two to bring them alive, consider using glass in one or more of the following ways.
Glass table tops for dining outdoors
The best thing about glass tabletops, aside from their transparency, is that you can get creative with the table base. Do you plan to place your table on an attractive wooden or stone patio? Then you could go for a glass base that allows you to take in the beauty of your outdoor floor as you eat.
Or have you recently removed a large tree from your yard and now have a stump sitting idly, looking out of place? Then you can turn that stump into your glass table base with some wood stain and sealant. And you don’t have to settle for a simple glass tabletop of the circular or square variety either. Choose a custom design that gels with the existing décor and style of your outdoor space.
Mirrors for creating magical garden gateways
Mirrors and gardens are a match made in heaven. For instance, if you place a mirror on an ordinary stone wall or structure, you can create a window or even a doorway into another world. But make sure your mirror reflects an attractive area of your garden, such as a stone pathway or patch of flowers.
And be careful not to place your mirror somewhere it catches the sun because it could become a fire hazard. Find a shaded area and create a magical garden gateway or doorway.
Glass pathways over ponds and pools
Outdoor glass bridges can be spectacular when used cleverly. Just look at the world’s longest glass-bottomed suspension bridge in Hebei Province, China, which has 1,077 glass panels! Although your glass bridge will no doubt be much smaller, if you place it over a pond or pool, you can create a stunning pathway.
And the effect will be multiplied if your pond has fish swimming around under the glass. But you might also need glass balustrades for your glass bridge.
Glass balustrades for pools and paths
Pools and ponds are beautiful features to add to a yard or garden, but they can be dangerous to young children and pets. So, you can preserve the views in your garden with glass balustrades that span the length of pools, ponds and pathways while providing safety for children and pets.
And if you’d like to protect the plants and flowers growing by your garden pathway, you could use glass balustrades to section those areas off. Tempered glass balustrades provide a sturdy barrier and preserve the views of your garden at the same time.
Glass waterfall for pools or ponds
You could use a glass sheet or a mirrored glass sheet for this purpose. Imagine the glass surface shimmering magically as water runs down its surface to the pool or pond below. A glass waterfall would serve as a stunning focal point in your garden while you are relaxing alone or entertaining guests.
Have these ideas inspired you to use glass in your outdoor spaces? Do you think that a glass tabletop, mirror or balustrade would work well with your yard or garden design? Then contact South Melbourne Glass today, and we’ll discuss your needs. And if you need a custom design, we can use our 40+ years of experience to breathe life into your idea.