Painted Light: The Best Stained Glass Ideas for Stunning Home Decor

The first stained glass windows were made nearly 5,000 years ago. They were first used in European cathedrals but quickly spread to the rest of the world. These days, only about 10% of stained glass is used in churches.

The rest is used in businesses and the homes of ordinary people, despite stained glass looking anything but ordinary.

But how can you decorate a modern home with decor that was popular thousands of years ago? Don’t worry, we’re here to give you a few stained glass ideas for your house.

7 Simple Stained Glass Ideas for Your Home

Here are seven quick ideas on how to use stained glass in your decor, ranging from a small lamp to huge windows and panels. But just remember, these are only a few of the countless ways to incorporate this beautiful art into your house.

Simple Lighting

The easiest option is to just replace a couple of your existing lamps with stained glass lamps. This can quickly and easily add a little color and ambiance to any room.

Highlight Some Knick-Knacks

If you have some favorite antiques or other odds & ends, you may want to consider displaying them all together on a small desk or shelf with a stained glass lamp. This will set the “old world” mood and makes a great conversation piece for the room.

Cozy Up Your Library

If you have a library, office, or reading nook in your house, it’s the perfect place to put a stained glass lamp. The light is slightly dimmer which gives some mood lighting and makes the perfect cozy spot to read a good book at the end of the day.

Hanging Lamps

Did you know it’s possible to get hanging stained glass lamps (like the ones at They can hang from any room in your house, but a classic spot is over something like a pool table. It makes a great place for family and friends to gather and have fun while giving it that old-school feel.

Fireplace Screens

If you want something a little more unique, look no further than stained glass fireplace screens. The flicker of the flames dancing around makes the colors from the glass splash all over the room and it can look almost hypnotizing!

Window Panels

You can even go the more traditional route and used stained glass windows. You can buy all kinds of shapes and sizes of colored glass windows and a stained glass front door just looks gorgeous.

Ceiling Panels

Perhaps the most “fancy” option is to used stained glass ceiling panels. Depending on the design of your home, you can replace your typical skylight with stained glass ceiling panels. This lets a lot of light through but makes a dramatic difference in the look and feel of the space.

This option costs more, but once you see it in action you’ll understand why!

Stained Glass Never Goes Out of Style

Even though the style may be thousands of years old, these stained glass ideas should prove that there are lots of ways to use them in any home.

If you want even more ideas or some DIY home decor projects, then let us help you make your home look its best!