Glass is one of the most common and most beautiful building materials when it comes to interior design. While we tend to think of glass as being fragile, there is actually a wide range of more resilient types of glass, and in the past few decades one of the hottest trends in interior design and architecture alike has been the use of glass balustrades. Add to that the current DIY craze, and it makes sense that glass structures have skyrocketed in popularity. This is a quick explanation as to what glass balustrades are, and how you can use them in your home today.

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What is a Balustrade?

While those in the industry know the ins and outs of balustrades like the back of their hand, it isn’t a term that comes up in everyday speech. So, what is a balustrade, exactly? Simply put, it’s a type of support that either props up other elements of a structure or, in more recent architectural approaches, can stand on its own. You’re almost certainly familiar with balustrades in their ancient form as candlestick-shaped columns and supports for larger structures, such as those found in Assyrian and Greco-Roman architecture. But over time, they have evolved into much more than just that.

Frameless and Semi-Frameless Balustrades

Today, glass balustrades continue to work in that capacity, but with the rise of postmodern architecture, free-standing glass balustrades have likewise risen in popularity.  From terraces and fencing to balconies and beyond, balustrades can be a great way to add a dash of class to any décor setup, and this is especially true when it comes to glass balustrades.

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Frameless and semi-frameless options are among the most popular in terms of glass balustrades. Part of the reason for this has to do with one of the principles of architecture and interior design—namely, the marriage between form and function. Both frameless and semi-frameless glass balustrades are not only functional when it comes to supporting or creating things like staircase railings or fences, but likewise, they lend an overall air of elegance to the form of such structures. What’s more, their see-through nature can make glass balustrades perfect for venues, such as restaurants, which might want a support implement without obstructing the view of guests.

From Pools to Showers

Glass balustrades are surprisingly resilient in terms of their construction and their ability to fit into a variety of different roles within your home’s décor. When it comes to DIY glass balustrade options, everything from fences for pool areas to glass shower screens for the bathroom is on the table. Glass fences are a great example of the aforementioned trend of using free-standing glass balustrades in bold new ways. Smooth glass fencing works especially well in décor setups emphasising minimalism—sometimes, less really is more, and that’s certainly the case with glass pool fencing. Glass shower screens, meanwhile, can be custom cut so as to fit in perfectly with your shower and the rest of your bathroom setup.

From showers and fencing to free-standing symbols of elegance and more, glass balustrades can provide structure and style to any décor setup.