Obscure glass ideas, typically in the form of rolled or etched designs, go well beyond the privacy windows of yesteryear. In modern bathrooms, various glass elements throughout bounce light and can offer low to high translucency levels. Translucent surfaces and surroundings make a space seem less confined or more spacious than opaque or solid ones, producing shadows or silhouettes for a what’s-on-the-other-side effect.
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For a main bathroom, users may consider an obscure-glass door inappropriate or a bit unnerving, but for a master ensuite, it can be an alluring feature. Rather than the typical hinged door, go with a more modern sliding-door system on overhead tracks or rails. Unlike the pocket door, which disappears inside the wall, a track on the bedroom side of the space keeps a good-looking door visible from this side whether it’s open or closed. Plain or vaguely patterned obscure glass is fine for the minimalist home, but a leafy, geometric or abstract design works with up-to-date urban, chic or eclectic styles.
You likely don’t want to look at mess or organized chaos going on inside your bathroom cabinets, and with well-obscured glass doors, you don’t have to. In the all-white or pale-toned modern setting, a white-melamine or pale-pine vanity, medicine cabinet or enclosed shelving with etched or rippled glass doors, offers airiness. For the space with a dark edge, consider glass and high-gloss-maple or black-melamine furnishings. With slightly see-through glass, store any “mess” or a cupboard’s contents in attractive baskets or bins. If you have clear glass doors on cabinets or shelving units, back them with glass-laminating sheets or etch them with a glass-etching product for do-it-yourself translucency.
Whatever you call it — the oval office, porcelain thrown, potty — the toilet shouldn’t be directly visible as you enter. If it is, however, a textured glass partition could make it less of a focal “offender” without sacrificing light. You don’t have to fully enclose it; a single or even partial wall will do. The less visible or more inconspicuous the wall’s mounting hardware, the more streamlined and modern the finish.
Bring balance to your modern bathroom with a glass and stone shower stall. The obvious differences between smooth, obscure glass and rugged, natural stone or tile make them visually interesting when paired together. Glass with a vertical-flowing ripple design that mimics rain suits a spalike setting. A mixed-glass shower stall, such as one with an etched-glass band running horizontally across the center one-third of a clear-glass enclosure, creates more airiness in a small space. Again, a glass door or obscure walls with inconspicuous hardware provide a modernized appearance. No matter what the application, tempered obscure glass is a more durable, safer option than nontempered glass for bathroom design, including doors, partitions or windows.