Stained Glass Kitchen Windows

Adding stained glass kitchen windows will increase the value of your time spent in the kitchen.


When researching kitchen window styles, consider that stained glass kitchen windows add a unique and artistic design for your cooking space. Leaded or colored glass is joined together and can be created in any size or style. Very versatile, stained glass can be formed to fit any kitchen window shape.

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Colorful and comfortable, with vintage-inspired features, cottage kitchens continue to be a popular choice. Painted cabinets, salvaged hardwood flooring and playful patterned fabrics are hallmarks of this casual, family-friendly style. Design by Sarah Richardson


Still the reigning design style, the timeless look of traditional kitchens speaks to most of us. Cabinets can be painted or stained, and glass-front doors are a popular option, as are multipurpose islands. The best traditional kitchens pull in classic elements without looking too stodgy or trapped in a time warp. Keep the look fresh by mixing in modern or industrial elements like these patinated lighting fixtures or streamlined barstools. Design by Rebekah Zaveloff


Transitional kitchens blend the best of traditional familiarity with modern sophistication to create comfortable, livable spaces. The high-end Calacatta marble countertops and built-in breakfast nook are traditional elements, while the sleek wood-veneered cabinets and ebonized flooring are modern influences. Design by Linda Sullivan

Old World

Intricate moldings, hand-carved details and dark woods are hallmarks of this European-influenced style. Although beautiful, these elements can combine to create a kitchen that feels fussy and dark. Designer Sarah Barnard keeps the look fresh by mixing in updated elements, like the armless upholstered barstool, pop of yellow on the island and graphic, embossed concrete backsplash. Photo courtesy of Sarah Barnard Design


Streamlined and sophisticated, modern style is the forward-thinking relative of contemporary. The cabinets in this kitchen, with their unadorned doors, chrome hardware and flush setting, show their contemporary parentage, but the straight lines and matte cabinet finish is all modern.

Design Tip: Keep the look fresh by adding a geometric glass tile backsplash for color. Photo courtesy of Nicole Sassaman


This small galley-style kitchen epitomizes the sleek, chic contemporary look. The custom flush cabinets, with minimalist doors on top and simple oversize chrome pulls on bottom, are hallmarks of contemporary style.

Design Tip: To make a small kitchen feel larger, paint the cabinets and walls a similar shade. Design by Andreas Charalambous


Add a little va-va-voom to the heart of your home with white or richly stained cabinets adorned with ornamental molding. Romantic style is reminiscent of Old World — ornate moldings, furniture-like cabinets and European accents — but with a decidedly feminine feel.

Design Tip: This is one style where you can go for the glitz. Crystal chandeliers are a must, as are elaborate draperies and printed French-inspired wallpaper. Design by Dave Stimmel

From: Dave Stimmel


Simple Shaker-style cabinet door details, rustic hardware and open shelving give this kitchen an updated Craftsman feel. Two-toned cabinets in burgundy and gray resemble individual furniture pieces, while the polished oak floors complement the kitchen's timeless charm. Design by Mary Broerman; photo by Greg Epstein

From: Mary Broerman


In a Tuscan kitchen, cabinets anchor the space with their sun-warmed tones. Often featuring elements that are seen in both traditional and Southwestern design, this warm and family-friendly style feels casually grand. Copper is often a feature, as are handmade tiles and subtly distressed stone or wood floors. Photo courtesy of Jamie Herzlinger

Installing leaded or stained glass in the kitchen offers a great design opportunity as well as a solution to privacy. It not only looks beautiful, it can also provide the privacy that is required while letting in daylight. Additionally, in the daylight, the color scheme of the kitchen will be accented by the natural colors created by the leaded or stained glass.

Stained glass can be fit to your current window frame, or a new window with a new frame can be created. You can achieve the look of custom, made-to-order windows by purchasing collections that are in stock. Popular designs include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Frank Lloyd Wright, and other classic motifs. Floral patterns and landscapes are also popular looks for stained glass.

Antique pieces of all styles and sizes are available, and can be restored when needed. Reclaimed stained glass is becoming rare; it cannot be recreated because of the unique glass styles, and each piece is custom.

Smaller budget options for a stained glass window effect are stained glass sun catchers, which add warmth and color to any kitchen window. Commission a custom piece for an upscale look, or create your own with a simple kit purchased at a craft store.

One of the more functional locations for a stained glass application would be the windows located above the sink, which may overlook an undesirable view or a neighboring house. Adding stained glass will let in natural light while blocking an undesirable view.

If custom is for you, connect with a maker who specializes in kitchen window design and incorporates art-glass for a personalized, custom-made product. Adding stained glass to your kitchen gives you a way to make the space a reflection of you that will increase the value of your time spent in the kitchen.

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