Stained glass has been around for centuries. The traditional styles of stained glass and their timeless beauty can be seen all around, from the ancient cathedrals of Europe to small, unexpected windows in older, inner city homes. Traditional church stained glass frequently told a story, illustrated a scene from the bible, or portrayed a religious icon. This is what most people think of when they think of traditional stained glass.

Contemporary styles of stained glass with their modern designs are equally as beautiful. These days, even churches choose modern designs, and contemporary stained glass can be seen everywhere from the homes built by Frank Lloyd Wright to modern municipal buildings that commission stained glass artists to make major pieces.

So if you were going to commission a stained glass window or door for your home or office, which would you choose when it comes to a choice between traditional vs. contemporary?

By choosing custom stained glass you can bridge the gap between the two styles. You can use elements of each, or incorporate traditional design in a modern window or door. If you love the antique, timeless look of Celtic design or the traditional stained glass rose designed by Scottish master Charles Rennie Mackintosh, (known as the Glasgow Rose), but also like modern geometrics, there is simply no conflict!

When you work with Custom Stained Glass, there is no limit to the type of design you can have. Traditional vs. contemporary design is no longer an issue. If your home is modern, but your taste is more toward antique or traditional looks, let one of our designers create a pattern that perfectly melds the two flavors in your home.

If you live in an old Victorian, but your taste runs to minimalism, again – no problem. When you set up your in-home consultation with one of our design staff, simply tell us what you want. Explain it as best you can, look at all our different photos and samples, and finish with the perfect design that meets your tastes and complements your architecture and décor too.

It’s not impossible, and it’s actually a lot of fun. Our clients report that the design part of the process is much more fun than they imagined. You can collaborate on the design to whatever degree you prefer, and weigh in with your ideas on traditional vs. contemporary.

Or perhaps you love stained glass, but have no idea what we are talking about in terms of traditional styles vs. contemporary styles. If you’d like to see what we mean, take a look at our stained glass gallery of photos. These are just some of the patterns we have created for clients over the past two decades.

Here are some examples of traditional stained glass designs.
Here are some examples of contemporary stained glass designs.

Why not take the next step? Call us today to set up an in-home consultation with a stained glass designer from Custom Stained Glass!

Martin Faith

Martin Faith is a proud Scotsman, art connoisseur, and the owner of Custom Stained Glass. Martin learned how to make stained glass windows in Glasgow and possesses over 35 years of industry experience. After moving to the United States, he began selling items from his antique collection and opened his own studio. Today, his company produces some of the finest stained glass windows in the nation. Over the years, Martin's company has created more than 50,000 custom stained glass, beveled, and leaded glass windows for homes, churches, and buildings across the country.