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Here is how you can give a chic look to your old glass panes


COLOURED GLASS used in the dιcor enhance the elegance of the rooms.

Windows: Etchings on the glass of bay windows with horizontal panes impart it with a sleeker look. Take your pick from motifs of storks standing in the marsh or floral designs. Railings: Try using etched glass to fill in the spaces between the railings of a spiral staircase. "Most people prefer filigree designs," says K. M. Arif of Hardware Point, Chenthitta.

Kitchen cabinet: If you want your kitchen cabinet to sport a different look, using etched glass doors and coloured glass on the shelves may be a good alternative. Delicate motifs, along the border of the glass, or small floral designs, on the corners of the glass, give the cabinets a snazzy look. Table: Arif recalls a client coming to him with a beautiful design. The client wanted the motif to be etched on the glass for the dinning table. "The designed glass was fitted over the frame of the table. Lights were used inside the table," says Arif. Teapoys either crafted entirely in glass or fitted with wooden legs can be made attractive with glass designs.

Bathrooms: Etched mirrors and glass partitions can be used to convert your bathrooms into `glamour rooms'. Bath cubicles and doors when etched in misty designs give it an opaque look. Imported etched glass washbasins and washbowls are also available in the market. These are priced at Rs. 12,000 and above.

Cartoon characters: Characters from comic books and popular cartoons are also etched on the glass used to design the rooms of children, says Rajenesh Clement of Hometech Architects and Interior Designers.

M. S. V.

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