Stained glass windows are not just for churches, synagogues and cathedrals. A modern stained glass window can make an impressive style statement. But, nowadays people prefer faux stained glass window film instead of the conventional stained glass. A faux stained glass window film mimics the look of a stained glass window at the fraction of its cost. It is a kind of film that can be installed on any window and it comes in many designs, patterns and sizes. This kind of window films are of two types, adhesive-backed or static cling. Static cling films are easier to remove and are reusable, but are more difficult to clean as they attract dust. If you are interested in updating the decor of your home, without breaking the back, then you can consider installing stained glass window film.
Designs of Faux Stained Glass Window Film
Creating a stained glass window is a labor intensive process which requires considerable skill and creativity. You can always purchase a stained glass window and get it installed, but the prices of a stained glass window is considerable even for the most simplest design. So the next best thing to do is get stained glass window film. These films are a low-cost option and you can choose from a variety of designs and styles. Most laymen will not be able to tell the difference between a traditional stained glass window and a stained glass window film. The best thing about these window tinting films is that installation is very easy and you can do it yourself in a matter of minutes. Remember to choose a design that matches the overall decor of your home. If you have a modern minimalistic home decor with clean lines and a monochromatic color scheme, then stick to geometric patterns in stained glass films. Use just three or four colors so that the colors pop out and make your room look cozy and inviting.
If you live in a country-style house, then of course you can go for more intricate designs. Leaves, flowers, vines, birds and butterflies all make good patterns for this purpose. Natural landscapes, seascapes or small underwater life are also some good design options for decorative stained glass window films. These window films are excellent for providing privacy for those windows where installing curtains and drapes are not that practical.
How to Make a Stained Glass Window Film
You can even make your very own stained glass window film at home. This allows you to create your own unique design and pattern. To create this, you will need a computer, an inkjet printer and static cling film sheets. First you need to choose the size of the glass window cling in the graphics program. Next you need to create a pattern or design of your choice whether abstract or otherwise. Try to use bright colors with dark outlines to create your design. This will make your design more attractive and eye-catching. Do not make too many intricate designs in your first attempt, as this requires a lot of practice and patience. Stick to a simple design that is easy to print.
Once you are satisfied with the design, print it out on a plain sheet of paper. If you are happy with the outcome and also the design and color intensity, print the image on the cling film. Now use a craft knife to cut out the image to the required size. Peel the backing of the glass window cling and carefully place it on the window. Smoothen out the edges of the cling, and make sure that you remove any bubbles or wrinkles beneath the cling for a smooth finish. Your stained glass window film is ready and all you need to do is install it over the window pane.
It is a very good way to dress up your windows without spending too much. Stained glass windows are beautiful and timeless and will inject your home with warmth and color. This type of faux stained glass window films are practical and cost-effective. The best thing about such decorative window films is that they are easy to clean and are low maintenance.