Here's What You Need to Know About Stained Glass Windows

Stained-glass windows come in a variety of styles, designs and colors. Get expert tips on designs, patterns and even panels.

Traditional Bathroom With Stained Glass Windows

Traditional Bathroom With Stained Glass Windows

Beautiful, Gothic style stained glass windows make a dramatic statement in this traditional bathroom. Using the same tile pattern on the bathtub surround and on the shower walls doesn't distract from the unique windows and gives the bathroom a spa feel.

Photo by: James Ray spahn

James Ray spahn

Stained glass windows, which came into fashion in Gothic churches, are a beautiful way to add color and architectural detail to a home.

Many places make custom windows, which work as new or replacement windows, to suit your home’s design. You can also get a one-of-a-kind look with a vintage window.

Another way to get the stained-glass look without the price is to buy panels or art pieces and hang them from a window or in a room.  For the DIYers, there are kits and also window film, which is a simple, quick way to get the look.

Window Panels

Stained glass window panels are a popular way to add the color and charm of stained glass without the headache of installation. Many architectural salvage shops sell vintage windows that can be used as panels. The panels are typically suspended from a window frame by a thin chain, which allows them to be easily removed for cleaning, or to switch a panel, for example, seasonally.

Panels can also be purchased from stained glass companies, and you can also buy directly from artists online, in galleries and at places like craft fairs.


Stained glass window hangings are a great alternative to a painting. They offer similar color and presence and come in a variety of patterns and designs, from traditional to Arts and Crafts to modern.

Hang a long narrow one above a window or door, suspend two large ones above your end tables or use one in a bedroom for a romantic look.


Stained glass window patterns and designs are based on the type of glass (opalescent or cathedral), the texture (beveled, crackled and seedy, for example) and the way the glass is arranged in the window frame.

Traditional patterns include clovers, flowers, religious symbols and geometrics. A rose window or Catherine window is an ancient design, often seen in churches, whose mullions form the shape of a rose.

Modern stained glass patterns include Arts and Crafts, abstract, natural world (birds, flowers, trees – even holly berries for Christmas) and geometrics.

How to Make a Stained Glass Window

To make a real stained glass window requires extensive training and tools. However, many companies offer startup kits, which allow you to buy tools, glass and patterns then show you step-by-step how to create a window.

Another option for the DIYer is window film. This self-adhesive film can be found at department stores, discount stores and home stores, alike. It peels on and off, and instantly makes any window look like stained glass.

Stained-Glass Window 04:27

John and Jimmy DiResta are called upon to create a stained-glass window.

Next Up

Everything You Need to Know About Window Sills and Trim

Get tips for choosing the right window casing, installing it and maintaining it properly.

How to Know Whether You Should DIY Broken Window Glass

Here are the pros and cons of replacing a broken or fogged windowpane.

Home Window Repair Is Easy When You Know How

Take the mystery out of home window repair with these expert tips.

Find Out What a Picture Window is and How to Decorate It

Picture windows increase the light in the room, but their large size can make them difficult to decorate. Get window treatment tips and more.

All About the Different Kinds of Windows

From casement to clerestory, windows come in a variety of designs and styles. Here’s what you need to know to choose the right one for your home.

How to Choose the Best Exterior Window Trim for Your Home

Exterior window trim isn’t just a pretty face. It’s made to cover gaps keep your home sound and free from water, heat and humidity. 

How to Tell a Single-Hung Window From a Double-Hung

Single-hung and double-hung windows have pros and cons. Here’s how to know which is right for your home.

Is The Standard Window Size a Myth?

Learn about the most common window sizes and whether there really is such a thing as a standard window dimension.

Have it Made in the Shade With the Right Window Awnings

Window awnings not only keep your house cool, they block harmful UV rays and add curb appeal. Find out which type is best for your home.

Find Out What a Window Frame Is And Why It's Important

Knowing the window frame’s makeup and materials can help you make a better choice.

Get Social With Us

We love to DIY. You love to DIY. Let's get together.

Discover Made + Remade

See the latest DIY projects, catch up on trends and meet more cool people who love to create.

Make It. Fix It. Learn It. Find It.