Achieve a stained glass effect without changing your windows. A kitchen or pantry window is a great place to install shelves to store colored glassware, says Susan Sully, author of “Past Present: Living with Heirlooms and Antiques." “The light just comes right through it and really shows them off,” she says.
A nook within a wall of cabinets is lined with reflective turquoise glass. Yellow and green glassware displayed in the nook adds a striking contrast of color. The white chair, carpet and white sheers match the high-gloss cabinets while the bold red curtains and zebra-striped rug lend more pattern and color to the space.
Like red plates, thanks to the proliferation of Christmas's traditional colors, vintage green dishware isn't difficult to find. Ditto for the glassware: the two patterns shown here are 'Moon and Stars' (bottom right) and 'Park Lane' by Colony Glass (upper left) and they're both available in a variety of other pretty hues, as well.
Adjacent to the kitchen, the dining room features the same color palette with sage green walls and light wood cabinets and flooring. Built-in cabinets on one side of the room allow for ample storage space for glassware and dishware.
“The theme was inspired by my love of gold and green,” says Maria Gonzalez of Graceful Order. With inexpensive items—such as the metallic ornaments, faux trees and gold plastic chargers—intermingled with china and glassware in her collection, the effect is seamlessly elegant. “It’s all about creating layers with contrasting colors and textures to create a high-end look on a budget,” Gonzalez says.