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Cool Ways to Bring Stained Glass Into Your Home

Dating back more than a thousand years, stained glass is one of the oldest art forms out there. These shiny panels of colored glass have a long history as decoration in the windows of churches, temples, and mosques, which has given them a somewhat tired reputation. But not anymore. Thanks to the work of creative designers, the decorative glass is moving out of the holy house and into the home. Read on for our favorite stained glass finds!
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Photo Courtesy of Salone del Mobile Milan

Mid-century style gets a colorful update through this statement-making credenza by Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola and graphic designer Federico Pepe. The piece was recently exhibited at Milan's annual Design Week.

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Photo Courtesy of West Elm

There's no need to invest in custom windows or a fancy credenza in order to jump on the bandwagon. Let some light into your life with West Elm's simple paneled glass lanterns. Outside or inside, these blue and green beauties bring a colorful glow to any space.

Paneled Glass Lanterns from West Elm, $16-$24

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Photo by Amy Gwatken / Courtesy of Caventou

What if you could have the function of a phone charger and the beauty of stained glass all in one? Dutch designer Marjan van Aubel created a series of modern stained glass windows that harness energy from the sun to charge your devices. How's that for a bright idea?

The window, as well as a stained glass charging table, are both available for pre-order through Caventou.

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Photo Courtesy of Society 6

Speaking of phones -- if a sun-fueled stained glass window charger is a little too much for you to swallow right now, there are plenty of phone case options available that simply take on the artful appearance of stained glass.

Shop the above and more stained glass inspired cases from Society 6.

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Photo Courtesy of Urban Outfitters

Summer may be right around the corner, but with these geometric sun catchers sitting in your window, you'll be catching rays all year long. Sun catchers are the easiest way to add a taste of colored glass to your space.

Magical Thinking Glass Hexagon Wall Sculpture from Urban Outfitters, $17.99

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Photo Courtesy of ArtfullyFeathered / Etsy

When the mosaic form is replicated on a hand-watercolored pillow, it's hard to resist. Pastel painted shades give us a glimpse of the colorful fragments that make up a stained glass masterpiece.

Stained Glass Throw Pillow from Etsy, $22

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Photo by Tessa Neustadt for Emily Henderson

This jewel-toned window in the "Fig House" lounge designed by Emily Henderson changes the game. If you're ready to commit to colorful sunshine streaming into your interiors, check out Judson Studios -- the makers behind the anything-but-traditional window above.