If you’ve been anywhere near a HomeGoods, Pottery Barn, West Elm, er, anywhere else that sells home decor lately, you’ve probably noticed a resurgence of mercury (or “silvered”) glass. Blame it on the popularity of rustic, antique, and farmhouse design, or just on the fact that modern innovation has allowed us to bring back this beautiful glass without the dangerous mercury. So what ties mercury glass to vintage taste, and why does everyone love it?
It all started in the 1840’s in what is now the Czech Republic. Silvered glass was popular among the poor for it’s uncanny ability to imitate real silver. Now, we imitate it very well, and we that love design love the sparkle, charm, and versatility that it brings to a space. Take a look at some inspired interiors that utilize this beautiful accessory.
The glass here offers a nice but fitting break from this homely and monochromatic corner.