Stained Glass vs. Back Painted Glass

The use of stained glass has been around for centuries. The ancient Romans were the first to figure out how to add colors to glass to create art. They then added this technique to glass but allowed it to be translucent and began using the lightly painted glass, fit into a rigid frame, to create beautiful murals. Most of this type of art was reserved for architecture such as churches and museums as it took took many man-hours and precise technique and skill.


Recently back painted glass has become increasingly popular because of its ability to spice up any room, its ease of use, and low cost.  Back painted glass is a more modern form of stained glass where the back of the glass is painted so that you can see the color from the front. It can be used in kitchens, bathrooms, offices, and architectural designs.


There both advantages and disadvantages to using either types of glass and at CBD glass we want to discuss those options to help you choose the best fit for your home.

Stained Glass

Advantages                                                                            Disadvantages

– Classic beauty                                                                     – Expensive

– Reflects sunlight to keep rooms cool                             – Difficult to install

– Versatile                                                                               – Limited light

– Difficult to replace

Back Painted Glass

Advantages                                                                            Disadvantages

– Unlimited color choices                                                    – less resistant to heat

– Cost effective                                                                       – usually non-translucent

– Install anywhere

– Easy to clean and durable

– Modern look

– Privacy

As you can see back painted glass has many advantages and is much easier to work with and customize. It brings a more modern look to your home, is simple to install, and can be made to fit any room or office.  If you’d like to learn more about any of our custom glass products like glass countertops & glass backsplashes, contact us today!