Add a bit of nostalgia and “wow factor” to your home decor with these amazing low-cost tips and ideas by decorating with mercury glass.
How to Use Mercury Glass in Home Decor
If you’ve ever seen mercury glass, you’ll know why it is the new “in” nowadays in homes across the country. With it’s vintage flair and subtle modern vogue, you can’t miss by using it in your own home decor.
Originally, labeled as “poor man’s silver” mercury glass debuted around the mid 1800’s.
It was initially made into ornaments, mirrors and layered glassware. It added a bit of elegance without the cost of using pure silver ornamentation.
However, glass blowers back then used real mercury and sandwiched it between two layers of glass. Since mercury is extremely poisonous, it wasn’t used for dining-ware but more for show.
Fast forward to today and thanks to modern technology and manufacturing, the danger of mercury glass has been eliminated.
That’s because no mercury is used in the making of mercury glass. Instead, a silvering formula is inserted between layers of glass yet offers the same look but without the hazardous consequences of real mercury glass.
How to Use Mercury Glass
When used in displays on mantles or as part of an elaborate tablescape, mercury glass offers a sophistication that doesn’t send it over the top, as does some other surface designs.
But a little goes a long way–just saying.
So how do you decorate with mercury glass? The answer. Choose one or two pieces that speak to your decorating style.
If you love wall art, use a mirror that’s framed or contains with mercury glass and then add a vase on a table with the same coloration.
Mercury Glass is becoming the new “in” for interior designs and no wonder. It’s artsy but vintage, modern but without too much glitz.
Want the cozy feel of a cottage look? Try adding a small chest or table lamp that is highlighted with mercury glass. Or slip in a bowl of mercury glass ornaments that will beautifully reflect the light given off in the room .
Again, it doesn’t take much to make a statement–and, a little goes a long way.
Decorating with Mercury Glass 10 Easy Ways
If you’ve thought about integrating mercury glass into your home decor, look no further than these 10 quick and easy ways that will add instant bling to any room.
1. Mercury Glass Mason Jars
It’s not difficult to add a bit of nostalgia to mason jars. And, what is nice with this display is that it offers a bright and cheerful ambiance next to a flat-colored background. This would be perfect in a kitchen.
2. Mercury Glass Vase
Using a modern chevron design and alternating mercury glass with clear glass, offers a modern twist on it’s vintage cousin. This is perfect as a table centerpiece or on your fireplace mantle.
Source: The Shabby Creek Cottage
DIY Mercury Glass Spray Paint
Make your own one-of-a-kind pieces with this special Looking Glass Spray Paint by Krylon. It’s easy application and drying, which means you’ll get superior results again and again.
3. Shabby Chic Glass Lamp Shade
This lampshade is so beautifully done. In no time, you too can transform a plain light fixture into something that is reflective of a bygone era.
Decorating Tip: Hang three of these over a kitchen island for a bit of an vintage twist.
Source: Tatertots and Jello
4. Table Top Sets
Try placing a couple of mercury glass pieces together on a tray for an elegant look on your dresser, side table or even in a curio cabinet.
5. Glass Urns
There’s something elegant about using mercury glass urns in your home design. Try to group odd lots together. (Usually three objects together is acceptable.) This trio would look lovely off to the side on a mantle or decorative ledge.
6. Garden Glass Cylinders
7. Seasonal Displays with Mercury Glass
It’s easy to change up your interiors with the seasons by using mercury glass. Take this nifty Glass Pumpkin Candy Jar, for example. All it took was a couple of minutes of prep and dry time and whola! a beautiful centerpiece for fall.
Source: The Frugal Homemaker
8. Mercury Glass Lamps
Add the subtle elegance to any room when you decorate with a mercury glass lamp. If you include a sophisticated linen shade (as shown below), you’ll definitely take your room up a notch.
9. Mercury Glass Mirror and Tray
Decorating Tip: Lean the mirror (below) against the wall and place the tray in front. Then, add some flat and reflective baubles on the tray in a mixed-matched fashion, for a one-of-a-kind focal point in your room.
10. Mercury Glass-Inspired Dresser
Even everyday furniture gets a brilliant new face when given a mercury glass-inspired finish. With this design by PotteryBarn, you can easily see how beautiful it’s reflective design will brighten any room. It’s a definite showstopper for sure.
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DIY Mercury Glass – Tutorial
As you have seen, mercury glass does have it’s own vintage roots, and if you look hard enough you might be able to find some great lamps and such at antique stores and at flea markets.
But, just in case you cannot easily one to suit your home decor, here’s an easy Mercury Glass Craft tutorial by Bliss @ Home to make a one-of-a-kind masterpieces that you can incorporate into your own home decor.
For more ideas and creative ways to include mercury glass into your home decor, be sure to check out my Pinterest Board: Decorating Ideas with Wisconsin Homemaker.