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This ’80s Home Trend Is Back

An sliding glass door framed by glass block.

The ’90s may be back when it comes to fashion, but when it comes to interior design, an ’80s home trend is back.

Glass blocks are the ’80s remnant that real estate agents foresee making a true comeback in home design. Can’t quite place the design element? If you’ve ever been inside a house built within that decade, then you’ve definitely seen it. The blocks look like perfect squares made of glass and are stacked on top of one another. Thick, clear lines connect the glass blocks, giving them the look of, well, stacked blocks. While you’d think that such an outdated feature would be a definite no-go these days, it’s actually making a resurgence thanks to the way it lets in natural light while still providing some privacy.

Apartment Therapy spoke with Julie Busby, a top Compass broker and founder of the Busby Group in Chicago, who explained that she had the element in her own home. She told the outlet, “The reason I kept it is that it brought in natural light but distracted from a view of my neighbor’s brick wall.” Also, she noted, people are finding ways to modernize the style. Busby said that she considered painting the grout on her own tiles black in order to create a more contemporary design. While she didn’t ultimately go with this idea, she said that this trendy choice for glass blocks is quite common in industrial-based design cities like New York.

If you want to know more about this re-emerging design trend, or if you have some glass blocks of your own and need to find a reason or excuse to keep them, you can check out all of the details over on Apartment Therapy. 

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Shea Simmons is the Assignments Editor at LifeSavvy. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer with a focus on beauty and lifestyle content. Her work has appeared in Bustle, Allure, and Hello Giggles. Read Full Bio »
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