WHAT GLASSWARE PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE AT HABITAT?
Maybe it's just our opinion, but at Habitat we believe glassware is one of the most beautiful things you can have in a home. Drinking glasses are a prerequisite on the practicality front (that goes without saying) but there’s something rather striking about arranging them on display in a statement dresser. Standing tall in your kitchen or dining room, there’s nothing quite like the glittering of the glass as the sunlight - or moonlight - pours in through a nearby window. Try it, and you’ll soon see what we mean. Before you can do that though, you need to choose some glasses…
That fact is that the very aesthetic of glassware - shiny, new, sleek and contemporary - effortlessly plays into the decor of your home. Even the most simplistic of styles, such as your basic water glasses, can look striking, yet we recommend opting for a mix of styles; think tall, elegant wine glasses sitting alongside short and sweet tumblers, preferably with quirky design details.
More often than not, dressers and glass-panelled cupboards tend to be used as for display over function. Somewhere to keep safe all your best crockery and glassware. This is where you might often showcase the best of your collection, such as the family china, luxe champagne flutes and highball cocktail glasses. But why reserve things for special occasions? After all, you only get one life, why not live it in style all year round?
WHAT OTHER GLASS PRODUCTS ARE AVAILABLE TO COMPLETE YOUR SET?
For those who really want to up the ante in the style stakes, glassware can often take the form of a purely decorative addition to the home. For instance, imagine the sophisticated beauty of a vintage-style decanter. Spotted in many a period drama over the years, an ornate decanter is the perfect addition to any drinks trolley, retro sideboard, dining table or dresser. Decanters are the ideal choice for storing strong spirits and liqueurs, such as whisky and brandy; the type of drinks you dip into occasionally, rather than consume in one sitting. Rather than its more 'everyday' friend, the carafe, the stopper on top means it can sit there for as long as you want it to. In the meantime, its retro vibe effortlessly elevates your interior design.
If, on the other hand, you’re a wine devotee, then a carafe is well worth the investment. Fuss-free in form, the carafe is similar to a decanter, yet comes without the stopper on top. When it’s full of wine though, we have to admit we tend to finish every drop. The French prefer to serve their wine in this way, a serving method adopted by many restaurants the world over. If it’s chic enough for the French…
On a slightly more practical note, we also suggest purchasing a glass jug or two - the most elegant way to offer water to guests. Add a few lemons, with copious cubes of ice, for a refreshing drink on a warm summer’s day. Speaking of which, always bear in mind that a glass jug is the only way to serve Pimm’s. (Preferably in the garden. British weather allowing.)
GLASS COLOURS, PATTERNS AND SIZES
When it comes to making your glassware stand out, the devil is in the detail, with coloured drinking glasses always a great way to go. If you aren’t too sure about going wild with too many noticeable hues, we suggest opting for blue wine glasses or tumblers. These are, of course, not too dissimilar in shade to everyday glasses - when sitting alongside clear glasses, blue can catch the light, making the whole selection reminiscent of the ripples in the ocean. It’s subtle, but very striking.If you do prefer brighter shades and hues, then we also offer orange, purple and metallics within our selection. Just remember to buy before you have a drink or two, just to be sure you really intend to be so 'colour happy'. Drinking and shopping at the same time can boast an interesting outcome. (Trust us.) Of course, variety doesn’t have to be colour based - our glasses come in a number of shapes and styles, from thick stem wine glasses, to large or small. Wine glasses can actually come with or without stems, and there is no right or wrong choice - it all depends on your individual style. Just remember - the style of the stems tend to be characterised as white wine or red wine; the thicker the stem, the darker the drink. (We did try to think of a crafty rhyme to help get the point across, but we think we might need a glass of wine first.)
HOW ELSE CAN YOU ACCESSORISE YOUR TABLE?
The most beautifulsettings are made up of many chic components, all working together to create a stunning arrangement. You can have the most glamorous glasses the world has to offer, but if the rest of your accessories don’t ‘bring it’ to the table, then the impact is lost. So how do you create a showstopper?
Bearing in mind we are looking to bring our glasses to the forefront, thein the room immediately comes to mind - one statement light will tie the whole table together, not to mention make the glasses delicately sparkle. For maximum effect, add several low slung pendant lights over the top of the table, or drape fairy lights in an artful manner. To this end, also work well for a little illumination.
In the case of choosing your table linen, choose carefully - this forms the base of the whole table arrangement, as does the crockery and cutlery you select to sit on top. One basic rule of thumb, is not to overdo it; if the linen is patterned, opt for block colouredand glassware. If it’s pared back, say, white or cream in colour, then feel free to have a little more fun with how you adorn it.
In reality, from structural vases to floral arrangements, candelabras to tiny tea lights, there are many ways to make a table setting truly unique to you. Looking for a few more tips that will inevitably impress your guests? Take a look at the ‘Homing in: how to set the perfect dining table’ post over on the Habitat blog. Bon Appétit.