Jessica Simpson's stained glass window reminds us that some historical features are replicable in a home

Experts say this hack works wonders for adding reflective, colorful light into our home – and it's surprisingly accessible

Jessica Simpson
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Stained glass windows are typically associated with holy sites and historical buildings; however, Jessica Simpson has proved it's possible to recreate this aura in a domestic setting. Implementing them in the home provides interiors with unique, built-in artwork –and we're starting with her abode for inspiration.

The singer, actor, and businesswoman posted a photo set of her red and yellow stained glass window lighting up her dark wood bathroom. It's an unexpected but magnificent accent to the space – and one that's easier to replicate than one may think.

The solution? Window film. This is an easily applicable and customizable window treatment that has similar properties to real stained glass windows. They provide magnificent reflections and colors to a room, so the first step when choosing one is looking at your room's existing scheme.

'A color palette that resonates with your style and uplifts your mood should be the first thing to decide,' says Joanna Baumard, Co-founder of Purlfrost. 'Consider warm tones like yellows, oranges, and reds for a cozy feel, or opt for cool blues and greens to evoke a sense of tranquillity. Vibrant patterns and stained-glass effects can also add visual interest to your space.'

Joanna Baumard
Joanna Baumard

Purlfrost is a market-leading window film and glass coverings company known for its innovating and practical products backed by a great customer service, Since its launch in 2003, Purlfrost have supplied tens of thousands of customers with glass coverings and products for their home, outlet or business.

Stained glass and colored windows are a statement way to dress windows without curtains. They will technically look pretty anywhere, but for maximum impact, consider how the light hits certain spaces.

'It's important to identify key windows in your home where the color will have the greatest impact,' Joanna explains. 'Living areas, kitchens, and spaces that lack direct sunlight are ideal candidates for injecting a pop of color.' 

Jessica has brightened up a dark entryway using this method despite the sun not being direct. 'The interaction between the sun's rays and the tinted hues of the window film will create a stunning visual display, especially when using stained glass designs, transforming these dull areas of a home into a beautiful show of art.'

Stained glass, while gorgeous and unique, can be a significant investment. To try out the look without committing to the commission, Joanna recommends window film as a solid alternative.

'Reflective and mirrored window films are also a good option to consider; they can redirect sunlight deeper into your home and create an illusion of increased brightness,' Joanna suggests. 'Allow these films to bounce natural light around the room, creating a clear and open feel while reducing the need for artificial lighting during daylight hours.'

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Hannah Ziegler
News Editor

Hannah is Homes & Gardens’ News Editor, with a focus on celebrity style and entertainment content. She got her start in media as a digital editorial assistant at ELLE Canada, and has since written about lifestyle and culture for publications such as Nylon and i-D.

Her love of film is rivalled only by one with a great soundtrack, and she hopes to someday decorate a Nancy Meyers-worthy kitchen.