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Here’s How You Can Get in on This Cheery Glassware Trend, Starting at $8

published Jul 29, 2022
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Tabletop trends come and go, but one that’s recently re-entered the collective design world is colorful glassware — whether it’s pink champagne coupes, bright blue tumblers, or any shade (or shades!) of the rainbow in between. Believe it or not, the colorful decorative vessels you’re seeing today actually have some ties to the early 20th century, when what’s known as Depression Glass became commonplace in the United States. Following the stock market crash of 1929, glassmakers shifted from manufacturing luxury crystal to more inexpensively-produced colored glass products. These relatively low-cost wares were then mass marketed as little luxuries the average family could still indulge in, bringing a sense of normalcy and optimism into Depression-era homes.

It’s no surprise that these cheery-hued glass styles have made a resounding comeback — albeit this time around with double the design variety. There are more ways than ever to display colored glassware, too, via bar carts, open kitchen shelving, fireplace mantels, bookcases, and beyond. That’s not to say this fad’s purely decorative though: Adding a fun colored cup to your beverage rotation (and tablescape situation) instantly guarantees a little extra dose of everyday joy, no matter what you’re drinking.

While you can still luck out collecting original Depression Glass pieces from vintage sellers (or maybe even your own grandparents’ houses?), most modern brands have leaned into this look with their own new, stylish iterations. Just so you don’t have to, I scoured the home market to find some of the prettiest, well-made, and display-worthy pieces out there. Raise a (colored) glass to a few of my favorites below, categorized by style in a medley of shades, silhouettes, and sets versus individual pieces (just make note of the price differences).

Credit: Photo: Alpha Smoot; Prop Styling: Ed Gallagher

Colored Wine Glasses

You have your red or white wine preferences, now take advantage of color specifics for your wine glasses, too. Stock up on monochromatic sets, or play with different heights, hues, and shapes (take inspo from the above photo!) to really make your bar cart collection sing.

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Food52
$68.00

Food52 categorizes this vintage-inspired set as cocktail glasses, but the goblet shape and amber color would pair perfectly with your fave vino, too. Each textured vessel has been handmade by master Italian glassmakers and comes in four other hues that beg for mixing and matching.

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Anthropologie
$18.00

These charming glasses from Anthropologie are totally timeless, with vintage-inspired details like a goblet shape and bee motif. Made in France in a factory that has been producing glass since 1475 (!!), these pretty pieces are heirlooms in the making.

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Nordstrom
$185.00

Arguably one of the most popular, contemporary colored glassware trailblazers, Estelle Colored Glass has just about every wine and stemware style under the sun covered. The brand's collection runs the jewel-toned and pastel gamut, all of which are inspired by founder Stephanie Summerson Hall’s grandmother, Estelle, who loved antiquing. That means a modern-meets-vintage vibe defines each of her pretty, hand-blown pieces, known as “jewels for your table,” and, even though a little pricy, they're a solid jumping-off point for your own glassware collection.

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Food52
$46.00

Wine night, meet these chic charcoal stemless glasses! Proof that colored decor doesn’t have to be over-the-top in boldness, this set of four sippers is made in Italy and composed of shatter-resistant crystal, so they're as sturdy as they are beautiful.

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Pottery Barn
$89.00

Instead of skewing vintage, this quad of glasses from Pottery Barn is decidedly modern, with a ribbed texture and citron hue that is sure to turn a few heads. Bonus: They're hand-blown, which makes them an even more impressive addition to your bar cart or wet bar.

Credit: Photo: Alpha Smoot; Prop Styling: Ed Gallagher

Colored Cocktail Glasses

Cheers to leveling up your G&T or margarita game with a colored cocktail glass, here featuring selections from home hotspots like Burke Decor, CB2, and Amazon. Versatility is also the name of the game with these styles; most work just as well outside of happy hour, too.

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Burke Decor
$60.00

Add not one but four new pops of color to your glassware collection with this mini multi-hued set. Each cup measures just 3.75 inches tall and 3 inches wide, aka the perfect petite footprint for compact bar carts or almost-at-capacity cabinets. You can even consider doubling down on these as dinnertime water glasses, and let everyone in the family pick out their own favorite hue.

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Feste
$24.00
was $60.00

Party-planning brand Feste may specialize in hosting essentials, but that doesn’t mean these blush-toned ribbed coupes have to be reserved for special occasions only. You can go way beyond just bubbly here, too. Give an at-home espresso martini the luxe restaurant-worthy treatment, or glam up a go-to dessert. If anything, a pair of these timeless, mouth-blown styles — sourced from a very special, old-school Czech Republic glassworks company — guarantees an instant #shelfie standout.

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Coming Soon
$28.00

Exclusive to the New York-based decor shop Coming Soon, these MAMO cocktail glasses are as fun as they are functional: Flip one over, and the 2 oz. bottom portion actually operates as a shot glass or jigger. (Genius, right?) Although they're on the splurgier side, the hourglass shape lends a contemporary, almost sculptural quality, to this easy-to-hold design. The mellow green tone is available alongside 13 other shades, including a few dual-color styles, as well.

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Amazon
$19.79
was $26.99

Pretty-in-pink coloring! Gold rim! Less than $20 a pair! Although technically crystal, there’s a lot to love about these dainty coupes. In fact, you’d never know they came from Amazon, as opposed to a high-end modern home brand.

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Sur La Table
$8.00

What’s better than a colored double old-fashioned glass? A textured colored double old-fashioned glass, like this ocean blue number from Sur la Table. Made by high-quality tabletop brand Fortessa, this beauty is dishwasher-safe (!), under $10 a pop, and comes in additional hues if you prefer a different shade.

Credit: Photo: Alpha Smoot; Prop Styling: Ed Gallagher

Colored Everyday Drinking Glasses

Kicking off every morning with water or iced coffee in a playful pastel glass? Yes, please! Prepare to make room (but not much) for these small space-friendly, colorful styles, all popular picks from West Elm, Crate & Barrel, and Coming Soon… and for very good reason (more on that below).

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West Elm
$25.60
was $32.00

This grapefruit-hued, fluted beauty is made of acrylic, not glass, but it’s arguably way too pretty to not include here (or use 24/7). Designed by Aaron Probyn exclusively for West Elm, this best-selling style is virtually shatter-proof, making it the perfect option for sipping at picnics, parties, and every occasion in between. While you can’t go wrong with a set of four for $32, you can also stock up on a set of 16 — which includes shorter sizes, too — for $120.

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Coming Soon
$35.00

Designer Sophie Lou Jacobsen’s Ripple Glasses have been all over social media lately and for good reason. The fun shape alone is an obvious glassware game changer, but add a few vibrant hues into the mix and these ultra-cool cups are officially in a league of their own. Choose from a four-piece set in green, pink, amber, blue, or lilac, and keep their flexibility in mind — they all double nicely as a new vase or centerpiece vessel, too, if you want to treat yourself to just one.

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West Elm
$28.00

A taller take on colored glass, pieces from West Elm’s beloved Essential Stacked collection nest into one another for easy storage. I actually use these Highballs as my own go-to glasses and can confirm both the sophisticated shape and blue shade brighten up even the most seemingly mundane beverages. Beyond that, I honestly love seeing them in action around my apartment, even if it’s just a water-filled one on my nightstand. Bring home a set of four or eight in amber or green as well, and choose the shorter style if that's more to your liking.

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Pottery Barn
$99.00

If punchy, juicy shades are more your style, look no further than this vibrant set of tumblers from Pottery Barn. With a summery combo of tangerine and teal, this playful set is perfect for sipping lemonade poolside or mixing up an after-beach mocktail.

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Urban Outfitters
$50.00

This duo of glasses from Yield is as practical as they are beautiful, thanks to double-walled construction that helps keep drinks hot or cold while maintaining a comfortable touch. Bonus: The borosilicate glass is extra durable, so you don't have to stress about these breaking when you wash them or set them down on the table.

This piece is part of Color Month, where we’re showing you the best ways to inject more color into your home and life. From paint color combos to vibrant house tours, head over here to see it all. 

This post originally appeared on Apartment Therapy. See it there: This Cheery Glassware Trend Is Everywhere — Here’s How You Can Get the Look, Starting at $8