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Good for: Modern kitchens and nonneatnik homeowners. Frosted glass, which is blasted with sand or grit to achieve its translucent quality, lends a cool, sleek feel to a space. Because it screens the objects it fronts (some better than others), you can probably get away with a stack of mismatched melamine or a jumble of tumblers. You also can have frosted glass etched with custom designs to add one-of-a-kind style.
Also consider ... Frosted doesn't mean opaque. Visitors might not be able to read the words on your cereal box through the glass, but they can tell when the items on the shelves have collapsed into a big mess. Dedicate a little time daily or weekly to keeping things organized.
Good for: Eye appeal. Textured glass is just what it sounds like: glass molded or embossed with a pattern for visual and tactile appeal. It can be ribbed, pebbled, grooved, beveled or otherwise patterned. It's popular not only because of the layer of interest it adds, but because it helps to blunt the outlines of cabinet flotsam within, and it masks smears and streaks well.
Good for: Vintage chic. Seeded glass, which dates back to colonial times, is pocked with tiny bubbles, which give it its name. It usually has a wavy quality as well. Its hand-crafted look and old-fashioned appeal make it a natural fit for cottage, Shaker and traditional kitchens.