Using glass in home’s design

How to Use Glass to Revive Your Home’s Design

Posted by | 16-12-2019

Some designs are timeless, while others require updates from time to time. Unfortunately, remodelling an entire house isn’t something every homeowner can afford. It takes time, money, and plenty of professional help to overhaul a house.

Glass home design is a great way to revive the appearance of an older home’s design without breaking the bank. It’s surprising how big of a difference it makes to add a few new glass elements to your living space.

At Glass Showers & More, we work with homeowners on several projects, supplying everything from new shower doors to new front door window inserts. We’ve made it our job to understand what’s hot in home design and help our customers find products that make their home feel fresh and new.

Are you looking for some insight on how to use glass in home design? Here are some tips from the expert team at Glass Showers & More.

Glass Enclosures for a Better View

If you have a fantastic view from your home, the worst thing you can do is obstruct it with wood or metal fencing. A simple update that makes a huge impact is adding a glass enclosure to your deck or balcony in place of an opaque fence.

Glass enclosures are made using large, durable glass panels. They withstand the elements and are designed to take an impact without breaking. Here in Ontario, we see some nasty weather in the winter, and homeowners might be concerned that a glass enclosure will shatter.

The glass used in outdoor fencing is unique and made specifically to stand up to Canadian weather. This lets you enjoy the view, stress-free.

Swap Out Surfaces for Glass

Nothing opens a living space more than glass. Whether you live in a huge condo with vaulted ceilings or a tiny 1-bedroom apartment, switching your standard oak dining table for a glass-topped chrome dining set will make a huge difference to your space. This modern look is clean, airy, and light, brightening any space immediately.

One of the reasons glass opens up a room so quickly is because the light entering through windows and skylights isn’t being absorbed by dark wood or plastic. Instead, it can reflect and refract through the glass, casting bright light throughout your home.

Create a Mirror Statement Wall

Mirrors are an amazing tool for small spaces. They create the illusion that everything is longer and wider than it really is. They also bounce light throughout your house, creating a bright living space you won’t want to leave.

A wonderful new trend is incorporating mirrors into a statement wall. Whether you choose one large ornate mirror or select many tiny intermingling mirrors, the point is to design an eye-catching, reflecting wall to open the room, brighten the space, and modernize your home.

Shock Guests with Glass Floors

A super-modern addition to any outdated design is glass flooring. Glass floors aren’t a new concept, but they’re so rarely seen in standard homes that it’s a shock to step onto one. Glass floors help brighten rooms and reduce the feeling of claustrophobia in smaller spaces. A bonus to having a glass floor in one room is that you have a glass ceiling in the room below it.

A glass ceiling into an upstairs space is perfect for darker rooms, like those situated in the basement. Most basement rooms have smaller windows that allow less light to filter in. A glass ceiling/floor concept allows the natural light from the main level to spill into your downstairs.

Aside from the brightness factor, glass floors are downright shocking. You may find many of your guests wondering if they’re ok to walk on. This will leave you home the talk of the town for a long time to come.

Textured Glass Pieces

Textured and designed glass are making a splash in modern home design. Kitchen island tops, tabletops, shower doors, and even entire walls are being designed using textured glass. This beautiful style of glass allows all the light with no detraction of privacy.

Depending on the piece you’re using the textured glass for, you may need a thicker, more durable glass. It’s important to discuss with your glass specialist the use of each piece. This helps ensure that the glass is strong enough for its intended use.

Glass Lighting Fixtures

Gone are the days of chrome and copper. The latest lighting trend is glass on glass. Frosted glass, clear glass, geometric crystallized glass, and textured glass are all making a comeback in this year’s lighting fixtures. From full-sized chandeliers to three-tiered lighting arrangements, you’ll find glass making a big difference to every room in your home.

Unlike the metal fixtures popular in the past, glass lighting fixtures don’t block any of the light from the bulb. You can use tinted glass to change the way the light looks in different rooms or soften the light with frosted or textured glass.

Glass in the Bathroom

From partition walls to swinging shower doors, glass gives a bathroom the clean, bright look modern designers are going for. There’s been a recent renewal of the spa theme for bathrooms this year. More homeowners are choosing to use white linens, glass shower doors instead of shower curtains, white accessories, and shiny chrome plumbing fixtures.

Using glass home design in the bathroom takes a room that could be considered mundane and turns it into something truly luxurious. Take your time, enjoy your shower, bath, or facial with clear, clean glass and white tile.

Choose the Glass Experts

Using glass in home design is tricky and requires the work of a trained professional. When you choose a specialist to install your glass products and services, it helps to speak with them directly. Ask about:

  • Prior projects
  • Types of glass offered
  • Suggestions for modernizing your home with glass
  • What experience they have with glass home design

If you’re interested in learning more about using glass in your home design, call Glass Showers & More at 1-416-800-1156 or contact us here.

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