Glass is an incredibly versatile material that could make an incredible impact on the brightness and comfort inside your home
Through its use in architectural and interior design, you may be able to transform a generally darker space into a bright and vibrant area to enjoy. Brightening spaces in your home is not only useful for obvious reasons but can also positively impact your health. Studies have shown that exposure to sunlight could help to boost your vitamin D, prevent seasonal depression, improve your sleep, and even lower stress levels. With potential benefits like these, let’s take a look at some practical ways you can bring glass into your home and brighten as well as expand the interior spaces.
There are plenty of options when it comes to the potential use of glass in your home. One method may be introducing glass decor and furniture. The reflective and refractive properties of this material paired with interior design can help to make spaces feel more substantial, natural and comfortable. They can bring in and be used to enhance views, illuminate surfaces, and even diffuse light depending on the application. You may consider adding glass furniture items such as tables, lampshades, shelving, and mirrors. These pieces of furniture could help to reflect light and diffuse it throughout your home.
The applications of glass in the architecture of your home have a significant potential to bring in that natural light that can change a living space. Such applications include:
This non-traditional window is generally placed on the roof of a building and tends to be fixed in place. These can be especially effective for bringing natural light into a space that doesn’t typically have traditional windows.
Solid doors can be replaced in favor of glass doors to allow light into your home. If you still want the privacy that is provided by a traditional solid door, there are options such as frosted glass.
Clerestory windows provide an option that has outstanding ventilation and daylighting benefits. These are non-traditional windows that are located high up, well above eye level, on your wall. Because of their location they can also be a unique part of the passive cooling of your home.
Depending on the design of your home, you may want to consider using glass in part of or as an interior wall. This stylish design choice could easily bring light into spaces deeper into the home that do not normally receive natural light through a window or some other source. There are plenty of interesting designs that incorporate glass in this way, so it is just a matter of finding something that you like.
It is possible that you are not in the market to start tearing holes into your home to introduce glass walls, additional windows or any other potentially expensive structural options. In this case, using the furniture/decor option is most likely the way to go. However, you may also be able to use existing surfaces to your benefit as well.
Polishing your countertops or other naturally reflective surfaces could be a quick way to get that light reflecting in your home. Using methods to bounce light through the use of mirrors or even the installation of light shelving in your home are also efficient.
Whichever method you choose, the use of glass and other reflective surfaces in your home to bring in, reflect, and diffuse light can make a significant impact on interior spaces and potentially your health. For architectural options, you should seek professional assistance to ensure the proper use and installation.