Glass, always used in the building world, although often confined to doors and windows, today is experiencing a real revival.
From the walls to the stairs, from the parapets to the furnishings, this material is today a must especially for a contemporary, minimal and elegant design.
Glass is a material that is only apparently fragile, but in reality ultra resistant and aesthetically perfect. Technically it is mainly used in construction, in furnishings and in the technological field.
Of all these sectors, the home sector is the one that allows you to reach the best creative and aesthetic solutions for this product.
In addition, glass for furnishings, in various formats and finishes, is suitable for making elements such as: doors, internal-internal or internal-external partition walls, shower cubicles, low walls, bathtubs, kitchen tops, tables, coffee tables, accessories.
Why choose glass in the home? The advantages are numerous, both functional and aesthetic.
GLASS AND SPACES
First of all, one of the main reasons for choosing glass is that it gives an idea of airiness to all environments. Especially when it is transparent, this material has the effect of “widening” the vision of spaces, giving depth and breadth.
If you have a small living room, use a dividing wall or glass doors can help you achieve this effect.
On the contrary, this material can be a beautiful solution to see to divide the spaces and thus obtain more privacy in the corners of the house where you need it most.
MODERN AND ELEGANT DESIGN
Minimal and elegant, glass helps to give a sense of contemporaneity to the rooms of the house and adds great aesthetic value to the structure.
On the contrary, glass furnishing elements can be used even in more traditional contexts, giving a sense of timelessness to a room.
Glass is no longer as fragile as it once was. Various processes in the production of glass contribute to reinforce the material, making it useful for the most varied applications.
Peace of mind not only in terms of safety of use, but also generated by another factor: in fact, this material reduces the noise levels in the house, limiting the dispersion of sounds between one room and another.
That’s why it is often also used in the office to divide rooms and departments.
In fact, it is undeniable that a house with walls of this material welcomes more light in itself. In fact, for those who dream of rooms flooded with sunlight, this material is ideal.
Furthermore, light helps to transform the face of a room, making it appear larger, more comfortable, with a more “natural” touch.
Furthermore, glass can reflect light, creating particular color effects and increasing the perception of brightness in rooms.
GLASS AS A STRUCTURAL ELEMENT
Speaking of glass in the furniture, we immediately think of shower boxes and tables.
But first I want to show you how this element can also characterize the structural elements of the house, such as the walls and doors.
We all know the beauty of a crystal wall overlooking the outside, but there is a less ordinary alternative: interior windows.
These “transparent walls” are elegant and perfect for separating the environments of the living area without depriving them of light.
In fact, a very trendy solution are the glass walls with the black steel frame: a detail that delimits the surface giving consistency to transparency.
Furthermore, glass partitions can also be used in the sleeping area, in this case creating modern partitions: an original and excellent solution for studios and small apartments.
DOORS AND WINDOWS
If an entire wall seems too much to you, you can limit the choice of glass on the doors: there are beautiful ones, with a modern and minimal design. In fact, in this case there is a wide choice of swing or sliding doors in various types of glass: from transparent to satinized to lacquered.
In fact, the more “traditional” use of glass in the home and in the office concerns doors and windows.
Here particular attention must be paid to the type of furniture in the house, to avoid mistakes. Windows with large glass and a minimal frame are perfect for letting in a lot of light, but are limited to contemporary and minimal designs.
You must then pay attention to the functionality. For a bathroom, a door of this material can be useful, as long as it is opaque. For doors that overlook the garden or a beautiful view, transparency is ideal.
Finally, among the structural elements, also the glass stairs, which they represent one of the most evocative ways of using glass emphasizing the feeling of lightness with elements that seem to challenge the laws of gravity.
The glass can characterize the parapet of the stairs, thus giving the idea that the steps are suspended in the void.
Or the steps themselves can be in glass, to experience the unique sensation of walking in the air. An interesting solution because it allows light to reach even dark and narrow areas.
In addition, tempered glass can also be used for floors or for the parapets of balconies and windows. Perfect uses for a modern style home.
GLASS AS FURNITURE
Embellish a piece of furniture, lighten it and “age” it: glass can characterize some parts of a piece of furniture and has the great advantage of enhancing the materials to which it is combined.
A glass detail makes every room in the house original. Starting from the kitchen, we can choose it for the top, for the internal shelves of the furniture, but also for the doors of the wall units and cabinets.
The showcases in fact, perfect for holding glasses and dishes, they are not just a prerogative of classic or rustic kitchens.
Staying in the living area, there are other elements on which we can appreciate the transparency of this material, including thetable. A large table with a glass top is destined to become the protagonist of the dining room.
Or we can choose the reverse combination: wooden shelf and crystal support. The impalpable element of glass supports the strength and consistency of wood, not only in the tables, but also in the bedroom furniture.
BOOKCASES AND WARDROBES
The glass works well for “bulky” furnishings, which having a certain volume need to be lightened.
So, an excellent idea is to use it in bookcases: not only in shelves and shelves, but also as the only material. The effect is truly innovative and unconventional.
And of course yes to the glass doors for the wardrobes. If you are not convinced by a transparent wardrobe, which lets you see the interior, often inevitably messy, you can choose a satin glass that only lets you glimpse.
We now come to the bathroom furniture, the perfect environment in which to use glass, because with its reflections and its transparency it recalls the element of water. We find it, of course, in the shower stalls where to express itself at its best it must be supported by very thin and almost invisible profiles.
If we want, we can go even further by choosing an original stained glass washbasin.
GLASS AS A FURNISHING COMPLEMENT
Sometimes a few transparent details are enough to give a new and unusual face to an environment, for this reason, glass is perfect if used in furnishing accessories.
LIVING ROOM TABLE
Let’s start from the living area. Glass is perfect in the living room, as a coffee table, because its rigid, transparent and shiny surface contrasts with the softness of the sofa fabrics, cushions, rugs and curtains.
To fully emphasize the characteristics of this element, the design of this complement must be as essential as possible: it is the reflections and gleams of the material themselves that transform into decorative elements and make the object interesting.
What if we wanted to use glass on chairs?
Of course, they can’t be real glass: they would be too heavy to move and would risk breaking easily. But the same effect can be obtained with Plexiglas.
Also known as acrylic glass, this material was invented in the 1930s and has since been used in many sectors, including construction and furnishings.
Unbreakable and scratch-resistant, Plexiglas has the advantage of being lighter and more transparent than glass.
Glass and light go hand in hand, because they enhance each other: the glass is let through by light and amplifies it.
Just think of the famous Murano glass chandeliers or the sumptuous chandeliers of the palaces, a riot of hanging crystals that were used to create complex play of light in the rooms.
In fact, design has taken over and reinterpreted the idea over time, creating chandeliers and pendant lamps that are able to span the decades and survive fashions.
As we have ascertained in this article, glass is one of the most revolutionary materials in terms of furniture.
In fact, it can be used both as regards the external structure of your building and as regards the furnishings of your home.
Using glass for your design brings countless benefits, starting from the greater brightness of your rooms up to the greater spatiality perceived by this type of modern design.
The only disadvantage could be, especially in the presence of children or animals, that of having to pay close attention to every corner of your home to avoid that there can be irreparable trouble!
In this case, the advice is to be very careful. But generally these glasses are resistant enough to be protected from unfortunate attacks by the youngest or the most careless adults.
Finally, this material is more and more of trends, especially regarding modern furnishings. In fact, the latter elected him flag material, since it encloses and represents inside all the main features of these temporary styles: essentiality and brightness.
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