In addition to traditional interior design techniques, the innovative use of glass products can create the illusion of space. The use of light neutral colours such as white, beige and off-white, for walls, floors and furniture will assist in achieving this effect. However, glass panels, windows, glass tables, and mirrors could potentially double the look of your space. Rooms that have a lot of natural light will always appear more spacious. Therefore, it is imperative to take full advantage of all natural light available. The use of glass in this way can transform small studio apartments, terrace houses, units or even freestanding houses from a cluttered claustrophobic space into an open aesthetically pleasing surrounding.
Glass Panels & Windows
Obviously it would be ideal to implement all interior design ideas before a building has been constructed, but in a majority of situations homeowners must apply new designs to existing properties. The introduction of large glass walls, partitions and bi-fold doors in contemporary architecture has contributed to the open plan style of living. By substituting internal brick or plasterboard walls with clear or translucent glass, this creates the illusion that an area is larger than it really is.
The use of glass tables is becoming more popular as the transparency of glass can almost eliminate their existence. The most common application is for glass dining tables, glass coffee tables and glass side tables, where clear or translucent glass can be utilised as an alternative to timber products. A table made of glass can convert a humble piece of furniture into a showpiece with class and style. Design is only limited by ones imagination as any size or shape can be manufactured to suit any particular situation in varying types of glass. Glass table tops are also placed on top of existing timber table as protection against scratches.
The most economical method to deceive the human eye and help push back the walls of any room is the use of mirrors. Although the most obvious use of mirror is for bathrooms, carefully placed mirrors will reflect views, bounce extra natural light and add depth to any space. Strategic placement of full length mirrors can give the impression there may be an additional room nearby, while wall to wall mirrors will definitely enlarge a bathroom. The main consideration is, not to go overboard with the number of mirrors, which could create an amusement park type environment and think about the image your mirror is going to reflect.