There are so many things we take for granted, and one of the most obvious is the design of a home or office. When it is done properly, we forget how hard it must have been for the designers to manage. After all, they have to figure out how to use the materials, where to put things like windows, doors, art, lighting, rooms, and more. They are really the only ones responsible for the success or failure of the entire space.
Even the best interior designer cannot redeem a building if it has used materials poorly or is created in a way that does not work well with those who are inhabiting it.
So, it is imperative to understand the many materials that are put to work in any sort of design project, and one of the most important is glass.
Not Just Windows
You may be sitting there shaking your head and saying, “No, glass is not all that important because it is only used for windows.”
However, the reality is that glass can be used:
- On ceilings;
- As mirrors;
- As doors;
- As art installations;
- As shelving, countertops, etc.; and
- In architectural ways such as walls and enormous windows.
To explain just how important glass can be in the design process, consider that it is viewed by architects as a way of creating “emptiness”, letting in light, establishing a sense of space, and transforming what might be a gloomy atmosphere into one that is more appealing and positive.
Architects will use glass for exterior walls as well as countertops, interior dividers, and so much more. However, designers might put glass to work to reflect light and even make improvements in what they feel are poorly designed rooms.
As an example, an architect may use windows very sparingly in a room, and this could make it seem darker than it should be. A designer can come along and introduce glass or mirrored panels that feed all of the light back into the room, increasing it and strengthening it.
Naturally, it cannot be just any glass that is used. It has to be well made glass that is put to work in such ways. Though most people do not realize it, the fact of the matter is that glass does reveal the quality of the manufacturing process. A cheaply made pane of glass does have a weak and cheap appearance. The shoddily made mirror is the same, and it will not reflect light in the way it could.
So, when thinking about design, don’t forget that glass is a major “building material”. It can introduce light and airiness, it can improve rooms that are too dark, and it can even be put to use as a form of artwork. There are firms specializing in art glass and this too can add to the overall experience and appeal of any space when it is used properly and skillfully.