Lately I have found myself pondering the practicality of internal glass walls and am unsure if they are a passing trend or have been around forever and I’ve only just started noticing them? I find myself attracted to interiors that include them but, are they a good idea, or just more glass to clean? I can see some definite advantages aside from the fact that they look amazing…….
Imagine the extra light these glass walls allow through to small or dark rooms and the increased sense of visual space. Not to mention their ability to let natural light into an interior room or hallway that doesn’t have windows. I’m thinking glass walls are also a pretty clever solution for enabling adjoining rooms to be closed off for noise and heating reasons, whilst still extending the view……..
Framed in timber or steel, these dividing glass walls become an instant statement feature and bring a unique and slightly industrial feel to a space. I just discovered an article from Elle Decoration, explaining this type of steel-framed glazing was made popular in the Art Deco houses, so definitely not new, but making a resurgence perhaps?
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In my humble opinion, the best interiors are those that encourage you to wander through, curious to see what is not immediately visible. These dividing walls do a perfect job of giving a tantalising glimpse into the next room, welcoming you in and urging you onward.
The individual panels bring geometric pattern to a space, the steel frames introduce strength and the glass a smooth, light reflecting surface. All these small details are what help to bring a space to life, adding depth, interest and contrast.
I have seriously talked myself into it! Cleaning glass is not fun but the architectural detail, the glimpse into the next space and an abundance of natural light make these internal glass walls a brilliant idea. I am already imagining which walls I can knock down and replace………
What do you think, clever feature or impractical fad?