For small homes that want to feel spacious, open plan living is a popular option for offering more light and more space. So far so good, right? However, one of the main issues we have with open plan living is that walls are in fact really quite useful. Not only to keep areas defined and contained, but also to provide a sense of privacy. For instance, while the kitchen may be the heart of the home, it’s also a noisy place with plenty of strong smells – not great when someone else needs space to study or work nearby. That’s where those industrial looking steel frame partitions, such as Crittall Windows, come in handy.
These classic steel frames have worked for many exterior windows in famous buildings like the Tower of London, the Houses of Parliament, and even the Titanic. With the shift towards open plan living, steel frames have become a great way to cleverly partition areas of the home without losing the light and feel of an open space. No wonder they’ve seen a huge surge in popularity of late.
Stuart Judge, managing director of Crittall Windows, acknowledges the increasing trend for internal screens with doors, which is why they’ve introduced Crittall InnerVision screens. These screens follow many of the configurations used previously for external facades. Within an interior space they provide large openings for maximum light, adding style and character to any decor. What’s more, as acoustics have become an important aspect of interior design, specifications have been incorporated to separate the individual rooms, and thus create a more tranquil area in the home.
Let’s take a look at some of the best ways you can incorporate steel frames into your very own abode.
If you love to entertain and host dinner parties, steel frame windows could be the perfect pièce de résistance to your humble dining room setting. In an open plan living space, steel frame windows work to create a cozy nook or alcove, instantly providing a warm and welcoming space for guests to sit back and relax.
Open plan bathrooms can be quite intimidating, but adding partitions make it a more approachable design. Using steel frame windows to divide the room gives the bathroom an air of exclusivity whilst still allowing the entire bedroom to retain its openness. If you’re worried about privacy then simply add a set of billowing floor to ceiling drapes.
Studio apartment dwellers will understand the need to balance shared and private space. To help with that, a steel framed glass partition is a wonderful alternative to building a wall. They are particularly useful when you only have a narrow room to begin with and need to find a way to allow light through to the center part of the home.
It can be difficult to spend the entire day working away in a small, cramped room, especially one without windows. Steel framed partition windows offer a good compromise.
The kitchen is a busy place to be, so it makes sense that you might want to create some sense of enclosure around it. Using steel frame glass windows here means you’ll be able to whip up your recipes without worrying about making loud noises with your pots and pans.
Originally intended to be outside facing, steel framed windows could also work well to create a conservatory or greenhouse element to your balcony or patio. Crittall windows in particular are dipped so as not to rust and will last for decades with minimal effort.
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