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Glass-inspired homes contribute to improved mental health

If the last month has proved anything, it is that spending extended periods of times indoors will have a significant impact on our mental health. The recent global shutdown proves this. Many have found that self-quarantining comes at a hefty price – and that includes our mental health.

While professional medical attention is advised for those experiencing mental health issues, research shows that spaces that incorporate glass significantly improve moods. This is due to the addition of natural light that light brings. 

So, we thought we’d explore glass-themed homes and why adding glass to your home should be your next renovation project post-lockdown.

The power of light

We know natural light to be every photographer’s greatest companion and the selling point for homes, but did you know that light has extraordinary effects on your mental health? While we won’t bore you with the scientific jargon, we will say that the sun’s impact is undisputed.

Sunlight is not just an aesthetic addition that introduces a homey glow into your home. Your body, in fact, craves the vitamins associated with the sun. A lack of daily sunlight will present itself in a variety of negative ways as your body looks to overcompensate for the lack of natural light that it receives. 

By opting for a glass-themed home you will be […]

2020-05-13T08:00:39+02:00

Glass interiors: inspiring the heart of the home

It is only natural that the current nationwide lockdown will have you over-assessing your home and more often than not it’s your kitchen that is first to undergo scrutiny. Now while it is hard to assess the level of attention that the ‘heart of the home’ requires, it goes without saying that adding a few glass features to your kitchen will completely transform it.

The interior material of choice

Material choices make all the difference when choosing to upgrade your kitchen. Not only will it act as a means of décor but help improve the functionality and flow of the space. Given the sheer importance of the kitchen, matching a complementary material becomes crucial. Glass will actively brighten and enhance this space and highlight its existing features.

Professionalism

It is important to create a space that allows for both staff and clients to feel welcomed. Often described by our clients as modern and presentable, glass’s aesthetic professionalism creates an environment that people want to be a part of.

The transparent nature of the glass ultimately suggests transparency in the workplace. The open visibility of this material therefore inherently reflects honesty and directness. A good relationship with your clients is vital and displaying that you have a ‘nothing to hide’ ethos will enhance client trust and boost your company’s bottom line.

The liquidity of style can also take on the essence of your business. Whether […]

2020-05-13T08:20:27+02:00

Glass in the Office: Reflecting on the Benefits

From its professional aesthetic appeal to its honest practicality, placing glass partitions throughout your office space boasts enormous benefits. Not only is this trend increasing in popularity but quickly proving to be an architectural choice amongst professionals across the global.

This is particularly true for companies, following the end of the national lockdown, where people will be looking forward to ‘seeing’ each other again. Glass partitioning allows privacy while satisfying the need for human contact. 

Need a little more convincing? Here are our top 4 reason why glass deserves a place in your office:

Professionalism

It is important to create a space that allows for both staff and clients to feel welcomed. Often described by our clients as modern and presentable, glass’s aesthetic professionalism creates an environment that people want to be a part of.

The transparent nature of the glass ultimately suggests transparency in the workplace. The open visibility of this material therefore inherently reflects honesty and directness. A good relationship with your clients is vital and displaying that you have a ‘nothing to hide’ ethos will enhance client trust and boost your company’s bottom line.

The liquidity of style can also take on the essence of your business. Whether you want to emanate a refined corporate look and feel with elegant simplicity or boast a creative flair with patterned, tinted, and textured designs— the office can be an immediate […]

2020-05-13T08:29:44+02:00

Glass doors: the gateway to exquisite views

Most homeowners will tell you that a room with a view is ultimately the dream. Whether it’s a view of the famous South African sunset, bustling city skyline or tranquil ocean view, houses with unabated views continue to trump the market.

The extravagant use of glass has, therefore, become an essential architectural tool used to showcase these landscapes. Now while many designs use large glass windows, for access to those picturesque views, glass doors are taking this a step further.

Glass entryways

When you think of doors the first thing that comes to mind is the separation of one space from another. However, with glass doors, this separation comes with a visual link that creates a harmonious flow between spaces. Interior designers, architects and door specialists alike understand the need for modern areas to take on a trendy, healthy and aerated appeal and how glass doors help achieve this.

Benefits of glass doors

Brilliantly transparent

One of the most attractive elements of a glass door is its aesthetic allure. Its ability to seamlessly blend into the interior design style of any space increases its favour. This intricate design also contributes to current architectural trends as it adds silent communication between various spaces. Particularly that of your outdoor environment. The transparent nature of this material means that it quickly becomes an ever-changing canvas for both your exteriors and interiors.

Brings in a sense of fun

Glass sliding doors have an inherent fun about them. […]

2020-05-13T08:47:52+02:00

Unpacking the top design styles for 2020

Are you considering changing the style of your home in the new year but in need of a little inspiration? Search no more because we are covering our top 6 most favoured styles. In reality, though, these decorative styles are not rigid. There is no pressure to identify with just one. Mix and match with as many styles as you’d like and make it your own.

Mid-century modern

This interior design style pays homage to the mid-1900s through its use of refined lines, natural shapes and minimalist silhouettes. Spaces that follow mid-century modern aesthetics make use of simple colours, crisp lines and clean-cut pieces. Materials that work best in this space include, steel, metal and glass.

The use of glass in mid-century styled homes will not only define this space but complement its simplistic nature. This will also add a sense of elegance and synergy with the monochrome palettes. Glass will also add unobtrusive elements to a space that feed into a nonchalant and decluttered character. With intentional asymmetry, minimal chaos and neutral accessories, glass will help emphasise the stylish dialogue throughout.

Traditional

Traditional interior design offers your space a more classic detailing. Rooted in European influence, this look is characterised by extroverted accessorising and opulent furnishings. This includes well-constructed wingback chairs and tufted Chesterfield couches. Features of this design style, therefore, rely on darker elements that are punctuated with rich colours, patterns and curved lines. Traditional stylings come with a sense of depth and layering.

Glass is a welcomed addition to […]

2020-05-13T09:03:23+02:00

How glass is taking over your bedroom

It is no secret that glass is a powerful architectural tool used to open and modernise interiors. Particularly in residential spaces. Whether you are looking to aerate your closet-sized bedroom or create visual flows within your boudoir, glass is the way to go. To fuel your creativity and design inspirations, we have compiled a list of glass designs that will prove that the bedroom really is where the magic happens.

Glass partitions

Contrary to popular belief, this glass structure does not only belong in corporate office spaces. It also makes the perfect addition to your bedroom! Glass partitions are created to decorate and divide, making them ideal for smaller rooms. These dividers are also useful in bedrooms that could benefit from more light and space.

Illuminate your bedroom by incorporating this transparent beauty into various parts of your bedroom. Use it to cordon off your bathroom instead of having a chunky wooden door. Glass partitions are also great to cordon off a section of your bedroom to use as closet space.

Glass cabinet and closet

Glass cabinets aren’t just for your kitchen cabinet where you display your fancier crockery. This glass option effortlessly suits your bedroom space and continues to dominate more modern design phenomenons. The use of glass suggests openness and minimalist style. The set-up of this structure allows it to easily fit into most spaces.

This design however only works for those who are able to keep their closets tidy. If you know that organisation isn’t your strong suit, we suggest going for a […]

2020-05-13T09:04:00+02:00

Glass: redefining your bathroom

Glass is continuing to take over all interior design trends. Particularly your bathroom space. Whether you’re looking for a subtle upgrade or an entire revamp; glass is the way to go. Give your bathroom the makeover it deserves with Aluview.

Rebranding glass’ reputation

Of course, it is easy to view glass additions as rather plain and simple. This isn’t the case with Aluview. We take pride in reflecting the mood and theme of your bathroom. This aesthetic is then brought to life through our stylish and sleek glass designs. With endless possibilities, glass has proved itself to be the foundations for many architectural and interior designs. All of which are made from toughened materials, so you can be assured in the safety and style of our glass.ing here or viewing our catalogue here.

Benefits of a glass bathroom

–          It is both smart and practical

–          A more hygienic material and easy to clean

–          Makes smaller bathrooms appear larger

–          Adds a lighter and brighter aesthetic to the space

–          Provides an intriguing glimpse into other areas of the bathroom

How to incorporate glass

To give you a little bit of inspiration, we have compiled 5 different ways to utilise glass in your bathroom:

Glass shower doors

Although a more obvious way to integrate glass, glass shower doors continue to be favourite amongst our clients. Lending themselves to the elegance and style of modern spaces, glass doors combine distinct features with more practical elements. This will give your space a more upscale profile.

Glass sink

The […]

2020-05-15T09:39:01+02:00

Aluview: helping you bring the outdoors in

Greenery has quickly moved to the hearts of most architectural projects. This has seen many homes being built with natures aesthetic being embedded into its design. The graceful merging of architecture and landscape has now revolutionised the term ‘bringing the outdoors in’.

Aluview remains committed to introducing the multi-faceted presence of glass into various spaces. Embracing a glass-theme throughout your home will offer individuals physical and visual freedom to transition between the outdoors and indoors. This effortless transition allows you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

How glass will allow you to embrace the outdoors

–          It blurs the strict lines between outdoor and indoor living

–          Creates visual stimuli and appeal

–          Outdoor elements will add to the creative aesthetic and layout of the space

–          You can play with perspective and flow of movement

–          Elevates the space

How glass will allow you to embrace the outdoors

–          It blurs the strict lines between outdoor and indoor living

–          Creates visual stimuli and appeal

–          Outdoor elements will add to the creative aesthetic and layout of the space

–          You can play with perspective and flow of movement

–          Elevates the space

Why you should be embracing the outdoors

It is important that your various spaces maximise natural light. Incorporating glass into your architectural design will not only open up the space but show off your incredible scenery. Here are a few examples of glass features for your home:

Expansive glass walls

This is a stylistic choice, but it is the best way to embrace the outdoors. Placing glass […]

2020-05-15T07:57:32+02:00

5 facts you (probably) didn’t know about glass

For centuries, humans have been producing, using and benefiting from the wonders of glass. But how far does your knowledge of this material go? Here are a few interesting facts about our personal favourite material.

  1. Nature made it first

Before humans began crafting glass, nature was already on it! When sand is struck by lightning the heat creates a tube-like glass. This is called fulgurites. Volcanic eruptions also create forms of glass that are called obsidians.

  1. Sand: the basis of all glass

In order to produce glass, you will need sand. Silica, a form of sand, is created by combining limestone and soda ash in a high-temperature furnace. The liquid is then cooled. The result? Glass.

  1. Glass is 100% recyclable

A characteristic that many materials cannot boast: glass is a material that can be endlessly recycled. This will not change or damage its purity and quality. This is a great environmentally friendly feature. Recycling glass also helps save various natural resources; including limestone whilst simultaneously decreasing carbon dioxide emissions.

  1. Minerals: the new glass dye

When you combine glass with certain minerals, the colour of your glass will change. Want to make violet coloured glass? Add a little bit of nickel oxide. Green glass just requires non-toxic chrome oxide.

  1. Glass is pure

The purity of glass means that it is air-tight and impermeable. Glass can handle high-pressure sealing, which will safeguard all contents from oxygen and/or moisture.

However, the greatest glass fact pertains to its […]

2020-05-15T09:39:49+02:00

Glass – combining both functionality and design in your home.

Whether you’re renovating, looking for a little inspiration or trying to better aerate your home, glass is the perfect addition. Glass boasts a multipurpose quality – creating different effects and fulfilling unique purposes throughout your space – both decoratively and architecturally!

Glass can blend seamlessly into the existing design of a specific room or become a welcomed addition to the new blank canvas that is your new home. We will be combining both functionality and design to show you how glass is the epitome of art and architecture.

Glass in the bedroom

Adding glass to your bedroom can have pleasing effects on the aesthetics of this space. Its lively contribution will give the illusion of space as it creates an elongated continuity. The impression that the room spreads beyond its physical confines contributes to the aeration of your bedroom. This will eradicate the feeling of a claustrophobic or small bedroom.

On a more practical level, glass becomes the best light source with the inclusion of larger windows and sliding doors. Bedrooms often require the addition of light and a natural radiance to flow throughout the room. This will add to the space’s charm and serene impression.

Glass in the kitchen

The combination of various glass types in your kitchen has both an elegant and practical benefit; particularly to a space that is often deemed the heart of the home. This refreshing and delicate material offers a unique visual stimulus that will offer an unobtrusive imprint.

Installing a […]

2020-05-14T10:07:39+02:00
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