Why interior glass doors make sense
For some people, decorating is about more than expressing style. Increasingly, people are taking the ecological impact of their lifestyles into account when decorating their homes. The use of renewable, sustainable and ecologically friendly materials is a serious consideration, so glass is high on the list of materials welcome in this approach to decorating.
Glass is infinitely renewable. As an added bonus, the recycling process for glass takes less energy than the process for producing glass from scratch. By incorporating different materials, glassmakers can create different desirable characteristics for the resulting glass, including textures, tints and varying degrees of strength.
Glass doors are commonly used in offices and retail spaces, but they’ve only recently made their grand return to residential decorating. Prior to the Great Depression, glass was one of the materials commonly used in residential decorating. The poor economy of the 1930’s followed by material shortages in the 1940’s effectively reduced the use of glass in residential decorating in favor of simpler, more easily mass-produced materials.
From an economic standpoint, glass is common and readily available, and the materials used in glass production are simple and abundant. The float glass process wasn’t perfected until the 1950’s, but glass has been used extensively in the US for hundreds of years. In fact, the first glass factory was built in what is now the United States in 1608! Glass was a staple in certain types of furniture, including cupboards and cabinets, but whether for practical or preferential reasons, the use glass virtually disappeared in interior design in the US in the first half of the 20th century.
Fortunately today it’s making a resurgence, and in a big way! There have never been more options for incorporating glass into residential spaces, starting with interior glass doors. Interior glass doors can be left as-is, or they can be augmented with special coatings like Glassprimer™ glass paint. Glassprimer™ glass paint is durable, easy to apply and produces excellent results. Glassprimer™ glass paint creates a permanent bond with the glass, and offers exceptional UV resistance. This allows the penetration of light, while reducing the amount of heat generated by UV-light. In addition, Glassprimer™ glass paint can be used to enhance privacy as a cost-effective substitute for acid-etched frosted glass.
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