It’s no secret that interior designers for both commercial and residential spaces are increasingly turning to glass as a decorating surface. What’s driving the move toward glass and what can we expect in the coming year?
Interior glass demand is growing
Light, light, light. There’s no denying it; there’s just something irresistible about natural light. With light comes heat, but technological improvements have made it easier and more cost effective to incorporate insulated glass, reflective glass and low-e glass in structures. Designs that use glass to control the amount of light and heat that enter (or leave) the building will continue to dominate the architectural landscape, largely because they support the drive toward optimizing energy efficiency.
Windows aren’t the only use for interior glass. Expect more stairs, walls and even floors. Nothing transmits light like glass, and use of glass throughout the interior of a space can help ensure the maximum distribution of natural light.
More decorative glass. With glass, there’s no need to argue about form or function, because glass will provide both. When natural light isn’t available, translucent glass, low-iron glass and painted or etched glass can help distribute light efficiently in interior design. In addition to windows and window walls, the use of glass as a cladding material will only increase. Color-rich environments, made possible with techniques like tinting and backpainting make glass an entirely versatile material in interior design.
Printed glass. New printing techniques and materials have created new options for decorating glass. UV-curable inks eliminate the need for heat curing, reduce production time and costs, and provide exceptional color depth. Special primers like Glassprimer™ glass surface molecular activator help to ensure that printed inks will enjoy a long lifespan, even in the most demanding commercial environments.
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