For the small homes that want to feel spacious, open plan living is a popular solution offering more light, and more space. But on the flipside, one of the main issues with open plan living is that walls really are quite useful. Not only to keep areas contained, but to provide a sense of privacy. For example, while the kitchen may be the heart of the home, it’s also a noisy place with plenty of smells. Not great when someone else needs space to study or work nearby. That’s perhaps one of the reasons industrial looking steel framed partitions, such as Crittall Windows, have surged in popularity.
These classic steel frames have worked for many exterior windows in famous buildings like the Tower of London, many Art Deco style buildings of the 1920s, and even for the Titanic. With the shift towards open plan living, Crittall Windows have become a great way to cleverly partition areas at home without losing the light and feeling of open space.
Stuart Judge, managing director of Crittall Windows, acknowledges the increasing trend for internal screens with doors, which is why they introduced Crittall InnerVision screens following many of the configurations used previously for external facades. Large openings for maximum light add style and character to the decor. As acoustics have become an important aspect, specifications have been incorporated to separate the individual rooms, and create a more tranquil area in the home.
Here are a handful of excellent examples of homes that have incorporated these steel frame glass partitions to keep homes feeling light and open, while maintaining a special element of privacy!
For a serene dining area, the steel frame windows allow natural light to flood in while still remaining private. The way the glass offers an unobstructed view of the room creates visual harmony with the adjacent kitchen, wonderful for catching up with the family during dinner.
Open plan bathrooms can be quite intimidating but adding partitions make it a more approachable design. Using steel frame windows to divide the room give the bathroom an air of exclusivity, while allowing the entire bedroom to retain its openness.
This master bedroom is elegant and minimal, with curtains behind the steel frame windows. The drapes blend gracefully with the windows offering privacy too.
Crittall windows makes this living space visible and inviting, while also carving out a different area for the dining room or home office.
Studio apartment dwellers will understand the need to balance private or private space. The steel framed glass partition is a wonderful alternative to building a wall. Particularly if you only have a narrow room to begin with, and you 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, so this is a good compromise.
Narrow staircases can be unpleasant at times making you feel like you’re being squeezed as you climb your way up to a higher floor. This staircase from Ardesia Design looks good, lets in plenty of light, and offers some noise protection for other areas of the house.
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, these exteriors could also work well to create a conservatory or greenhouse element to your balcony or patio. They’re dipped so as not to rust, and last for decades with minimal effort.
Is this the solution to all the problems that come with open plan living? Let us know what you think of this trend for seeing outdoor windows making their way inside. Is the look too industrial for your home, or would this work in any kind of setting?