Steel Replacement Windows London – Steel Frames Bring Natural Daylight
With the darker, winter weather soon to be upon us now is the perfect time to transform any rooms starved of natural daylight in your home.
Take heed of the 1800’s era built Houses of Parliament in London with steel framed Crittall styled windows.
If you’re fed up with darkened areas but you’re struggling to think creatively about new ways of shedding light on your beautifully crafted interiors then consider our 8 top tips to brighten up your living spaces and mood in equal measure.
Crittal Glass Interior Room Dividers and Doors
If you have doors fitted which block out potential daylight from hallways or connecting rooms, why not replace them with transparent sliding or folding doors? Our VG15 sliding internal room dividers – as featured during the BBC’s 2011 RHS Chelsea Flower Show coverage – are the perfect contemporary solution. You don’t have to worry about a lack of privacy either as a number of frosted or tinted glazing treatments are available.
Adopt neutral paint colours
Are you a dab hand with a paint brush? If you have living rooms with dark wood flooring or rustic wood furniture then you might consider painting your walls a lighter, neutral colour like a rich grey or brown. It gives you versatility in terms of colour schemes, as well as the freedom to experiment with a splash of colour using interiors.
Crittall Steel Frame Doors Maximise Natural Light
As recommended by the ‘Restoration Man’ himself, George Clarke, as his favourite means of increasing levels of natural light into a dark room, roof lights, bi-folding doors and sliding doors are the simplest, most effective way of encouraging natural light in from outside. Instead of fitting a new window and wasting valuable wall space, a skylight utilises ceiling space magnificently, encouraging abundant levels of daylight into your room.
Bi-folding and sliding doors are also engineered to maximise levels of natural light into living areas. Often installed as a luxurious alternative to French doors, sliding and folding doors boast large glass panels with maximised views, combining the convenience of a tilting window with the versatility of a patio door.
Tip: If you’re looking at ways of getting more light into a basement or cellar for instance, a walk-on floorlight glass panel could be fitted into the floor above, adding a burst of natural light from walkways above into rooms directly below.
Artificial lighting can work if you get it right. The best way of giving yourself the flexibility and freedom to use artificial light is through the use of dimmer switches. With a dimmer switch you have the ability to create ambient lighting when it is needed. When it comes to artificial lighting, it’s always important to consider the size of a room too. Rooms with high ceilings will benefit most from uplights to make spaces feel bigger, while narrower rooms will benefit most from low-level lighting to elongate the living space.
Natural Light Maximising with White flooring and Wall mirrors
A very effective method of reflecting what light you do receive in your room is to fit wall mirrors. They’ll reflect every single ray of light whether it’s from a door knob, candlestick, photo frame or a chandelier. It’s designed to do most of the hard work for you.
It doesn’t matter whether it’s lino, laminate, carpet or tiled flooring, white flooring easily creates a feeling of light and space for any living area deprived of natural daylight. Even if you’re not in a position to immediately transform your entire floor, a large white rug would make a noticeable difference in the meantime.
Furnishings that dominate a living space have the potential to block sunlight. Keep your furnishings, near windows especially, as low as possible to maximise light into and around the living area.
Crittell Steel Frame Glass Doorways
If you have the practical know-how yourself or the disposable cash to pay for it, you could consider widening doorways into living areas and even remove unnecessary partition walls where possible to take full advantage of natural light – ideal if you have western-facing windows.
There are endless design possibilities to brighten those darkened rooms – although our favourite method would obviously be implementing a versatile rooflight which offers minimal framework and maximum thermal insulation against the elements.
If you would like to learn more about our roof systems that are subject to rigorous testing by our Swiss engineering team, please request a brochure today or come and visit our beautiful riverside showroom to view our bespoke aluminium glazing solutions in person.