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Glass, the great magician

A master of illusion, reflection and transparency, generator of freshness and pureness, light sensor, ground breaker, glass is a fascinating material. Decoration professionals use it in abundance.

A good way to measure the power of glass is to install a glass door or a large window in a room. Everything lights up. The space is bigger, light floods the room, the atmosphere becomes joyful.

Glass is a material that likes to take over a space. Surpassing the wall openings, it spreads throughout the house: glass floor (brick or paved), glass staircase, glass furniture, glass partitions and interior doors. Entire houses have converted to glass. They are transparent from one exterior wall to the other, covering 80% of the area.

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Glass makes reflection dance, which adds to the cheerfulness of a room. Reflections bring the smallest objects to life, from trinkets to the mirror. And the dance becomes frenzied if metal, polished stone, lacquer or other reflective material join the party.

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Glass is very useful if you want to enhance the decorative effect of a second material. A large mirror will reflect a nice light wood or large-grain granite wall. Imagine the flowering green if the wall is covered with flowers and plants.

Glass is practical to expand the space of a small room. The cumulative effect of the glass frees the room of stuffiness. Take a bathroom and place a large mirror on the wall, add a glass vase and a partially or fully glass-enclosed bathtub, and the room will breathe more.

Glass is one of the in materials of contemporary style where it rubs shoulders with metal and concrete. Glass is rare in rustic environments, but is omnipresent in the lounge and loft styles. It’s also perfect for minimalism because it enhances an already stripped space. The classic style? We all know that glass feels right at home.

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Glass has no problem with colours. It greets and projects them in all directions. It even generates colour as needed: stained glass, Tiffany lamps, coloured ornaments, multi-coloured glass bricks, blown glass decorative objects. In this case, glass takes on a very design function.

Glass loves to play. Apart from reflections and illusions of grandeur, it makes silhouettes revolve behind a frosted glass panel. It hides defects in the ceiling and walls using a glass veil. It crinkles to limit the frost in frosted glass. It acts as a bell jar to protect valuable ornaments. It makes decorative bubbles. It provides light in a blind room by flowing through a partition or floor.

And to think that glass used to be reserved for the rich! Today, nobody can do without it.

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