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Obscure Glass: Everything You Need to Know

There are so many benefits to installing obscure glass in doors, windows and even walls into homes and work spaces. They can be stylish, adding a decorative feature in-keeping with a minimalist design, or bringing embellishment to a professional environment. They can help you soak a small room in sunlight, magically making it appear twice the size and so much happier.

In fact, there’s only one drawback that people really imagine when it comes to lots of windows and transparent walls: loss of privacy. 

But you don’t have to sacrifice your privacy if you want to feature glass in your interiors. By using privacy glass, you can couple all the bright, beautiful benefits of regular glass and still keep out prying eyes. 

We’ve put together this FAQ to introduce you to the many possibilities presented by obscure glass, an option that many don’t even realise exists.

What is obscure glass?

Obscure glass is a very broad term that actually covers any type of glass that is not crystal-clear transparent. It is glass which ‘obscures’ the view through it, distorting or concealing what is on the other side, because of this it’s often referred to as privacy glass.

This obscuring effect can be achieved in a variety of ways, usually by use of a texture or pattern. It can range from offering complete privacy by obscuring the view completely or simply showing silhouettes. It can also be more of a style choice, that offers only a very mild distortion.

Obscure glass can be highly decorative and very practical. It is also versatile.

What types of obscure glass are there?

As mentioned above, ‘obscure glass’ is an umbrella term for many types of glass you may have heard of.

One of the most commonly seen types is frosted satin glass. This is glass that has been treated using chemicals to give an almost mottled effect on its surface. It is quite hard to see through, leaving only shadows and vague, fuzzy shapes visible through it. But is a popular choice because it also allows loads of light to flood through, allowing privacy without enforcing darkness onto rooms.

Another one of the most common obscure glass types is sandblasted glass. The ‘sandblast’ effect is created by using a powerful, high speed machine to pepper the surface of the glass with sand, walnut husks or a similar material to give a mottled surface that diffuses light and softens the visibility of anything on the other side.

Like frosted satin, sandblasted glass is a favourite choice among many people as it still lets lots of light shine through, while providing a good level of obstruction.

Here at KLG Glass, we also supply a comprehensive range of Pilkington textured glass, the added bonus of choosing a textured glass is that you can opt for patterns and designs to suit your tastes. It’s also available in a variety of privacy levels, depending on how obscure you’d like the view to be.

It is also possible to tint glass to obscure it, making it darker. This kind of glass can let less light through and will also make a strong design statement wherever it’s used.

Is there a difference between obscure glass and frosted glass?

As we discussed above, ‘obscure glass’ is an umbrella term that refers to a variety of obscure glass patterns, including frosted glass but not limited to it. This means all frosted glass could be called obscure glass, but not all obscure glass is frosted. 

There are options available that would still count as obscure. 

One of the attractive benefits of frosted glass types, is that you can embed designs, logos and embellishments, giving you complete control over the design. These can range from generic floral frosted glass patterns or unique company branding. 

Frosted glass is particularly popular in door panels, glass walls, balustrades and bathroom windows.

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Are there different levels of obscurity available?

By now you’ve probably realised that obscure glass is very versatile. You can choose between obscure glass windows or doors that are almost completely transparent, or ones that are completely opaque. As we mentioned before, Pilkington textured glass is available in 5 different levels of privacy, allowing you to decide on the best level of opacity for your requirements.

While some styles of obscure glass might be limited in how much flexibility is offered in terms of opacity, there are so many options across the range that you will always find a type of glass to suit your needs.

Is obscure glass different to opaque glass?

Obscure glass allows you to lower the visibility through a glass panel. Opaque glass sits right down at the very extreme end of that scale, and leaves the glass completely impossible to see through. And, unlike obscure glass, opaque glass won’t let any light pass through it either, though it is highly reflective. Opaque glass is most commonly used for things like kitchen splashbacks.

If you like the cool, clean lines that glass brings without wishing to compromise privacy at all, opaque glass could however be the perfect choice for you.

Can you ‘temper’ obscure glass?

Tempering is a process you can apply to glass in order to strengthen it. It involves heating the glass to very high temperatures, then exposing it to a very cold temperature. As the outside of the glass cools quicker than the inside, this creates ‘tension’ inside the glass which makes it very strong.

Tempered glass can withstand a higher level of impact without breaking. It also shatters in a certain way, breaking down into crumb-like pieces rather than jagged shards. This means that as well as being stronger, it is safer. 

This process is commonly used for large glass panels, such as those in full length windows, doors and furniture, to make them safer. 

Obscure glass can be tempered just like other glass, and often is. If you are choosing obscure glass to place in a window, door panel or similar setting, you would definitely be better off having obscure glass that is tempered.

Where can you use obscure glass?

The flexibility and versatility of obscure glass mean you will find it at home in a whole host of settings. You can bring light and space to your narrow hallway while still keeping your home secure, by placing an obscure glass panel in your front door.

Or you could give workers a lighter, brighter, cheerier space to work while still allowing them their privacy by installing obscure glass walls in an office, the possibilities are endless!

One of the most popular places to use obscure glass is in bathroom windows. In a space where your privacy is paramount, choosing obscure glass allows you to maximise the light in the smallest room of your house, while maintaining a sense of seclusion and safety.

 

Creative Ways to Use Glass Shelves

Glass shelves are a beautiful feature to have in your home. The biggest thing they offer is the ability to allow light to flow through, they’re also a great way to add new dimensions to a room. A classy feature that’s surprisingly low maintenance, durable and most of all, functional.

If glass shelving isn’t really something you’ve considered, or you’re not really sure how they’d work in your home, in this article we’re going to explore some of the creative ways that you can use them to maximum appeal. And don’t forget that they can be frosted, tinted and coloured too, so the possibilities for personalisation really are endless…

Glass Shelves as a Partition Wall

A glass partition wall is a great way to divide a space if you have an open plan living area. Using glass shelving to separate space means you don’t have to compromise the flow of natural light, but still allows you to have designated spaces for different uses. 

A glass partition wall is perfect for separating your living area from your kitchen for example. Or, if you use a portion of a room as a work space, being able to completely remove yourself from the area at the end of the day, means you’re more easily able to wind down.

Glass Shelves Across a Mirror

Glass shelves have many purposes, but using them across a mirror may not have come to mind. We aren’t talking about installing glass shelves across a full-body length mirror, we’re talking about using a mirror as a backing to a shelving unit.

Glass shelves placed across a mirror creates the illusion of a bigger space. It also allows light to bounce off the many glass surfaces resulting in a much brighter area.

You can display many products on a glass shelf, with the mirror behind it adding a touch of glitz to your space. This works particularly well in bathrooms where strategic lighting can really add a sparkle to the many reflective surfaces.

Glass Shelves Across a Window

Installing glass shelves across windows will instantly maximise storage space without having to compromise on natural light. Perfect for displaying plants and flowers, this is also a great place to display a few items of glassware. 

On sunny days, the glassware will refract the light, sending beautiful patterns dancing about your home as the day moves along. 

Hanging Glass Shelves

If a statement piece is what you want, then this is the one for you. Hanging glass shelves from the ceiling is a great way to “lift” a room and makes use of space that would otherwise remain empty. Strategic placement of hanging glass shelves can really add a focal point to a room. 

You could even create a partition wall with hanging shelves if you’re looking for a more designer, futuristic approach to your interior. 

Floating Wall-mounted Shelves

If a minimalist, clean look is where things are at for you, then a simple way to make use of glass shelves is to fix them to your wall as if to appear unsupported. Floating shelves look beautiful, especially if made from glass and the clean, crisp lines mean that whatever you display on them will get maximum attention. They add texture and dimension to a room without obviously standing out.

Glass Shelves as a Wall Feature

Create a wall feature by using coloured glass shelves. If your house is minimalistic in design, adding coloured glass to your walls will add vibrancy and texture. Using glass as opposed to other materials lends itself well to simplistic interior design as it’s subtle and uses natural light to its fullest.

Using Glass Shelves for Organisation

Coloured glass shelves are ideal for organising household items in a sleek and stylish way.

Add coloured glass shelves to your kitchen cupboards. Trade in that dusty old wooden bookshelf for a sleek glass one, or convert that cupboard under the stairs into a stylish walk-in wardrobe, where all your favourite shoes can be displayed and cherished as if you’ve just walked into a designer boutique.

On the other hand, if you still want to keep a touch of nature in your home, glass shelves work wonderfully when combined with a natural wooden frame. The glass shelves add a lightness while the grains in the wood remain a prominent feature – the best of both worlds some may say.

Glass shelves are becoming increasingly popular in modern homes, but they also work really well in older properties where maximising natural light can be somewhat difficult. There are many ways that you can utilise glass shelving to get the exact look and feel you want without having to compromise on practicality.

So, whether you want to use your shelves as a statement piece or as a place to store items, investing in glass shelving should definitely be on your spring DIY list. 

For glass shelves in a range of colours and styles, all custom made and cut to your preference, visit our glass shelving page and take a look at the sort of things you can do, the only limit really is your imagination!

Laminated Glass Vs Toughened Glass – Which Should You Choose?

Laminated glass and toughened glass are two types of safety glass. Often, people are mistaken when it comes to the differences between the two, or they believe that they’re the same thing. In actual fact, they’re very different, and are used for different purposes – even if they do look the same.

Safety glass is typically used on external windows and doors, glass balustrades, glass shelving and vehicle windows. Essentially, it’s used anywhere that it could cause immediate injury if broken.

Safety glass is usually toughened or laminated, but you can also find other variants too, such as wire mesh glass. These all offer the same end result in terms of protection from injury but they’re created differently and used for a variety of different products.

What is laminated glass?

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Laminated glass consists of 2 sheets of glass that have a layer of plastic sandwiched between them. This layer of plastic is called polyvinyl butyral. Polyvinyl butyral acts as a barrier between the 2 sheets of glass and prevents them from breaking into shards or shattering into little pieces. The resistance to penetration provides additional security and the added layer also offers ultraviolet light protection, so prevents fading from sunlight.

Is laminated glass tempered?

Laminated glass and tempered glass are two different things. Tempered glass is standard glass that has been heat-treated to make it more durable.

Is laminated glass more secure?

As laminated glass has a layer of polyvinyl butyral between two sheets of glass, it makes it an incredibly secure glass-type. This material is used externally to heighten security which helps prevents break-ins.

Can laminated glass be cut?

Laminated glass can be cut to size. It is tricky to do though, and requires a professional to do it. Laminated glass can also be etched and sandblasted with your choice of design, unlike toughened glass.

How does laminated glass shatter?

Laminated glass doesn’t shatter. If laminated glass receives heavy impact, the glass will break however the plastic holds the glass in place. Removing any danger from broken glass.

What is laminated glass used for?

Laminated glass is typically used anywhere that human impact may occur and falling glass could add further danger. Laminated glass is used for:

  • Car windscreens
  • Glass floors
  • Glass balustrades
  • Full length internal and external windows and doors
  • Skylights
  • Public spaces where glass is used such as bar shelves and shop windows

Laminated glass isn’t as strong as toughened glass on initial impact, however it’s advantage over toughened glass is that it won’t fall to pieces when hit. The plastic sheet between the two sheets of glass acts as a barrier and will hold the glass in place until a replacement is found.

What is toughened glass?

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Toughened glass is similar to tempered glass and follows the same strengthening process. However it’s much stronger. Toughened glass is designed to shatter into “break safe” fragments rather than shards, reducing the chances of injury.

Toughened glass is heated to high temperatures and then rapidly cooled to solidify it. It can also be heat-soaked and laminated if necessary.

Is toughened glass fire resistant?

Not all toughened glass is fire resistant. Standard toughened glass isn’t. You shouldn’t use toughened glass for doors if the door is a fire exit. However, you can purchase toughened glass that has been specifically designed for this purpose.

Can toughened glass be cut?

Toughened glass can be cut. And, like laminated glass, toughened glass can be cut to size, but not in the conventional sense.

Toughened glass cutting is a long and lengthy process. The glass must be heated to 500-degrees Celsius and slowly cooled. Once cool, the glass can then be cut. However, we recommend that any toughened glass is made to measure in the first instance to prevent issues.

How strong is toughened glass?

Toughened glass can be shattered with impact; it breaks up into hundreds of tiny pieces rather than shards, meaning it’s less likely to cause injury. However, the material is incredibly strong.

Toughened glass is stronger than you might think. For perspective, toughened glass is 5 times stronger than standard glass.

Can toughened glass be recycled?

Toughened glass cannot be recycled. Toughened glass has a much higher melting point than any other glass. If you recycle toughened glass there will still be large portions of unmelted glass which then causes quality issues for manufacturers.

What is toughened glass used for?

Toughened glass is used in places where human injury needs to be reduced, this is primarily for public services and public buildings. Toughened glass is used for:

  • Phone booths
  • Bus stops
  • Glass shelves
  • Splashbacks for kitchens
  • Showerscreens

Toughened glass is the strongest form of glass. When compared to laminated glass, it takes a lot more force to break toughened glass than it does laminated. However, when toughened glass is broken, it will shatter into hundreds of tiny pieces.

Toughened and laminated glass are incredibly durable and provide safety to yourself, loved ones and the public. They are both created to prevent harm coming to human life if broken.

Which type of glass that you use largely comes down to personal preference. Both types of glass have their pros and cons and both are suitable for use in critical locations in the home. If you plan on using one of these glass-types, but you’re not sure which type would be best for you, please don’t hesitate to give us a call.

Interior Design Inspiration: 10 Instagram Accounts You Should Follow in 2020

We’re heading into Spring and that can only mean one thing, home renovations.

You’ll find that the Spring and Summer months are the time to revamp the interior of your home. Whether you want to add a dash of colour with a new kitchen splashback or you want to trade in your old wooden staircase for a sleek, modern set with glass balustrades, anything is possible with the right inspiration.

Finding interior design ideas is no longer a struggle now that we have the internet at our fingertips. Whether it’s interior design for the living room or ideas for home improvements you’re looking for, the internet is a great place to start. In fact, you’ll find many decorating ideas in an app that is used by over a billion people: Instagram.

Instagram is all about pretty pictures. Along with Pinterest, it’s one of the best places for interior design inspiration. Here, we’ve listed ten of our favourite Instagram accounts for home improvements; you’ll want to give these guys a follow, too.

Jungalow

Jungalow was started back in 2009 by plant-loving Justina Blakeney. She has a love for bohemian design and you’ll find a lot of warm and rich colours used throughout her interior inspiration posts.

Adding bohemian-themed decor to your home compliments bare spaces well. If you have an open-living situation, or minimal colour throughout your home, incorporating some patterns and warm colours will bring your home to life.

Jungalow has great ideas for using geometric-patterned rugs, bold and quirky pillows, and earthy designs for your chairs and mirrors.

The Spruce

The Spruce helps improve interior decor for over 30-million users every month. They specialise in minimalism and incorporate an abundance of plants in their design tips.

Pattern and texture is a great way to instantly improve the look and feel of your home. Fluffy throws can draw the attention away from an old couch and add colour and warmth to a bare room. If you love a country-cottage vibe, The Spruce displays beautiful images that are sure to get your inspiration juices flowing.

They provide tips on everything home improvement; from tiling to gardening to home repairs. If you’re after a great all-rounder, their Instagram account is for you.

Bigger Than The Three Of Us

Bigger Than The Three Of Us is run by home design blogger Ashley. Ashley provides great interior design inspo on Instagram – her pictures are beautiful.

Again, a bit of a country-cottage vibe going on here. She provides inspiration on interior design for the kitchen, living room, bathroom, and dining room. Her posts are focused on minimalism with hints of colour and contrasting tones.

Patterns and textures play a big part in her interior decor. Spicing up a bare wall with a large piece of art is a great way to add a touch of unique style to your interior.

If you need help revamping your kitchen, Bigger Than The Three Of Us is definitely worth a follow.

Homey Oh My

Homey Oh My is run by Chicago-raised Amy and was founded in 2013. Amy is a lover of minimal design and simple, yet creative interiors.

A lot of Amy’s images are based on white interiors, using natural light to emphasise features. She incorporates a lot of greenery into her home, too. Adding plants to your interior design plans is a great way to bring life, nature and textures into your home. If you’re a fan of all-white-everything, plants are a very subtle way of breaking up the monotone.

Amy’s posts are mainly based around the living area where she focuses on large geometric style rugs and dark accessories. However, she occasionally posts about kitchens and bedrooms, too. If the main focus for your home improvements is the living area, we’d definitely recommend that you check out Homey Oh My.

Bethan Laura Wood

Bethan Laura Wood is run by, you guessed it, Bethan.

Bethan has won many design awards throughout the years, so it’s fair to say she’s good at what she does.

Bethan’s style is incredibly arty. She focuses on bright colours, shapes, and textures. Her Instagram is the perfect source for home improvement ideas if you’re after some showstopping features.

Spruce up your living area with a large bohemian rug. Or install a mosaic splashback behind your sink or hob to really bring her ideas to life.

Although her Instagram doesn’t contain many images of homes, her posts are sure to inspire you.

BEAU-TRAPS

Beau-Traps is run by a London-based interior design blogger. His style is minimal but the pieces that he posts show his love of odd shapes and unusual features.

If colour isn’t your thing, use contrasting shades of different colours to help bring your interior to life. Install Greek artistic pieces or African-inspired woven rugs to add a touch of culture to your home.

Beau-Traps is definitely aimed at people who want to keep their interior design minimal yet intriguing. If this sounds like you, take a look at his Instagram.

Anna Glover Interiors

Anna Glover started her interior design mission back in 2014. Since then she’s become the owner of an award-winning design studio that specialises in all things fashion and luxury wallpaper.

Anna’s Instagram offers an abundance of ideas for using patterns, colours and shapes. Some of her posts are very minimal in design, while others are patterns-on-patterns and very chaotic. It’s safe to say, whatever your style, if you’re in the market for design ideas, Anna Glover Interiors is definitely worth looking at.

Ormiston House Design

Ormiston House Design is a great all-round for interior design.

If you have a family and are in the midst of redecorating your entire home, you’ll find a wide variety of decorating ideas from Ormiston House Design.

Ormiston House Design focuses on the everyday family. Their ideas for decluttering rooms and making the most of small spaces are amazing. They provide ideas for a country-cottage vibe with open brick walls and traditional radiators. As well as ideas for a modern home with contemporary solid furniture and geometric rugs.

If you like minimal colours, bold statement pieces and quirky ideas, this instagram page is for you.

Victorian Road Restoration

Victorian Road Restoration is the online child of Lucy and Dan. Lucy and Dan completed the sale on their home in 2017 and started an Instagram account to record their mass-renovation project.

Industrial, contemporary, minimalistic and bold are words that come to mind when looking through their photos. They’re a massive fan of dark colours, quirky shapes and using a decent amount of metal throughout their interiors.

If you’re partial to an extreme restoration project, Victorian Road Restoration has an abundance of images that are sure to give you some interior design inspiration.

Hey Wanderer

Hey Wanderer is an Instagram account that was created by two best friends from Tennessee. Their style is warm, cosy and full of vibrant colours and patterns.

Hey Wanderer posts content often, so you’ll never be left without something new and exciting to look at.

If you want to introduce a bit of sparkle to your home, warmth to your colour palette or greenery to your accessories, Hey Wanderer is the place to be.

Did you know you can join KLG Glass on Instagram, too? If you want to keep up to date with the work we do, the products we produce and see how we can help you, just give us a follow!

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The Importance of Increasing Natural Light in Your Home

These dreary winter mornings are quite testing. It seems harder to wake up, get out of bed and function in general. Do you ever notice just how much easier it is to spring out of bed on a sunny bright morning? The day seems so full of opportunity and you feel more optimistic and ready for action. 

Natural light plays a big part in our lives, and in our homes it’s especially vital. Let’s have a look at how important natural light is, and how to incorporate more of it.

What is meant by natural light?

Natural sources of light come from the sun. The light enters a room via a large window or a small crack in a door, a well placed skylight, or bouncing off a mirrored surface. Natural light sources of course don’t have to be directly from the sun, but can emulate it. Whether it be the warm soft glow of a setting sun, or the bright light of dawn, the emphasis is on lightness not harshness.

Why is natural light important?

As mentioned earlier, natural light is very important in our lives. From a well-being point of view, we need light to help us wake from slumber. When natural sunlight hits the skin, it triggers the production of vitamin D in our bodies. We need vitamin D to keep inflammation at bay.

Recent clinical studies have looked into whether increased levels of vitamin D can help reduce heart disease, cancer and dementia, too. Undeniably, vitamin D is essential for improved brain function. In this respect, exposure to sunlight is vital in regulating our mood.

How natural light affects mood

It is not just the vitamin D production and subsequent brain function that improves our mood with sunlight. Natural light seems to have an immediate, calming effect on us. When we enter a bright space, we are instantly whisked away to warmer days, and the associated memories – be it a lovely relaxing beach holiday, or the carefree days of our youth. 

How to increase natural light in a room

Everyone would love to float around a lofty home with floor to ceiling, south facing windows, like something straight out of an episode of Grand Designs… The reality for most of us though, is trying to make the most of the light we get through our moderately-sized windows and patio doors. If you’re lucky enough to have large windows, maximise them! Large windows can be dressed delicately, with light coloured, wispy voile curtains or blinds, or have etched patterned glass – privacy need not suffer. 

The majority of us however, are likely to ask how to make a small window look bigger.

Smaller windows obviously let less light into a room, but how can we make them look bigger and make the room appear brighter? This is where your interior design skills come in, as lighting in interior design is just as important as paint or fabric:

  • Curtain colour and fabric
    Avoid big, dark coloured, heavy curtains – these will block light and make the room appear darker and the window appear smaller.

  • Curtain rods
    Frame the window with light and airy curtains that are longer than the frame. Hang them on rods that are set higher and wider than the window – make sure the curtains aren’t too transparent however, or you will be able to see the gaps.

  • Blinds
    If you want to go for blinds, use the plantation or venetian kind in a light colour. Set them in a frame that is wider and longer than the window it covers. Wooden blinds will look lighter than aluminium or plastic blinds, they’re also insulating, helping to prevent heat loss in the colder months.

  • Layering
    You can make windows look even wider by layering curtains – have one set hung even wider than the first set. Layering gives a nice contemporary feel too.

  • Frames
    Adding a wider frame around a window in a light colour, will give the impression that the window is larger.

  • Wall colour
    You may think that painting surrounding walls in white would make a window seem larger and brighter, but it actually has the opposite effect. Paint walls in a slightly darker, cool colour, and keep the window frames white to make them pop. On the wall opposite a window, a lighter colour is a good idea, as it will reflect the light back into the room.

  • Pattern
    Using vertical stripes on a blind or curtains will make a window look longer. Horizontal stripes will make windows look wider.

  • Furnishing
    If you really want to make a feature out of a window and emphasise the size, make sure that furniture around it has a low profile. Think long coffee tables, occasional chairs and chaise longues. The difference in scale tricks the eye into thinking the window is much bigger.
  • Reflection
    A common trick in interior design, is to use reflection to create the illusion of space and light. Why not hang mirrors near the window to reflect the light around the room? Or, use mirrored surfaces in accessories or furniture? Don’t go overboard though, we don’t need to be blinded whilst watching TV or have a hole burned in the carpet!

  • Glass
    Glass shelving, glass tables, glass accessories, glass balustrades. Glass used in place of materials that would ordinarily block out sunlight, is a great way of brightening up a space. Light will pass through these objects and give a lovely ethereal feel to a room. Like a scene out of Frozen…just less cold. 

Can mirrors increase light?

As mentioned briefly above, mirrors and mirrored surfaces can do wonders when it comes to increasing light in a room. Natural light will bounce off of reflective surfaces and light up darker corners the light would not otherwise reach. Mirrors can also make spaces appear larger and lengthen whatever is reflected. 

Having a mirror directly opposite a window could create the effect of having two windows in the room. Having a made-to-measure mirror is not the only way to get reflective surfaces into a room either – mirrored tabletops and drawers are always in fashion, and as well as reflecting the light, they add a touch of glamour, too.

Can you mimic natural light?

You’ve tried everything to accentuate the natural daylight coming into the room, and have made the windows look as big and open as possible. The only other way to make a room lighter is to mimic natural light, with artificial light. 

Light yellows and orange tinted lights are best for our mood and health, so be sure to choose bulbs that give a soft, warm glow. Bright, white light from LED lighting has actually been found to suppress melatonin production upto 5 times more than that of their older lightbulb counterparts

Melatonin is the compound that adjusts our biological clock and is known for its antioxidant and anti-cancerous properties. White light is actually blue on the spectrum, and is likened to staring at a phone or computer screen. Who wants that as the lighting source in their home?!

So, throw open your small-to-medium sized windows! Let the sunlight pour in – let it bounce off reflective surfaces, and pass through those glass shelves. Be generous when hanging your curtains, and clever when picking your colour schemes. Master the use of pattern from your tiny armchair. And remember, if you have to resort to artificial lighting – if it’s bright white, then it’s not right!