All About Magnetic Glass Boards: Your Ultimate Guide

Gone are the days of the standard whiteboard. There’s a new kid on the block, the magnetic glass board. Sleek and stylish, a magnetic glass noticeboard will add to your interior, help to foster creativity, and look great at the same time. 

If you haven’t heard of magnetic glassboards before, it’s time you found out more. As experts in glass, we’re here to answer all your questions on this popular type of noticeboard that’s sought after by many!

 

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What is a Magnetic Glass Board?

A magnetic glass board is a modern and decorative alternative to a whiteboard. Made of painted glass with a magnetic sheet of laminated steel attached to the back, you can use magnets to attach notes and important items to your glassboard. You can write on it and erase the writing just like a whiteboard too. It’s as simple as that!   

Magnetic glass board vs white board: What are the advantages?

 

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So, why would you opt for a magnetic glass board instead of a whiteboard? There are so many reasons, which is what these versatile boards are becoming so popular. Here are some of the top benefits of choosing a glassboard:

Decorative appeal: a decorative magnetic glass board can really transform a room. Whether it’s for personal use in a home or for businesses, there are plenty of choices to personalise a glassboard. Shape, colour and size options can be customised to give you something really unique. 

Clean appearance: a magnetic glass dry wipe board doesn’t smudge, mark or ‘ghost’ like a whiteboard can. It can always be wiped down to look clean rather than showing the remains of previous writing. This is a major advantage if you’re trying to create a tidy and attractive environment. 

Environmental concerns: glassboards are better for the environment. Whiteboards are made from plastic and are usually disposed of in landfill, whereas glass can be recycled.

Cost Effective: whilst the initial cost of a magnetic glass bulletin board might be more than a standard whiteboard, it’s more cost-effective in the long run. Whiteboards tend to need replacing every 4-6 years.  

Safety: glass boards can bear a much higher load than whiteboards, making them safer and sturdier. 

How to make a magnetic glass board

Professionally made magnetic glass noticeboards are created by attaching a layer of steel sheet metal behind the glass board. The board will be made from tempered glass with smooth, sanded edges to create a product that’s safe and looks stunning. It’s professionally painted using multiple steps to get an even and attractive finish. This process requires specialised tools and processes that are best left to professionals. 

Although some DIY glassboard making instructions can be found online, these have come under scrutiny due to safety concerns. If you’re looking for a magnetic glass board, choose a professionally made product that has been manufactured to meet safety standards.   

We provide glass cutting services for magnetic glass noticeboards. Why not get in touch to discuss your project? 

How to install magnetic glass board

 

 

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Large magnetic glass boards are heavy and should be installed carefully to make sure they’re properly secured. Here’s how to install one:

  1. Hold the board in the desired position. You might need two or three people to do this depending on the size of the board.
  2. Use a spirit level to check your glassboard is level. Mark the location of each mounting hole with a pencil. 
  3. Remove your glass board and place it in a safe place. Drill pilot holes in the mounting hole locations you have marked. 
  4. Screw in plasterboard fixings.
  5. Place a standoff over each plasterboard fixing and attach with a screw. 
  6. When all standoffs are flush against the wall, place a washer on each one.
  7. Lift the board into place.
  8. Attach standoff caps and fully tighten.
  9. Admire your new magnetic glass notice board!

If you want to install a new noticeboard for your home or business, it’s time to consider the magnetic glass board. We love them and we’re sure you will too!

Can You Replace Double Glazing Glass?

If your double glazing has failed, your home won’t be as energy efficient as it should be. Before you replace your windows, frames and all, consider whether you could just replace the glass. It can be a very effective and budget-friendly solution. 

Can I replace just the glass in a window?

double glazed windowIn short, yes! If your windows aren’t as energy efficient as they used to be, you can replace the double glazed glass unit without having to replace the whole window. 

Benefits of just replacing the glass include cost-saving, as this is usually cheaper than replacing the entire window including the frame. It’s also simpler and faster to replace the glass unit only. You can keep the style of your window the same too, whilst reaping the rewards of a more energy-efficient window. 

How long should double glazed sealed units last?

Double glazed units are expected to last around 20-35 years. Sometimes they can last even longer than this! So you’ll get a good lifespan from them. However, the units will eventually ‘blow’. This means that the seal in between the two panes of glass is no longer effective, and won’t be controlling the temperature in your home as it should.  

How to tell if double glazing needs replacing

condensation on windowHere are some telltale signs that your double glazing has failed. 

  • Condensation between panes of glass: this is one of the biggest signs that the window has blown. Condensation can’t form in between the panes when the double glazed unit is properly sealed.
  • Cloudy glass: as above, the glass may appear slightly cloudy due to condensation inside the glass.
  • Chips or cracks in the glass: any damage to the glass may have an impact on the overall effectiveness of the double glazed unit. 
  • Draughts: a draughty window is never a good sign! Although drafts are likely to be a problem with the frame, they may also indicate the double glazing seal has blown. 

If you notice any of the above signs, it’s likely that you need your double glazing or windows replaced. 

How much does it cost to replace double glazing glass?

The average cost to replace a blown window is £55-£145. The price will depend on the size of the window. Larger windows require more glass and also take longer to replace, so material and labour costs increase as the size of the window increases. 

How to replace double glazing units: step by step

There are different types of double glazing system available, these instructions are intended to provide a rough guide for the most common type. 

  1. Starting from the inside of your window, remove the wedge gasket.
  2. Move to the outside and remove the glazing beads. Leave the top one until last.
  3. Make a note of where any glazing packs are located before removing and from around the top and sides.
  4. Remove the blown double glazed unit.
  5. Check the glazing packs are still in the bottom and place the new glazing unit on top.
  6. Hold it secure, and add any other glazing packs back into their original location.
  7. Keep a hold of the glass unit whilst replacing the glazing beads in the reverse order.
  8. Replace the wedge gasket, which will lock everything in place. 

It’s important to familiarise yourself with the double glazing system, as there are different possibilities. The above instructions are intended as a rough guide only and will not be accurate for every type of double glazing. 

Replacing Double Glazing: What you Need to Know

  • You’ll need to measure up and order your double glazed unit before you start. Height and width are fairly easy to determine but thickness can be more challenging. You can always give us a call with approximate measurements and we’ll take it from there. 
  • Different types of glass are available, so you’ll need to decide which type you need for your replacement panel. 
  • Whilst this is a job you could tackle yourself, we can help with any step of the process. Just give our sales team a call on 0115 9222233 or get in touch via our contact page.
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How to Decorate Windows for Christmas (without damaging the glass)

As the festive season begins, it’s wonderful to bring some cheer to your household with lights and decorations. A prime decorating spot is the window, as there are so many ways to dress it up. Christmas window displays can make a big impact inside and outside your home.  

Decorating your window to create a festive atmosphere is a big part of Christmas preparations for many. There are a few things to avoid though if you want to keep your glass in good condition. Here’s how to decorate your windows for Christmas without dealing with damage in the new year. 

Christmas Window Decorations

The majority of Christmas window decorations are easy to put up and remove without causing any damage to your double glazed windows. Here are some of our favourites. 

Window ‘Cling’ Stickers

snowflakes in windowWindow stickers might sound like something to avoid if you want to keep your glass in good condition. But a good window ‘cling’ sticker doesn’t use adhesive. It uses static electricity to cling to your glass and can be applied and removed easily, with very little clean up required. You can use this type of window sticker to quickly create a christmas display, and re-use the window clings for years to come.

Curtain Lights

Curtain lights are specially designed to dress the inside of your window with a twinkly display. They typically have lots of strands that dangle down to create a full festive window dressing in one go. Hang them with a tension rod or no damage adhesive clips and make sure they hang slightly away from the glass itself to avoid any small scratches or marks.    

Baubles

Just like curtain lights, baubles are a cost-effective way to fill your whole window with a seasonal display. You can hang them at different lengths across an existing curtain pole for a fuss-free window filler. As before, just make sure they aren’t touching the window glass as they could leave tiny scratches behind, which won’t look attractive in January! 

Windowsill Displays

There are a whole host of Christmas decorations ready to stand on your windowsill to give your home a festive feel. Effective windowsill displays tend to feature a collection of decorations on a theme, with different heights included. Light up decorations look great after dark too and may be visible from the outside. Make sure you remove any standing ornaments regularly to dust and dry the area. They may harbour condensation which can lead to patches of mould if left unchecked throughout the festive period. 

Christmas Tree

christmas treeThe classic window decoration for christmas is your tree! Simply decorate both sides and place in front of the window so it can be seen from the outside. Christmas trees make stunning window decorations, as nothing quite beats the glimpse of a beautifully decorated tree with the twinkling lights reflected in the glass. 

Outdoor Window Decor for Christmas

If you’re really looking to impress visitors and passers by this Christmas, you might be thinking about outside window decoration for Christmas too. Here are some ideas to dress your windows to impress!

Window Boxes

festive window boxWhy not dress your window box with festive decorations? Mini evergreen trees, pine cones or cut christmas foliage make a beautiful display. 

Garlands

Use winter foliage to create a garland around your window. Cut foliage will last longer outdoors but bear in mind that it will start to deteriorate. Create your garland a few days before Christmas for the best results. 

Lights

Outdoor lights hung around a window or underneath the frame can look particularly effective. They can provide a frame for your indoor decorations as they’re being viewed from the outside. This option might need the addition of some small cup hooks which would leave a mark in your external wall. Alternatively, sucker hooks could be added to the glass. Just make sure it’s clean before you add them and give the glass a good wipe down after removal too.

It’s Time to get Decorating…

Decorating your windows for Christmas can be lots of fun and enjoying them will bring a daily dose of festive joy. If you take your time choosing, putting them up, and taking them down with care, they shouldn’t cause any damage to your window glass. How will you decorate your window for Christmas this year?

 

How Long Does Double Glazing Last?

Trying to answer this question can be tough. So many environmental factors can affect the longevity of double glazed windows, so it really does depend. The lifespan of double glazing can be anything from 10 to 50 years depending on how well they’re made, installed and looked after. However, on average you’d expect double glazed units to last a minimum of 20 years. 

The good news is that over the last few decades, technology for manufacturing double glazing units has improved exponentially and the materials that are being used has improved greatly. Double glazed windows that are made today are far more thermally and energy efficient than those that were made in the 80’s, 90’s and early 00’s. 

As a result, it’s fair to say that a double glazed sealed unit produced today will have a lifespan of 25 to 30 years – and maybe even more if fitted in a sheltered location and not subject to extreme weather. 

What factors affect the lifespan of double glazing?

The three main factors that affect double glazing are location, quality of manufacture and quality of installation. These factors can halve or double the longevity of a double glazed unit, but one of the biggest culprits for causing problems is temperature. 

The insulating gas between panes of glass in a double glazed unit reacts to changes in temperature by expanding and contracting. This is called thermal pumping and often windows that are south facing and in direct sunlight for a number of hours, are most susceptible. 

Thermal pumping can put extra stress on the seals of a double glazed unit as it constantly expands and contracts. Over time, the seals will start to fail and as minute fractures begin to grow, air will be sucked into the unit, replacing the insulating gas and compromising their thermal efficiency.

How do you know if your double glazing needs replacing? 

Energy-efficient windows are a key structural part of a property that significantly contribute to reducing energy bills and ultimately, keeping your home warm. To ensure you’re not paying more than you should be for your heating bills, it’s really important that your windows continue to perform as intended.

If you’ve noticed that your heating bills seem to be creeping up, it could be that your windows are starting to fail. But there are a number of other ways to identify problems with double glazing units too – each of which are a dead give away that something isn’t quite right:

You can feel a draught around the frame

If you run your hands around the frame where it meets the sealed unit and it feels draughty and cold, either the seals around the frame have perished or the double glazed unit itself has failed. If the unit fails, the gas that insulates the panes of glass will dissipate which will dramatically decrease the U Value. If the seal around the frame has perished, this can easily be replaced, however if the unit has failed a new one will be required.

Condensation in between the panes of a double glazed unit

Condensation on windows isn’t usually cause for concern and there are many simple ways to tackle that, but condensation inside windows should be taken more seriously.

Each sealed unit usually contains a desiccant such as silica gel, which forms part of the spacer bar inside the unit. This is there to absorb the natural moisture that occurs between the panes to keep the unit fog-free. If however the seals of the unit begin to fail, more moisture will be drawn in through thermal pumping which will saturate the desiccant. It’s this over-saturation that causes condensation and fog to form and is usually a pretty obvious indicator that it’s time to replace the unit.

It is however worth noting that condensation is more likely to form in windows that are in direct sunlight. So a north-facing window might have failed seals but won’t show condensation for example. 

There’s white dust inside the double glazed unit 

You may not see signs of condensation but once the desiccant inside a seal unit becomes saturated it will start to degrade. As it degrades it will essentially fall apart and the particles will begin to drift around the sealed unit, settling on the inside of the panes of glass. This is a sure sign that your double glazed unit is compromised and will need to be replaced.

You can hear a lot of noise from outside

Not only does double glazing act as insulation against temperature, but sound too. When your windows are closed, the noise from outside should be reduced and muffled, maybe even shut off completely. If however you’ve started to notice more noise than usual, the gas could have escaped from your sealed unit, reducing the insulation.

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If you have a question about double glazed sealed units, or you’ve decided it’s time to get a replacement, get in touch with our expert team who’ll be able to advise on the best course of action. Here at KLG Glass we only make to order with an extensive range of glass and spacer bars to choose from, all ready and waiting to help you get the job done!

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Selling Your House? Here Are 5 Tips on How to Use Glass to Boost Its Appeal

It’s been a weird year so far, and you’d definitely be forgiven for wanting to change things up with a fresh start somewhere new. If this year is your year to find your dream home, then it’s probably time to jazz up your current house and give it some kerb appeal ready for it going on the market.

Buying and selling a house is likely to be one of the biggest and most stressful decisions you’ll make in your life, so it’s important to make the process as easy and quick as possible, right? 

Giving your house the wow factor is probably one of the most important things you can aim for when selling. Wanting a prospective buyer to fall in love with your home as soon as they walk through the door is key for getting the ball rolling, and there are a number of things you can do that are both easy to do and inexpensive. 

Here, we’re going to take a look at how to use glass to improve your home, with a few other quick and easy home improvement tips thrown in for good measure.

Strategically placed mirrors

Mirrors are a fantastic way of creating the illusion of space. If you have a small room or slim hallway, a made to measure mirror placed horizontally can widen an area as well as add light. To that end, if you have an area that doesn’t really get all that much natural light, placing a mirror opposite a window can really brighten it up as it’s reflected around the room. 

One thing to avoid with mirrors when trying to sell your home, is placing them directly opposite a door way, particularly your front door. Being greeted by an unexpected vision of yourself can make some people uncomfortable, so it’s always best to steer clear if you can. Despite their purpose, making mirrors as inconspicuous as possible is the key. If you want some more handy tips on using mirrors in your home, check out our blog post on how to use mirrors to maximise space

Let the light flow with glazed internal doors

Whilst it’s not necessarily one of the cheapest things to do, replacing solid internal doors with glazed doors is a great way to create a flow of natural light around your home. This is particularly useful for houses with a more linear structure such as terraces which can fall victim to dark spots as the day moves on. 

Creating a light, bright atmosphere in your home not only makes it feel bigger, it can also be quite calming. Unless you’re looking for a project, you’ll know as a buyer how important getting that “feel” for a place really is and maximising the light is a great way to do this.

Replace wooden shelves with glass shelving

Much like solid doors, solid furniture can become a bit of a sticking point when it comes to blocking out natural light, creating giant shadows and dark spots in a room. If for example you have a large bookcase that takes up a lot of wall space, not only can this be quite imposing, it can also make a room feel smaller as it likely draws a lot of focus. Replacing solid shelves with a series of glass shelves will not only help increase light flow but will add a modern, sleek touch to the room too. 

Replace grubby tiles with a glass splashback

If your kitchen or bathroom tiles are looking a little worn out and in need of a refresh, replacing them with a glass splashback can actually be a much quicker and cheaper solution. The kitchen in particular is one room that most buyers will focus a lot of attention on, so it’s important for the first impression to be a good one. 

Often, the tiles are a big focal point and if they’re a little outdated or not in the best state, a potential buyer may see that as a job that needs doing, which could put some people off. Not only that, with cleaner lines and a fuss free design, a glass splashback can really add a modern edge to a kitchen with minimal effort, as well as provide a more practical solution compared to tiles when it comes to cleaning.

Clean your windows!

OK, this one might seem like an obvious one, but it really can make a huge difference. Increasing kerb appeal is a massive thing when it comes to selling your house and the state of your windows is a big deal when it comes to this. You want the outside of your house to make the best first impression it can and as your windows are a big part of the exterior, it makes sense to ensure they look their best. But don’t just give the glazing a clean, give the frames a scrub too if you can! If they’re wooden frames, a fresh coat of paint or stain will definitely help. 

But it’s not just about the outside, making sure your windows are clean can have a big impact on the interior, too. It’s surprising how much natural light can be lost when windows are smeared or dirty, and if you hadn’t guessed already, natural light is probably one of the biggest things that will help sell your house. Check out our article on glass cleaning tips for what we think are some of the best ways to get those windows looking sparkly and fresh. 

Other ways to make your house more appealing

While products such as mirrors, splashbacks and glass shelves can help add appeal to your home for a relatively small amount of money, there are loads of other things you can do quickly and cheaply, so here are some of our favourite ideas:

Decorate in neutral colours – Give your walls a fresh coat of paint and provide prospective buyers with a blank canvas for their own ideas. While decorating to your own personal taste is great, it may not appeal to others.

Switch up your switches – This may not be something that even crossed your mind but replacing old light switches and plug sockets with new ones can be a great way to add to the fresh factor for not much money at all.

Refresh your front door – As we’ve already mentioned, kerb appeal really matters and while replacing your front door may not be a particularly cheap job, it can actually add value to your home, not only from an aesthetics point of view but from a security standpoint, too. If however, your budget won’t stretch to a new front door but you have a wooden one, giving it a fresh coat of paint will certainly help.

Add a shed to your garden – While it’s unlikely to add value, it can definitely be a selling point. Even if it’s just a little one, it will also give you somewhere to stash all of the bits and bobs that you’ve accumulated in the garden in the meantime – helping to make the most of the space on offer. 

We hope you’ve found our tips useful and good luck with the sale!

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!

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.

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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!

How to Stop Condensation Forming on Windows

Curling up in a warm and cosy house while the world outside is icy cold, is one of winter’s greatest pleasures. But that joy can easily be lost when you start to see spots of condensation speckling your window panes. Not only does it make that frost-struck world harder to see, it can cause a niggling worry. Something about it just doesn’t feel right.

This is why we’ve chosen to share some facts about condensation on double glazed windows; including why it appears, the best way to tackle it and how you can prevent it even appearing in the first place.

What can cause condensation on windows?

The basic cause of condensation is moist, warm air hitting a cold, hard surface.

Warm air is able to hold a lot more moisture than cold air can, so when air cools suddenly any moisture in it is lost quickly, forming droplets. Windows are pretty much magnets for condensation. Being the thinnest point between the inside and outside, they are usually the coldest surface in the room. As a result, they’re often the first area in a home where condensation begins to form.

Is condensation on windows normal?

The good news is that condensation isn’t complete unusual, and doesn’t necessarily mean there’s anything wrong with your windows. However, condensation can cause serious damage to window frames and the surrounding area, so it is always best to tackle it as soon you see it.

Can condensation on windows cause mould?

The other reason you shouldn’t ignore condensation is that it can lead to the growth of black mould around your windows. As well as looking unpleasant, black mould can be harmful to your health and it is sensible to take reasonable precautions to prevent this becoming a persistent problem.

What can help prevent condensation on windows?

Your first thought for tackling this issue may be about how to absorb condensation from windows. But short of taking a towel and dabbing the glass glass, there is no reliable way of removing that moisture.

This is why it’s a much better idea to take steps to prevent the condensation forming in the first place. Particularly if you notice it appearing regularly throughout the crisp winter months.

If you’re looking to prevent condensation in your home, the first thing you should try to do is reduce the humidity in the air.

Condensation is a sure sign that there is too much moisture being generated and it’s becoming trapped in your house. Minimise this, and you will lower the chances of that unwanted water appearing.

The second thing you need to address is ventilation. A regular flow or movement of air will stop it fixing on to cold services, whilst also helping to maintain an even temperature.

One final, effective way to reduce condensation on old or single pane windows is to replace them. Double and triple glazed windows sandwich pockets of heat reflective gas between the panes of glass. This provides an extra layer of insulation, keeping the cold external air away from the warm air inside your house.

If you already have double glazing, you might be wondering why condensation keeps forming in the same area. This could be due to a fault with the sealed unit and it may no longer be air-tight causing the insulating gas with in the unit to “leak” out, as such the unit may need to be replaced.

The benefits of double glazing are two-fold, not only with they help reduce condensation, but can help lower your heating bills as well – so they’re definitely worth considering if you haven’t already.

How to treat condensation on windows

That covers the basic principles for combating condensation in your home. There are plenty of ways you can put these in to practice, but here are some simple tips that we recommend you try:

Don’t leave clothes to dry inside your house

Clothes dry when the water they were washed in evaporates. But that water is just evaporating into the air, which is where it will stay until it meets some cold, hard glass. If you can, get your clothes onto a washing line outside or invest in a tumble dryer.

But, make sure you get a dryer that can be vented to the outside via a hole in the wall or a condenser dryer which holds on to the moisture that is sucked out of the clothes. Otherwise, you’re still just replacing one source of moisture for another.

Turn on your extractor fans

Kitchens and bathrooms are usually the biggest culprits for causing condensation. All that steam, from your scalding hot shower or simmering pans, quickly fogs the air and will turn to water droplets on any cold surface it hits.

This is why you usually find an extractor fan in either or both rooms. These will suck up the worst of the warm, damp air out of the house. Keep them on for fifteen or twenty minutes after you’ve finished cooking or showering for full effect. If you don’t have an extractor fan in your kitchen or bathroom, opening a window whilst cooking/showering will ensure there’s adequate ventilation to minimise a build-up of steam.

Pop lids on to your pans

Another kitchen tip is to put lids on the pots and pans you use on the hob – particularly when you are boiling or steaming food.

This way, any evaporating water will simply condense against the lid and won’t escape to add humidity to your home.

Move your pot plants outside

Plants can bring a lot of life, light and freshness to your home. Unluckily, they can also bring moisture, especially if they’re situated on a window sill or in a conservatory. If you’re really struggling with condensation, consider removing any flowers or large plants for a while.

Invest in a dehumidifier

This is a machine that will suck a lot of the moisture out of the air. Just make sure to regularly empty the drip tray (where all the moisture will wait as water). If you don’t, you will just create another “source” of moisture to dampen the air. The gathered water can also begin to go mouldy, which means the spore and bacteria will start to circulate as the dehumidifier operates. This is definitely not something you want to happen.

Windows covered in condensation don’t just look bad, they can seriously damage your window frames and even impact on your health. We hope this post has give you some simple solutions for tackling it and shown it is not always bad news when you spot some condensation on your windows.

How to Use Mirrors to Maximise Space

When it comes to interior decoration, mirrors are secret stars. A carefully placed made-to-measure mirror can turn a dark, dingy space into a large, light one and visually triple it in size.

Their reflective surface creates a fantastic illusion that increases the size of any room. It will bounce around any light already in it (natural and artificial) and make it feel a lot lighter, brighter and much airier.

Even better, the way it reflects and repeats the space in front of it also adds depth, stretching out floors and easing apart walls to create a bigger, fresher room.

That’s why we thought we should show you some crafty tips on how to decorate with mirrors and turn your teeny compact rooms into big bright spaces. In this post we’ll share suggestions on how to use mirrors to make a room look bigger, how to raise your ceilings and lengthen your hallways, all through harnessing the magic of mirrors.

How do you enlarge a room with a mirror?

When trying to maximise space with a mirror, where to hang it is the important question.

One simple technique is to hoist your mirror high.  If you’re worried about low ceilings cramping your space, angle mirrors at a slant between the wall and ceiling. This will elongate the gap between the floor and the ceiling, making your walls seem taller and your ceiling feel higher.

Another idea is to put one near or next to a window. This will help it catch the perfect amount of light, as well as reflect the world outside. Capturing beautiful, natural light inside will always make a room feel not just bigger, but happier too.

One word of caution though: avoid placing mirrors directly opposite a window. Direct sunlight on a reflective surface can get incredibly hot, and the temperature may actually damage your mirror, dulling the reflective surface and bleaching any decorative work.

How do you use a large mirror in a small space?

Small or awkward spaces will massively benefit from a big mirror. If you’ve got sloping ceilings, alcoves or protruding walls, then a custom-cut mirror perfectly slotted into an awkward spot will really open your room up. Not only will the mirror help capture the light, it creates an attractive feature that will complement the odd angles and turn them into features.

At KLG, we make custom mirrors cut to size, allowing you to tackle any troublesome spots. Whatever their shape or dimension, you can transform your crooked, confined spaces easily with a bespoke mirror.

Using Mirrors in a Narrow Hallway or Corridor

Adding a long, tall mirror to a hallway or corridor is a great way to make a narrow space feel wider and fresher. Don’t feel tied to just placing one at the end of the hall, as lengthening the room this way, may actually make it feel even narrower.

Instead, hang them on the longer side walls. Go for one lovely large one, or even multiple mirrors. Patchwork different sizes and shapes to create a ‘mirror gallery’ and you’ll manage to add style as well as space to your hallway.

Of course, there’s one final advantage to keeping mirrors in your hallway, or by your front door: it lets you have one last check of how you look before you leave the house!

Decorating with Mirrors

Mirrors aren’t just cunning tricksters primed for maximising your space, they also make a great decorative feature in their own right. Here are some tips for making the most of mirrors in your home:

  • Turn your mirrors into a focal point

An ornate frame, intricate with scroll work, will add a feel of regal decadence to even the smallest space. While a simple driftwood frame stained white is a surefire shortcut to a bright, breezy beach house vibe.

  • Try not to go overboard

Unfortunately, the answer to the question can you have too many mirrors in one room, is yes.

As wonderful and miraculous as they are, it is definitely possible to go too far when you’re decorating with mirrors. No more than two large mirrors, or a single wall with mirrors in one room are good rules of thumb. If you use too many, your rooms will actually start to feel busy, cluttered and really just shrink them right back down.

  • Don’t be constrained by frames

Mirrors without frames can make arresting features and focal points. Sandblasting is a great way to add patterns or textures straight onto the surface of the mirror itself,  it works particularly well in bath and wet rooms.

Alternatively, small, plain mirrors can be built up to make a mosaic wall. The clean lines of the unframed mirrors will give a minimalist edge to your decor, while the maximised light will help enlarge the space into a big, bright and modern space.

  • Choose your rooms wisely

Another common worry people have about mirrors can be; is it bad to have mirrors in your bedroom?

While it isn’t bad as such, you should definitely take care where you place mirrors in rooms designated for sleeping. Avoid placing them where they will reflect the bed – it can be a little tacky and quite off-putting to wake every morning face-to-face with your sleep-soaked self. A great alternative is to have it above the headboard, so you can choose when to admire your reflection and when to ignore it.

Think about where the morning sun will enter your room too, being awoken by sunlight reflected off a mirror isn’t always as fun as you’d hope it would be.

Mirrors are a fantastic interior design tool. A fail safe way to grow small box rooms into pleasurable spaces, and dingy hallways in bright, broad walkways. Whether it’s one with a statement frame, or a custom-cut extra-large mirror, hopefully this post has given you a couple of ideas on how you can use mirrors for maximum impact in your home.