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21st May 2024

Designing for Wellness – Glass Balustrades in the Home

What is wellness? It’s defined as the pursuit of well-being, which is feeling healthy in the mental, physical, emotional, spiritual, social and environmental aspects of life. Wellness is the choices we make to achieve a balanced lifestyle in which we thrive, rather than simply survive. So, where do home interiors come into wellness and well-being?

Your surroundings can have a huge impact on your mood. This can range from the light in your space to the decoration. The emotional, mental and environmental elements of your life can be greatly affected by where you live and what you see in your surroundings, day in and day out.

Because of this, making sure your home is designed with wellness in mind is very important for some people. A well-designed home using glass elements can have a profound difference in your mood, helping you on your wellness journey.

Let’s explore how incorporating glass finishes into your home can help improve your mood and feel a little lighter overall.

Enhance natural light

Being exposed to more daylight is thought to be good for both your physical and mental well-being. 

A study carried out in China titled ‘Association Between Sunlight Exposure and Mental Health’ studied 787 workers and concluded that ‘the positive association between sunlight exposure and mental health existed. Appropriate enhancement of sunlight exposure will be beneficial to mental health.’

It is said that the more daylight you get during the day, specifically in the morning, the easier your body finds it to stay in sync with the 24-hour day. This, in turn, could help you feel more awake during the day and more tired at night. It is believed that the more daylight exposure you get, the more melatonin you produce.

Sunlight is also known to raise moods, especially here in the UK. Who doesn’t get excited at the prospect of some time outdoors around the BBQ? Daylight can increase motivation, make us feel more productive, and can even help with easing anxiety according to the above-mentioned study.

Well-placed glass elements in your home allow for more natural light. Solid walls block light from windows from spreading further, but with glass, it will stream through. Consider glass partitions in place of interior walls and railings to allow that natural light to spill through to more spaces.

Create the illusion of space

Open, airy spaces help create a sense of serenity for some, reducing stress and promoting feelings of calm. This soothing effect can have powerful results on minds that are feeling weighed down or for those who feel mentally cluttered. Open spaces often feel like freedom, but for some, large rooms aren’t readily available.

Glass balustrades or glass panels in place of interior walls help create the illusion of more space, even as the room stays the same size. Seeing right through into nearby areas can create a more relaxed feeling in your home. When you need a moment to gather your thoughts, it provides the space for you to stare off into the distance and do just that. Glass elements can help achieve visually spacious environments, resulting in a more breathable feel.

Safe and stylish

While we all want our homes to be aesthetically pleasing, it’s important to keep them safe, too. While it’s impractical to forgo a safety barrier for staircases and upper-level floors, you don’t have to compromise. Rather than railings inside and around your home, to promote space and light, opt for frameless glass balustrades instead. Not only do they protect you, kids, and pets from falling, but glass is an incredibly safe material.

Our glass is toughened and strong as steel, meaning it will not shatter. It takes an immense amount of strain to crack our glass panels, so you can rest easy with them in your home. Glass is low-maintenance and resilient, resistant to the problems that wood and metal face, like pests, decay, and rust. It is safe and looks fantastic while allowing natural light to bounce around your home, resulting in better well-being.

Enhance your home with Norwich Glass Company

Achieving well-being is a lifelong pursuit, making lifestyle choices and choosing activities that best aid in your journey. Make it easier on yourself by transforming your home into a safe and relaxing place to be. Spending time in natural light and airy space daily can have a wonderful impact on how you feel day-to-day, so it is always worth considering if you want to make a positive change.

Our expert teams are ready to help you design your home for wellness. Whether you’re looking to replace walls or railings, create a glass balcony to bring the outside in, or even make a bespoke mirror, we are the professionals you can rely on. Get in touch with us today to discuss your ideas, and let us help you introduce glass into your home. 

Call us on 01603 431409 to talk to one of our friendly customer service team, or use our simple online form.

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