Today experts will agree that exposure to natural light during the day is strongly linked to energy, mood, sleep and an overall hightened quality of life. If we deprive ourselves of natural light, we often become down and moody, sometimes even starting to suffer from insomnia.
Without natural light we become irritable, easily distracted and become far more likely to suffer from depression, or make this condition far worse.
Natural light is particularly important in the workplace. A good amount of natural light is known to boost morale, it improves motivation and performance. On the other hand, strong artificial light can cause headaches and can make some people feel nervous or anxious.
It has been observed that an absence of natural light has brought about feelings of exhaustion, clearly not good for the working environment.
Although the scenario above concentrates on the workplace, more and more people are now working from home. The main reason for this is the Covid 19 pandemic that has seen so many of us forced to work remotely from our usual office setting, but some had already started to work remotely before the pandemic started.
Copious amounts of glass and wide open, airy offices are pretty standard for the average modern office space, but this does not follow in the home environment. Home workers are often having to work in a spare room or even cooped up in the void space under the flight of stairs, basically anywhere they can fit a small computer desk and chair. This is clearly not good for the mood or well being in the long term, but there are some things you can do to improve the situation.
As glass allows natural light to penetrate, the more glass you have around the home the better. Glass is easy to keep clean, vital with Covid doing the rounds, a quick spray of antibacterial solution and a wipe down with a paper towel and you are good to go. Look for glass desks rather than the standard wooden types, they not only look great, they allow natural light to reach the lower half of the body that sits in the shade of a standard desk.
Making good use of glass shelving systems is another good way of preventing natural light from being blocked out. Many home environments have shelves with ornaments that cause shaded areas in the home. Replacing these with glass shelves will not only allow natural light to penetrate the shelves, it will give you a whole new perspective when viewing your ornaments.
Our bodies are meant to be exposed to natural light on a regular basis. Above we discussed how a lack of natural light can adversely impact our mood and mental health, but what about our physical health?
When the sun comes up, we are supposed to get up too. This is why so many night workers struggle to sleep during the day and have a higher chance of becoming ill with the colds and flu viruses that are around, particularly during the colder months. During these months, it is cold but more importantly, darker. The days are shorter which cuts down our exposure to natural light even further. So what is the big deal with natural light and why we should get as much of it as possible?
The answer is simple, natural light gives us Vitamin D. By now it would appear that it's common knowledge that daylight is our main source of vitamin D, but not as many people know exactly what we need it this vitamin for. Vitamin D is the key ingredient in strong bone development. Our body needs it to absorb calcium, and it helps us to develop in infancy and as we continue to grow. A lack of vitamin D is also connected to depression, obesity, and many other negative health issues. This is why we should do everything we can to maximise our exposure to natural light to combat these problems and having as much glass around us is a great way to do just that.
We know that too much direct sunlight on our skin is not good for us. We are constantly being warned about the dangers of skin cancer if we get too much sun. While a little sun is great for increasing our production of vitamin D, for improving our mood and for giving us a healthy looking glow, too much of it can cause sunburn, prematurely age the skin and drastically increase your chances of getting skin cancer.
So will sitting by a window have the same effects as sitting outside? Can you still get sunburn? Will you still produce more vitamin D?
The most important question to ask is whether or not those UV rays from the sun still harm you through a window. If you sit at your computer by a window, are you getting harmed by the light coming through it?
The simple answer is a yes! The UV rays do come through glass and can still cause you harm. Fortunately, it does block some of the suns rays depending on their wavelength.
We are not advocating sitting in a goldfish bowl though, we are suggesting allowing more natural light into and around your home or working environment and glass is a great way of preventing this natural, health giving light from being kept out.
Steer clear of sitting directly next to a window in full sun, but site your seating area out of direct sunlight. This way you will reap the benefits of the natural light and also make your furniture last longer as the sun won't be able to damage it. A leather chair in full sun will crack and dry quicker than one sited a few feet away from the same glass window, the same applies to your skin.
Should you have to site your workstation near the stairs, glass balustrades can help to allow more natural light to reach that usually dark and shaded part of the house.
Glass balustrades with stainless steel or brushed alluminium hardware not only look ultra modern and clean, but the natural light that can travel through the glass is bound to lift the mood of any room and the people who use it too.
Much in the same way that glass balustrades improve the ability of natural light to penetrate a room, toughened glass partitions will do the same, while updating the decor at the same time.
Alcoves in a room can be dark and dreary places. Any length of time spent working in such an environment will make you feel fed up and listless. Toughened glass partitions or room dividers will look great while maximising the amount of natural light that can reach the once dreary area that was surrounded by panels, curtains or walls.
Although glass allows natural light to reach every part of the room, it also has other health benefits. Glass is the easiest material to clean!
Glass partitions, glass shelving systems, glass balustrades or even glass desks are by far the most hygienic material to have around the home or office. Glass can easily be sanitised, leaving nowhere for viruses to lurk. Other materials are tougher to keep clean as they will never be as smooth as glass.
So keep the natural light coming in, increase your vitamin D and look after your mental and physical health, while improving the look and feel of your home at the same time.
We all get to a point when we suddenly become aware that our home or garden are looking quite dated. This often happens after we have been to a friends house who have opted for the light airy look and feel that glass furnishings can deliver. We then start to compare our property with theirs and yearn for a change for the better.
The kitchen is the heart of any home. It is a place that creativity can flourish and more and more people are spending more time in the kitchen and money in revamping this part of the house than ever before.
Nothing quite beats the beauty of glass. Whether clear, coloured, smooth or textured. Glass has held our fascination for many years, with ornate stained glass windows and Tiffany lamps becoming iconic in some circles. But what is it about glass that makes it fit so well in a modern home?
A debate we hear all too often is the tiles, panels and other wall coverings versus splashbacks argument! Which is best? Which is more hygienic? and which of the choices are easier to maintain?
The world as we know it has changed! Gone are the days when we could go about our daily business without really thinking too much about picking up a nasty virus from the things we touch.
Bacteria can spread anywhere in the kitchen. So it really is important to wash your hands and kitchen surfaces before and after making food. Bacteria can spread from one surface to another without you knowing it. If the bacteria get into food, they can cause foodborne illnesses.
When we think of the ideal colour for a new glass kitchen splashback, the chances are we will be thinking about a light or vibrant colour to brighten our homes. Black is quite possibly the very last colour that springs to mind, but why?
Put simply, a glass splashback is very smooth and hygienic, making them a far superior alternative to traditional tiles. Even though the majority of tiles are glazed to a glass like finish, the grout lines are a major pain to keep clean and will discolour badly in a relatively short period of time.
Take a look at the picture on the right and imagine what it would be like to let that dog into your house, this is every dog owners nightmare!
The summer is now over and we are into the early autumn months, so we have many months of potentially wet and muddy pets coming in and out of our houses. Even during the summer months dogs will frequently roll around on the dry ground, picking up dust in their coat. When it rains, this dust turns back to mud ready to be shaken all over your walls and furniture.
We all know what it's like to come home after a hard days graft, only to be faced with a wall full of filthy tiles that need cleaning. It's a tough job at the best of times, but when the grime has found its way into the grout, it can rapidly become a nightmare.
So you've watched loads of cooking programmes and have looked through endless brochures, but how are you going to achieve that extra special, unique finishing touch to your decor? The answer is clear!
Are you looking for something just that little bit different for your new kitchen? To have something that will really put the top hat on your kitchen design will need to be a bit more than some fancy ceramic tiles!
Glass splashbacks have a number of advantages over the alternatives when it comes to covering and protecting the walls of your kitchen or bathroom. Installing glass splashbacks in the home is a reasonably new development, but already they are fast proving to be the preferred choice by many people. The glass splashback is a very attractive alternative to wooden cladding or ceramic tiles and the people who are discovering it are ralising how glass can become such a beautiful medium for covering a wall.
Should you be thinking seriously about having a new kitchen fitted, you will need to consider what wall coverings are going to compliment the units. So many people will try to copy what the kitchen showroom had done with the display kitchen, only to wish they had excercised a little more imagination when the job was finished.
We all need a splash of colour to brighten up our lives and what better way to achieve this than having a beautiful coloured glass splashback fitted professionally by Splashbacks of Distinction.
A clear glass splashback can look pretty amazing but a coloured one just seems to have a certain je ne sais quoi about it. There are so many different colours to choose from and we can supply swatches to help our clients make up their mind before they commit to a definite choice.
Glass splashbacks are by far the best way to really modernise and brighten up your kitchen or bathroom. Years ago you had the bewildering array of tiles of different sizes, shapes, colours and textures. The one thing that all tiles have in common is that they all need to be grouted onto the wall. This grout can look untidy unless you have the tiles fitted by a professional and they are a magnet for harmful bacteria.
Every so often we all need to think about a spot of decorating around the house. It may be that all that's required is a lick of paint, a sheet or two of new wallpaper or a new floor covering. On the other hand it may be the long overdue task of replacing a kitchen, bathroom or totally revamping your living space. But where do you start?
With so many people wanting to upgrade their kitchens from the traditional ceramic tiled splashbacks to a more durable and attractive alternative, Splashbacks of Distinction are now available in and around the Cambridge area to answer their call.
We have all heard people say that you could eat your dinner off the floor as it is so clean, but did you realise that the kitchen can be one of the dirtiest rooms in the house. Quite frightening considering all the family meals are prepared there.
We would all like a new fitted kitchen! It's that time of year when we start to take stock and notice all those little jobs that need doing around the home. The kitchen is the one room in any home that is used on a regular basis and the one that probably takes the most punishment. Heat, grease and grime build up without even the cleanest of cooks noticing. The worktops, walls and ceilings start to lose there clean look and become dull and dirty. It's not until you thoroughly clean an area that you really notice just how grimy your kitchen has become. Now could be the perfect time to consider doing something about it.
One of the things that many homeowners dream about is having a new fitted kitchen installed. The kitchen has frequently been described as the heart of any house and so many seem to spend an awful lot of time in them. Some may like to potter about testing out new dishes to tempt their friends and families taste buds, whereas others see the kitchen as a sanctuary to get away from the kids.
When you visit the various DIY stores and see how much they charge for their glass shower enclosures and screens, it is hardly surprising why so many of us go home and continue to use an assortment of suspended shower curtains.
If you have you have been trying to decide whether to make the change from a shower curtain to a shower door or shower enclosure made from toughened glass, Splashbacks of Distinction are here to help.
If you have ever had to fix new tiles, repair, replace or even clean the grouting in the existing tiles in a shower enclosure, you will know just what a pain it can be! Having a sparkling new toughened glass shower enclosure is certainly a great investment to make, but why not go all out and have the walls of the enclosure covered in glass too?
Have you ever looked through home design magazines or watched some television makeover shows and envied the beautiful results they achieve? There is one room in a house that is often overlooked for a makeover and it happens to be the smallest room in the house, the bathroom!
Glass is a wonderful medium to use in the home and can look particularly stunning in the bathroom as well as the kitchen. Like Splashbacks of Distinctions coloured kitchen splashbacks, we can also provide you with the same superior quality toughened safety glass for bathrooms and showers. Glass shower splashbacks are so easy to clean using glass cleaner, they will not have the mould issues you get with tiles that have been grouted. Glass splashbacks are not limited to the shower either, depending on your budget they can be used to create stunning glass feature walls.
As a business owner you will know that in the commercial sector, style, cost and low maintenance are all important. You want your premises to look inviting not only for your visiting clients, but your work force too. Working in a drab space does nothing for productivity and our toughened glass commercial balustrades will allow the light to flood into your office or warehouse space. No more dark and dreary stairwells to contend with.
Glass balustrades will look fantastic in your home or office space, allowing every ray of natural light to flood in, lifting your mood and bringing the other health benefits that only natural light can. However, have you considered just how amazing a glass balustrade would look outside?
When the time is right to make improvements to our homes, the list of jobs to do seems endless. That drab paintwork needs brightening, the worn or chipped laminate flooring needes replacing or the carpet has no life or spring left in it. It may even be the kitchen units that have seen better days, but of all the jobs that can be tackled, one seems to be missed out for some strange reason, the balustrades!
Juliet balconies were named after the famous balcony scene from Shakespeares Romeo and Juliet. The shallow balcony is designed to provide a decorative safety barrier in front of French windows.
Glass balustrades are a very popular architectural glazing design feature on so many projects around the home. Glass balustrades create a clear, clean and modern yet strong safety barrier to keep you and yours safe from harm, whilst improving and updating your home.
Stairs are an obvious structural centrepiece of any home, so the way they look is vital. An untidy, tired and old fashioned staircase will make an instant negative first impression on visitors, and can even lower the value of your home should it be on the market.
Balustrades have been used in buildings for many years. Internal and external balustrades support staircases, balconies, and provide much needed safety and security. We have developed a wide range of glass balustrades to enhance your property. As a result, our glass balustrades have become extremely popular with our clients, maybe because they have so many benefits.
There is an exciting new look available for your staircase! Toughened glass balustrades look absolutely fabulous and lift a home into a new dimension.
The mirror is a staple in most houses. They are traditionally found above the fireplace in the front room and in the bathroom and toilet, occasionally they may be found in the bedroom too. This article will demonstrate just some of the clever ways that you can use mirrors around your home to great effect.
Locating a mirror in the correct place in a room allows you to maximise and make the most of the natural light. Placing the mirror close to a window will catch the angle of light and bounce it throughout the room.
When it comes to choosing the right mirror to fit in with your home or office decor, Splashbacks of distinction are confident that we could manufacture and fit the mirror to suit your own individual requirements.
It could be argued that we are all more obsessed with our appearance than we would like to admit. But is this really an indication of vanity? A vain person is meant to be conceited and have excessive pride in their appearance. There is nothing wrong with being concerned about ones appearance, as this is quite normal and understandable. In fact, studies have shown that attractive people have distinct advantages over less attractive people in our society.
We all take them for granted! We brush our teeth, comb our hair, shave and check out how we look in them every day, but we rarely think about the impact a mirror actually has on our lives.
Toughened glass partitions can have a major impact on your business and possibly, even in the home environment too. They allow natural light to flood into any space, avoiding dark dead spots that require artificial lighting.
We all have shelves! Some are to display the odd ornament or curiosity, whereas others have a more specific use for must have or regularly used appliances around the home. Whatever they are for, shelves are a commonplace part of any home or office space. Shelves help us to organise our belongings by providing spaces for functional or decorative use and they prevent work surfaces from becoming cluttered with everyday stuff.
We all have certain items that we want to put on display. It may be an assortment of nic nacs that we have collected over the years, our favourite books or an heirloom that was passed down from a previous generation. Whatever the display item is, the chances are that we will be displaying them on a shelf of some kind. The question is, what type of shelf do we choose to compliment not just the display item, but the rest of the interior of our home?
Shelves are an integral part of virtually every home and office up and down the country. They are a very functional way of making use of walls for storage when one may not want, or be able to use the floor.
Glass is bright, clean, creates a light and airy space and although it has been around for centuries, it can make your living and working space look thoroughly modern.
Here at Splashbacks of Distinction we make the most out of glass by crafting it into so much more. We have all manner of shelves, kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, shower enclosures and screens and we even have glass balustrades to take the place of those traditional wooden spindles should the mood take you. But what else can glass really be used for?
People have always had an intense interest in glass. Glass for the table, glass for the windows and even glass for some ornaments, but glass for a wider range of uses around the home or office, surely not!
The marked increase in interest of glass around the home seems to have started back in 1949, when the 'The Glass House' or 'Johnson house' was built in Connecticut, USA. It was designed by Philip Johnson as his own weekend residence and was made predominantly of toughened glass. It has been said that in a house of glass, the views of the landscape are its wallpaper.
We all want our homes to have a unique appearance, because nobody wants their living space to be exactly the same as their friends and neighbours. Sadly this is easier said than done! Think about it, the majority of your friends and neighbours will buy their furniture from the local furniture store and the wallpaper, lamps and flooring are likely to be sourced from the same local DIY shop that you use. This is not to say they will choose exactly the same decor as you, but the chances of it happening are pretty good. So if you want something really different, think glass!
Glass has held a fascination for so many people over the centuries. No other material allows such a wide variety of products to be made that actually appear to change depending on the intensity of the light that shines upon it.
Glass really is an eyecatching medium, and at the same time it is a very functional material to be used as a splashback in the kitchen, bathroom or to highlight a display somewhere else in the home or office. Glass is naturally a very hygenic material as it is not porous so no bacteria can be left on its surface once properly cleaned. But why stop in the kitchen though, the bathroom is another part of the home that can easily be enhanced, come to think of it, anywhere you want colour, design and an easy clean surface can benefit from a toughened glass splashback.
Toughened glass, as its name would suggest, is glass material that has been made much tougher than ordinary glass. Toughened glass are much stronger varieties and are used in various constructions, these can be residential or commercial constructions. The actual strength of toughened glass is up to five times more than that of annealed glass, (see below for an explanation of the annealing process). Toughened glass is not only used for kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, it is also used to manufacture lots of glassware and these products are comparatively safer and offer far more durability.
Some people mistakenly believe that toughened glass is unbreakable, it may be very tough, but it can still be broken. Remember though, if products made of toughened glass are handled in the correct way, there is no reason why they shouldn't last for a lifetime.
If you wanted to eat your dinner from a clean surface, you might want to eat it in your bathroom. This may sound like a ridiculous thing to say when you consider what the smallest room in the house is used for, but read on!
Not all that long ago, people seemed to be going out of their way to get away from wood in and around their home, but instead of going the whole hog, they seemed to opt for wood effect materials, from worktops to flooring. Even shelves and furniture was either veneered or printed to make it look like wood.
Do you want the modern touch that glass brings. Splashbacks of Distinction can advise you what glass additions to your home will not only be functional, look amazing, but what could actually compliment and even enhance your existing traditional furniture.
Glass splashbacks are the product that Splashbacks of Distinction know all about. We have transformed so many homes with our glass splashbacks and seem to get most of our new customers from referrals. All too often we see that people have bought one of the 'off the shelf' glass splashbacks and have never been happy with the quality or fit, that's where we come in.
Having a glass splashback fitted is a fantastic way of brightening up your kitchen, bathroom or living area. They are hygienically clean and come in a wonderfully varied range of textures and colour finishes. To add to the versatility of this product, Splashbacks of Distinction are now able to offer a fantastic new service to our customers, the incorporation of high resolution images into any glass splashback!
We generally take glass for granted. We look out through it every day and unless there is a greasy fingerprint that sticks out like a sore thumb, we don't even seem to notice it. Glass is transparent and can be rather boring when it comes to your run of the mill windows.
The Ral colour system, is a series of systems used to match certain colours in paint. The system is designed to help when you need to choose paint colours, it's effectively a swatch system.
If you would like to know more or are interested in a quote we would be happy to help. Phone us on 01920 830 084, email us at email@example.com or fill in our enquiry form and we will be in touch as soon as possible.
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