Fluted glass is a classic 19th century material that’s making a comeback – and here’s how you can incorporate it into your home.
Call it what you like, but ribbed/reeded/fluted glass is once again a trending material in 2020 – and not just for aesthetic reasons, but also practical ones
On one hand, fluted glass can be easily incorporated into built-ins and structures as a subtle, stylish accent, and the other, it’s the perfect solution to privacy as well as natural light concerns in residential interior design. So, if you’re looking a classy and functional design material for your home (or a variety of ways to use fluted glass), keep scrolling!
1. Use fluted glass sliding doors to conceal a messy service yard
By integrating fluted glass panels into the design of her yard’s sliding doors, the owner of this surprisingly large 3-room HDB flat now has a way to hide any hanging laundry from plain sight – but without compromising on the flow of natural lighting from the yard into the adjacent kitchen.
2. Create a fluted glass privacy door between a bedroom and study
Instead of a solid panel, the bedroom-study entrance of this minimalist couple’s nest in Toa Payoh features an inlay of fluted glass, which partially obscures one space from the other to create a degree of indoor privacy.
3. Integrate fluted glass into a semi-open kitchen’s windows and doors
The kitchen folding screen of this Canberra HDB flat that takes inspiration from mid-century modern design features fluted glass as a call-back to homes from the 50s and 60s. From a practical standpoint, the glass panels also ensure that the kitchen and dining area are sufficiently lit while keeping any noise, smell and grease out of the flat’s communal areas.
4. Install fluted glass as a pleasing shower screen
Because of its slightly vintage, slightly contemporary feel, a fluted glass shower screen makes for an on-point accent in the bathroom of this 20-year-old Compassvale HDB flat that’s now a sleek family home.
5. Turn fluted glass into an indoor hallway window
Thanks to its ability to partially obscure what’s behind it, fluted glass is a handy material for creating bespoke privacy screens – or in this case of this cosy contemporary condo home, a hallway peephole that lets you to check if the lights are on in the bedroom.
6. Separate your bedroom and dressing area with fluted glass
The use of fluted glass extends to both the master bedroom and walk-in wardrobe/study of this charmingly bold monochrome condo apartment; in the former, it’s used as a half-height privacy barrier that’s complemented by blinds, while similarly in the latter, it stops prying eyes by obscuring the inside from view.
7. Make fluted glass part of your wardrobe’s design
When used in conjunction with cabinetry, fluted glass offers a way to create an open look but without the same level of visual clutter that clear glass creates. In this Japanese-inspired 5-room flat in Toa Payoh, this advantage is further capitalised on with a row of wardrobes that feature fluted glass panes framed in wood sliding doors.
8. Create privacy for a living area study with sliding fluted glass doors
Not since the rise of work-from-home culture have home offices been so important – which is why you should take a page from this restful Sengkang family flat and outfit your work spaces with fluted glass privacy doors that’ll allow you to segregate or merge them with adjacent living areas.
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