Archive | April, 2011

Not fade away

6 Apr

According to The British Coatings Federation, as a nation we put a huge importance on colour, as we spend around £2.2 billion a year adding colour to our lives in one form or another. Adding colour to glass isn’t a new concept, as a look around any country church will tell you. But if you thought coloured glass was simply a matter of stained glass windows or something that needs careful sorting at the bottle bank, it’s definitely time to think again.

Once you’ve chosen a colour palette for your home, the art is in keeping it looking just as good as it did on the day that you applied it. Family life in particular takes its toll; but even if you don’t have a family, home is where you ought not to be on your best behaviour all the time, so wear and tear will happen – even sunlight can fade your carefully chosen colour.

Nowhere is this more true than in the bathroom and the kitchen, often the two most expensive rooms in the house to fit out. Not surprising then, that shrewd designers are turning for a solution to decorative glass, a familiar medium, but one which has undergone a huge transformation in recent years. Splashbacks, worktops, shower screens, table tops, doors and feature walls can all be made from specially processed glass, and can introduce vibrant or subtle colour in its most hardwearing and enduring form. Modern advances now allow us to back paint and screen print colour, either in blocks of colour or in intricate designs, using any RAL, Dulux Trade or Pantone® colour. Careful laminating, using sophisticated interlayers, can also ensure that your colour is permanently protected against fading and wear and tear.

Shape and form are also important, and they aren’t forgotten either – glass can be cut to the exact shape that you need, using Computer Numeric Control, and that includes cutting a worktop or splashback to the exact dimensions you need, with apertures for power sockets cut out in advance or holes pre-drilled for wall hung gadgets and appliances. Once installed, there’s also nothing more hygienic or easier to clean than a single, seamless panel of glass, with no grouting to trap germs or become discoloured over the years. To make sure of this, these days we can also add a protective Clearshield treatment which helps to discourage microbes and bacteria from collecting on the surface – ideal for the bathroom or kitchen.

Colour is clearly here to stay – and now we have the technology to ensure that it stays pure and true indefinitely. Now if you want purity, that’s generally thought to be white…

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