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Published on June 21, 2023 7:49 PM


In the realm of interior design, light plays a vital role in creating inviting and visually appealing spaces. While natural light is often preferred, not every room has direct access to ample sunlight. However, with the clever use of glass doors and partitions, one can capitalize on the concept of “borrowed light.” In this blog post, we will explore how incorporating glass elements into your interior design can transform your space, enhance its aesthetics, and maximize the flow of natural light.

The Concept of Borrowed Light

Borrowed light refers to the technique of allowing light from one room to spill over into another through the use of internal glass doors and partitions. This technique creates a sense of openness, expands visual boundaries, and promotes the flow of natural light, even in spaces that lack direct access to windows. By strategically placing glass elements, you can effectively borrow light from brighter areas and distribute it to darker corners, instantly transforming the ambiance of your interiors.

Enhancing Natural Illumination

Glass internal doors such as Smart Systems Aluspace and partitions act as conduits for light, allowing it to penetrate deeper into a space. By replacing solid walls with glass panels, you can eliminate visual barriers and facilitate the transmission of light, creating a bright and welcoming atmosphere. Consider installing glass sliding interior doors or floor-to-ceiling glass partitions with internal french doors to maximize the diffusion of natural light throughout your home or office.

Opening Up Small Spaces

Small or confined areas can often feel cramped and stifling. However, with the strategic placement of glass doors and partitions, you can create an illusion of spaciousness. By using transparent or frosted glass, you can maintain privacy while still allowing light to permeate the space. This technique can be particularly effective in bathrooms, closets, or hallways, where limited square footage can often pose a challenge. If you’re short of space sliding internal doors are a really useful option.

Internal Aluspace Sliding Doors in Black

Creating A Defined Workspace At Home

Working from home and flexible working is here to stay. A glass partition and door will create a quieter private space for you to work. Like going to the office in your own home. You don’t need to sacrifice a whole room… just create another room in an existing room. At Colin’s Sash Windows we have perfect solutions with our affordable Smart Systems Aluspace aluminium internal doors and internal steel doors

Brighten Up That Dark Ensuite Bathroom

Replace your door with a glazed door to bring in light from the bedroom. If you’re not comfortable with a door with clear glass you can use frosted glass for a bit more privacy.

Design Versatility

Interior glass doors, internal windows and partitions come in a wide range of styles, sizes, and finishes, offering immense design versatility. From sleek and modern to elegant and traditional, there is a glass element to suit every interior aesthetic. Whether you prefer a minimalist look with a frameless internal glass door or the on trend black steel doors the options are endless. Embrace the opportunity to customize your glass doors and partitions to seamlessly integrate them into your overall interior design scheme.

Creating Visual Interest

Glass doors and partitions not only allow light to travel but also add a touch of elegance and sophistication to any space. By incorporating glass elements, you introduce visual interest and create focal points within your interiors. One of the most popular trends at the moment are black steel internal doors. If original branded steel doors are over budget check out our blog Buyers guide to internal doors.


Borrowed light is a powerful design concept that can transform the way we experience our living and working spaces. By utilizing glass doors and partitions, you can harness natural light, open up confined areas, and infuse your interiors with a sense of openness and sophistication. Embrace the endless possibilities offered by glass and elevate your design aesthetic while simultaneously enjoying the numerous benefits of borrowed light.

Colin Greenslade
Written by Colin Greenslade
I'm the founder of Colin's Sash Windows. I disrupted the sash windows market in the UK in 2014 by introducing fixed prices for uPVC sash windows in the UK. Before this they were generally only available at very high prices through window installers. Today our business is one of the market leaders in supply only windows, doors and roofs in the UK.

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