UPDATED JULY 2017
For bags of light and style, Crittall doors or windows are the perfect home update. These steel-framed features add an industrial feel to contemporary settings, and work whether in the bathroom or the kitchen. Ideal for maintaining an open-plan effect, it’s an investment look worth doing well, so we asked our expert SL Interiors Panel for their top tips when it comes to Crittall.
Where to put them:
“Be imaginative and Crittall doors and windows can work anywhere, but choose a room where they’re going to be a real feature: try them as French doors in your living room or even in your shower,” says Louisa Penn of Louisa Penn Interiors.
Where to find them:
“There are a number of companies both in the UK and Europe who provide Crittall glazing. Just remember that it’s important to make sure the Crittall is specified to meet building regulations. If your budget won’t stretch to Crittall, try stained, wooden frames or use a metal spray to recreate the look,” says Katie Singleton of The Olive Design Studio.
Do they work in small spaces?
“Yes! If you’ve only got a small area to work with then Crittall is a great way to open up the space and let light in. Just remember that they’re an architectural feature and don’t look great with curtains so you’ll have to live with this light at all times of day. Using Crittall in a hallway makes a narrow house feel wider, while using it as an internal window can be a clever way to let light into the back of your home or into a room with no external windows,” says Mary Graham of Salvesen Graham.
As much as we love this look, it's not for everyone. Cost and space come into play and if you rent your property it might not be an option due to the amount of work that needs to be done. Get the look with ease and for a lot less by using Crittall-style mirrors instead.
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