Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

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Frosted glass permits natural light into these homes, while shielding residents from nosy neighbors.

Modern home with Hallway and Concrete Floor. Lloyd-Butler’s second-floor office in the old house, which connects to the addition via the frosted-glass bridge. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

Lloyd-Butler’s second-floor office in the old house, which connects to the addition via the frosted-glass bridge.

Modern home with Hallway. A natural daylight shines down the partition, imparting an ethereal glow. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

A natural daylight shines down the partition, imparting an ethereal glow.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, House, Metal Siding Material, Stucco Siding Material, and Glass Siding Material. Dimster pierced the roof with a glass box topping the new central stair. To the right of the entrance is the transparent buffer between the facade and the kitchen, where an old courtyard once stood. “We wanted to keep the idea of the courtyard,” says Dimster. “The frosted panels are a distinct feature of the facade.” Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

Dimster pierced the roof with a glass box topping the new central stair. To the right of the entrance is the transparent buffer between the facade and the kitchen, where an old courtyard once stood. “We wanted to keep the idea of the courtyard,” says Dimster. “The frosted panels are a distinct feature of the facade.”

Modern home with Doors, Sliding Door Type, Wood, and Interior. For a multi-unit condo development in Manhattan by Keppler Architecture, Raydoor installed a combination of Sliding Stacking Parallel (SSPA) and Sliding Stacking Parallel/Pivot (SSPA/PV) doors with frames in Rift White Oak and Opal Frosted glass. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

For a multi-unit condo development in Manhattan by Keppler Architecture, Raydoor installed a combination of Sliding Stacking Parallel (SSPA) and Sliding Stacking Parallel/Pivot (SSPA/PV) doors with frames in Rift White Oak and Opal Frosted glass.

Modern home with Bath Room, Enclosed Shower, Porcelain Tile Floor, Drop In Sink, and Two Piece Toilet. The master bathroom, with its frosted glass walls and chair (rescued from the trash pile and rehabbed), is large and elegant enough to serve as a gathering place for parties. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

The master bathroom, with its frosted glass walls and chair (rescued from the trash pile and rehabbed), is large and elegant enough to serve as a gathering place for parties.

Modern home with Windows. The frosted glass of the bridge offers a transparent stripe and a view of the ocean. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

The frosted glass of the bridge offers a transparent stripe and a view of the ocean.

Modern home with Windows, Awning Window Type, and Metal. Clear glass panes set strategically into the otherwise translucent curtain wall expose the mezzanine to fresh air and rear views. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

Clear glass panes set strategically into the otherwise translucent curtain wall expose the mezzanine to fresh air and rear views at this renovated town house in Harlem.

Modern home with Outdoor, Walkways, Hardscapes, Side Yard, and Wood Fences, Wall. The frosted-glass bridge unites the original 1950s structure (right) to the new addition, which is sheathed in Cor-ten steel panels. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

In San Francisco, a frosted-glass bridge unites a 1950s beach house with a new addition, which is sheathed in Cor-ten steel panels.

Modern home with Doors, Sliding Door Type, Interior, and Wood. Sleek frosted glass sliding doors partition off the back sleeping loft for privacy without impeding light. They also lend the space an ethereal demeanor, which is echoed in the translucent curtains made of parachute fabric from ParaGear. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

Sleek frosted glass sliding doors partition off the back sleeping loft for privacy without impeding light at this weekend house in Indiana. They also lend the space an ethereal demeanor, which is echoed in the translucent curtains made of parachute fabric from ParaGear.

Modern home with Kitchen and Metal Cabinet. Tereasa Surratt and Jack, a friend’s German shepherd mix, hang out in the kitchen, where appliances are hidden behind aluminum-and-frosted-glass wardrobes from Ikea. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

In the kitchen of this Chicago renovation, appliances are cleverly concealed behind a aluminum-and-frosted-glass wardrobes from Ikea.

Modern home with Hallway and Medium Hardwood Floor. A frosted-glass partition separates the living spaces. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

A frosted-glass partition separates the living spaces at this energy-efficient home in Los Altos, California.

Modern home with Kitchen, Undermount Sink, Cooktops, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and White Cabinet. The galley kitchen, in classic white, is the one splurge within the interior: it was custom made by Bulthaup from their B1 series. A narrow window, with a frosted bottom panel, balances views and privacy. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

In the galley kitchen of this Toronto remodel, a narrow window, with a frosted bottom panel, balances views and privacy.

Modern home with Storage Room. Storage beneath the bed obviates the need for a dresser and allows for a narrow pass between bed frame and sliding partition. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

New York architect Page GoolrickGoolrick designed sliding glass partitions that, when closed, still allow light to flow through her 560-square-foot abode, and when opened reveal cocoonlike sleeping quarters.

Modern home with Bath Room, Enclosed Shower, and Full Shower. “The central vision was threefold: interiors that would bring the family joy, support their daily activities, and provide specific areas of refuge for each member and as a family,” says Chenault, who integrated a Hansgrohe Axor rain shower in the master bath, which has frosted glass. Photo  of Designing for Privacy: 14 Discreet Uses For Frosted Glass

The residents of this forest sanctuary in California integrated a Hansgrohe Axor rain shower in the master bath, which has frosted glass.

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