Saturday, October 30, 2010

How to Reduce Glare from Patio Doors

There are so many houses with a sliding door that goes out from an informal dining room to an outside patio. Several of my family members have this in their house and chances are you know someone that has this in their house too. Perhaps you have this in your house.

Have you ever noticed that glass doors can turn into black mirrors at night? Imagine looking at a sliding door in your dining room. This sliding door is mostly glass and allows a great view to a beautifully landscaped backyard during the day. But at night time, the glass reflects light at the top of this glass door from the hanging chandelier over the dining table causing an unpleasant glare.

What can be done to remove this unsightly reflection at night?

An easy way to counteract this visual clutter is to add a tall plant outside of the glass door and illuminate it with up-lights from underneath. The new brightness of the vertical object outside will act as an interesting distraction from the glare of the chandelier. It will also give you something interesting to see outside during the night.

Try this simple design trick and let me know how you like the results. You can email me at Did you use a plant, a piece of sculpture, or something else as the vertical outside object? Did you use a white light or did you try this with a color light?

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