Browse these Crittall-style spaces and fall for their graphic, grid-like charm.
Edgy and versatile, the sturdy, slim-profile frames tap into the current trend for all things industrial. It’s no wonder Crittall-style has been dominating our Pinterest feeds. They have the ability to completely transform a space; not just by giving it a cool, modern edge, but also by opening up a space and letting in more light. Crittall style doors allow you to cleverly partition open areas to create different zones, without compromising on light or space.
Striking but minimalist, the steel-framed grid-like doors complement other all sorts of styles, from mid-century modern to Scandi-style, while their graphic steel frames feel contemporary and add a hint of industrial style.
Crittall doors can be used as internal partitions and connecting doorways, and they’re great for dividing up and zoning spaces. There’s no arguing that open-plan living has become increasingly popular, allowing for more space and light. But tearing down all the walls isn’t always practical, and sometimes spaces still need to be divided up somehow. Crittall style is perfect here, and people are using these steel-framed partitions to create floor plans that feel both light and inclusive but retain an element of separation.
Crittall doors are also perfect for framing courtyards, gardens and rear extensions, creating a seamless transition between inside and out.
And of course, one of the latest trends in bathroom design, Crittall style has stepped into the show with contemporary, grid-like shower screens.
But Crittall style is nothing new. In fact, It was in 1860 that Francis Henry Crittall, an ironmonger in Essex, first used this method to create steel-framed windows. Yet despite being around for nearly 160 years they still feel as contemporary as ever. Metal framed glazing has never looked so good.
This modern kitchen extension flows onto a terraced seating area with grassy garden beyond. A love of strong, industrial design is written all over the kitchen, with its exposed brick walls, brass taps, vast steel windows and salvaged supporting pillar. The cast-iron column was originally part of a Yorkshire bandstand.
Get the look: Wall light is from Lampe Gras. The marble for the worktops came from Marble City. The table is from Belgian company Heerenhuis. The moulded plywood chairs are by Eames for Herman Miller, bought in the US and shipped over. The island is painted in Off-Black eggshell by Farrow & Ball. The Heidi stools are by Sebastian Wrong for Established & Sons.
This dreamy, spacious dressing room is divided from the master bedroom by steel-framed glazing. By day, it feels like one big space, with a flow of light from the front to the back of the house, but at night, the doors can be closed and the curtains drawn to make this master bedroom quiet and cosy.
Get the look: The storage is bespoke by The London Joinery Co, using Alpheus poured panels by Solomon&Wu on the island. The glazing is by Govette Windows. This is the Modo chandelier by Jason Miller for Roll & Hill. The parquet flooring is from Element7.
Ribbed-glass Crittall doors separate the shower and WC from the basin, located in the bedroom. Painting ceilings in the same shade as the walls gives rooms a cohesive, cocooning feel.
Get the look: The bespoke basin was made with a Béton Ciré finish. The 19th-century French oeil-de-boeuf (bull’s eye) zinc window mirror is from Anton & K. The walls and ceiling are painted in Felt IV flat emulsion by Paint & Paper Library.
The ground-floor spaces have been opened up as much as possible, the old doorway replaced by wider, higher steel doors. Dark banisters create a dramatic zigzags up through the house’s core.
The garden can be viewed through steel-framed windows in the live-and-eat-in kitchen, with its leather, felt and hide furnishings. The dining area is in the new extension, which has opened out the interior, creating a fluid link between the inside and the garden, where the yew hedge has been scaled back to let in more light.
Get the look: The flooring is by Dinesen. The bespoke dining table is by Benchmark. These are CH24 Wishbone chairs by Hans J Wegner for Carl Hanson & Søn at The Conran Shop.
The rear of this house was extended up and out. The builders went back about three metres and up half a storey. A big terrace now creates a seamless connection between inside and out. It is a south-facing sun trap and the home owners use it all year round. Tough, weatherproof furniture stays outside all year round.
Get the look: The furniture is from Danish company Cane-line. The terrace and steps are made from York Stone and were laid by English City Stone, which also installed the railings. The steel windows are from Clement Windows.
Crittall doors open out from the living area to the stairwell, where the La Volière pendant hangs.
Get the look: This is the La Volière pendant light by Mathieu Challières at The Conran Shop. YES Glazing Solutions supplied the Crittall doors. The faux flamingos were found at The Red Dot Gallery.
A glazed entrance makes a striking statement and allows for light to pour through – though there's no hiding from whoever's at the door.
Get the look: The concrete deer are antique from a Paris dealer. The metal plants pots were from multiple antique dealers in the Hamptons. The wood cladding is in Brazilian teak.
A wall of Crittall-style windows allows light to stream throughout this entire open-plan basement living area, reaching this inner hallway beyond the dining space.
Get the look: The trio of framed artworks is by Boston artist Jonas Woods. The photograph of the ventriloquist’s dummy is from Matthew Rolston’s Talking Heads series.
A grid of über-chic Crittall-style glazing is a masterstroke in this living room. They exude a feeling of modernity that gives older heirlooms and vintage finds a bit of a “lift”. In the summer, these doors tend to stay wide open for most of the weekend, but on cooler evenings, they’re brilliant at keeping the house warmly insulated. The ordered mood of the black-framed glazing is matched by the clean, sleek lines of the super-wide floorboards.
Get the look: The windows are by Steel Window Service. The sideboard is vintage Ercol, bought on eBay. The flooring is from Jordan’s Wood Flooring.
This glazed wall screens off both the en-suite bathroom and a dressing area beyond.
Get the look: Find original Yves Klein artwork at Istdibs.com. The bedside table is by New York’s Stephanie Odegard Collection.
This luxe, spacious bathroom has a wet room separated by a chic glazed steel divide.
Get the look: The steel and glass wall is by Space Exploration Design. Try Mosaic del Sur for similar floor tiles. The cabinets are bespoke. The taps and shower are by Barber Wilsons & Co. The bath is vintage – try The Albion Bath Company for a similar style.
This kitchen has an industrial edge, with hard surfaces and simple, practical fittings.
Get the look: The Honed Petite Granite floor tiles are from Integrated and the Grove wall tiles are by Waterworks. The mahogany kitchen island with its white Carrara marble worktop came from Fullscale Woodworking Inc, while the drawer unit and white oak shelves and brass brackets were all custom made. The Tolix bar stools are from Antiquaire and the large pendant Candy Shop light, made from industrial parts, is by John Ogden from John Derion.
By creating a double-height, glazed façade and linking it to the main house, an awe-inspiring new kitchen was created. The chandelier in the kitchen came with the house but was painted bright pink for a modern look.
Get the look: The kitchen units are from Krieder and are finished in sprayed lacquer, with worktops in Corian and banana leaf veneer. The walls are painted in Farrow & Ball’s Charleston Gray estate emulsion. These are Argento Larch porcelain planks from Mandarin Stone. This is the Josef armchair from Swoon Editions. These are Jerry dining chairs by Habitat.
Crittall-style doors look out onto the home's courtyard and swimming pool. By placing a modular sofa in the centre, a dynamic lounging area is created in which you could watch TV on one side, or warm yourself near the fireplace on the other. The double-sided sofa provides a flexible island for lounging, and gets around the problem of looking at the back of a sofa.
Get the look: The painting above the fireplace is by Ronald Lee Anderson from 1960. These are custom-made steel-framed glazing windows from Crittall Windows. The TV is concealed in floor using a lift from Inca. This is polished concrete flooring with a light grey matte finish.
Wrap-around Crittall doors create a cohesive feel.
Get the look: The painting above the fireplace is by Ronald Lee Anderson from 1960.The concrete poodles are antiques from the Fifties. The vintage Fifties telephone was a New York flea-market find. The Excite speakers in the ceiling are from Crestron. These are custom-made steel-framed glazing windows from Crittall Windows. The TV is concealed in floor using a lift from Inca. This is polished concrete flooring with a light grey matte finish.
Crittall-style windows look out into this home's pretty courtyard.
Get the look: These are Tom Vac outdoor chairs by Ron Arad for Vitra. The concrete table is embedded with pebbles and was created by British artist Rachel Schwalm.
The kitchen has Crittall-style French doors that open on to a paved garden.
Get the look: The Kenta table and benches were custom-made by Lombok. The ballroom chandeliers are from Abigail Ahern. The plant pot is by marthasturdy.com. The kitchen units and island were custom designed, made in Poland via architect Waind Gohil. For this inset stove, visit Fisher & Paykel. The Singing bowls are by Donna Karan.
Crittall-style doors open onto a downstairs light well. A Victorian-style spiral staircase leads up to the garden.
Get the look: Premier Basements carried out the basement conversion The reclaimed floor tiles are from Bert & May.
The dining room is sectioned off from the bedroom and the rest of the apartment via Crittall doors – with curtains giving essential privacy when needed.
Get the look: The steel-framed glass wall was designed and built by MADE. This is the Himmeli pendant by Jason Miller for Brooklyn-based design house Roll & Hill. The table is a collaboration between Jane Schulak and MADE, using a 3cm-thick slab of Bianco Ondulare marble sourced from Walker Zanger in New York. The vintage Thonet armchair is from Holler & Squall in Brooklyn; the rest of the dining chairs were found through US etailer bauhaus2yourhouse.com.
A glazed Crittall-style roof on the side return and a glass floor on the first-floor landing both filters light through to the living area beneath.
Get the look: The Terence Woodgate sofa is upholstered in a Kvadrat fabric. The Crawford coffee table and Corona oak side table are from Swoon Editions. The artwork behind the sofa is Exodus IX by Marcus Lyon.
This lower ground floor is a surprisingly light space, with iconic design shapes set against pale timber cladding and flush cabinetry, black-framed glazing and seamless terrazzo flooring. A pivoting door leads out into the garden and helps provide end-to-end natural light, while designer lights add illumination. Toys, games and the stuff of family life are stored in the run of handleless cabinets.
Get the look: The table is a bespoke design by Clayton Cabinets. The Mobile chandelier and Tube wall light are by Michael Anastassiades. The dining chairs are vintage Mart Stam for Thonet. The concealed storage is by Tamzin Greenhill Designs, made by Grovecourt.
This decor has an almost powdery softness, given definition with black-framed internal and external glazing.
This TV room was originally a mezzanine overlooking the downstairs living room. Interior designer Daniel Hopwood closed it off with a grey-stained oak sliding door and interior window, creating a cosy, sound-proofed den.
The inside and outside merges in this new extension, where the comfortable window seat is an ideal spot to perch and chat. Furnishings are spare, but not spartan, with pieces – such as the vintage leather sofa and the bench designed by Pinch – chosen for warmth and texture.
Get the look: Amara has a range of cube footstools. This is Blu Dot’s Free Range coffee table in Marble from Heal’s.