A patio door has almost magical qualities to it. It lets more natural light in than regular windows, so we don’t have to use as much electricity. It allows us to easily transport from the inside of our homes to our favorite places to be outside. A patio door can even create the illusion that a room is bigger than it really is.
How Does a Patio Door Become an Illusionist?
There are two ways that patio doors help homeowners make their home look bigger than it really is.
First, patio doors allow in more light than a window or a regular door. This increase in light allows our eyes to see more of a room and to the further edges of it. When a room is dark we can’t see as much and our brain does not calculate as easily that there is more of the room in the darkness, so we feel like the room is smaller than it really is.
Second, a patio door creates a more unobstructed view of the outside. This unobstructed view makes our minds think that the room flows to the outside, even though it knows that there is a piece of glass there. But because this glass is see-through and is not a solid wall, you mind does not comprehend immediately that there is a barrier there cutting off the room from the outside.
And it’s your mind’s perspective that gives you the feeling that the room is bigger than it really is.
Choosing the Right Size of Patio Door
The larger the patio door the better the illusion that your small room is bigger than it is. Again it all goes back to the amount of light that is let in and the size of the unobstructed view.
You can even pair your patio door with large picture windows on the side to make the area around the door even more open.
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