Clad in neutral-hued stones, the master bathroom shower at HGTV Smart Home 2014 is equipped with a rain showerhead and a sliding-glass door with chrome hardware. The bathroom transitions into a walk-in closet, which boasts ample storage space for clothing and bed linens.
This lively living room boasts a French country vibe with colorful accents, like the modern art above the sofa and zigzag area rug. A natural wood plank ceiling features metallic track lighting, while a pine tree next to the sliding glass door offers a festive Christmas touch.
Broad sliding glass doors and copious windows allow this modern bedroom to enjoy sweeping, bucolic views. The modern home uses natural materials such as wood and stone throughout, tying the house to its secluded, rugged setting. A slatted wood ceiling adds interest above, while furnishings and decorations are kept spare and minimal, allowing the view to serve as the focal point.
The Nesbitts put the kitchen and main living area of their Charleston home on the second floor for a very good reason. "We did that so we could maximize our views," says Elizabeth. Sliding glass and metal doors open the living room space up to the amazing view of the Intracoastal Waterway. The light fixture is a repurposed marine buoy.
This modern family room offers a visually interesting mix of furniture and accessories, including a sage green sofa that pops in the mostly neutral space. A shag carpet anchors the seating area, and built-in shelves provide ample space for the homeowners to display collections from their travels. White drapery panels draw to block light from the sliding glass doors.
Having an outdoor entertaining space was important to the homeowners, so designers included a large back patio with outdoor dining area into the home's design. With accessibility to the home from sliding glass doors from the kitchen and indoor dining area, this space allows the homeowners to easily entertain and enjoy time with friends and family in an al fresco setting.
If you want to completely open one space to another — without any evidence of sliding doors in sight — consider a “pocket” configuration. “When fully open, Pocket Glass Walls slide into the wall pocket and completely disappear from view. This style is a great option to connect two spaces into one or close off an area just as easily,” say the experts at Milgard.
This contemporary office features a bright blue-green color on the walls that sets off the sleek, black furniture. A full-length mirror placed on the wall opposite of the sliding glass door brings in more light and helps foster productivity.
A gorgeous, rich purple accent wall gives a lovely depth to the bright and sunny air of this modern bathroom. A glass sliding door leading to a frosted glass enclosed shower space creates a unique interior/exterior bathroom experience. Light woodgrain cabinets are topped with black marble countertop under a large mirror. A yellow towel and potted yellow flowers add a fresh decor color.
Translucent smoked glass sliding doors close to create privacy while still filtering light into this space off the main living area. The room's primary purpose is as a home office, though it is easily transformed into a guest room by rolling the coffee table to the side and opening the sofa bed. The 1950s vintage book case came from an aviation school.
In the media room, a gray love seat, gray armchairs and a gray ottoman provide plenty of seating in the space, while a multi-game table gives the space additional function. For extra convenience, sliding glass doors allow for an easy transition between the indoor and outdoor spaces. This allows the homeowners to really utilize both spaces for entertaining their guests.
Bentwood captain's chairs and a sinuous chandelier mix with the straight, modern lines of this minimalist dining room. A slatted ceiling adds visual interest above, and throughout, natural materials help to connect the home to its rugged, secluded site. A broad sliding glass door literally brings the outdoors in.
This posh bedroom features a gray upholstered king bed with an acrylic double ring chandelier above. Gray tiles cover the wall opposite the bed, as well as the floor, while a sliding glass door allows quick access to the outdoor patio, giving way to a stunning ocean view.
“Folding systems allow you to easily open up your space to invite the outdoors in when desired, and to maximize your space by connecting to the backyard, patio or balcony,” say the experts at LaCantina Doors. A unique advantage of this style is the ability to create a 90-degree angle, surrounding a space on two or three sides with glass.
Because all the best views are off the front of this Austin, Texas home, that's where the outdoor living spaces were set up. The upstairs deck looks out over the trees to a lake. Just inside the sliding glass door is the kitchen, an ideal arrangement for indoor/outdoor entertaining.
Less is more a lot of times, and this is a prime example. The modern shape of a lounge chair and ottoman need no more than a sexy end table to hold their own in the corner of this master bedroom. The patterned carpet and soft blue-grey tones in the room are a reflection of the Atlantic waters swirling just outside the sliding glass doors.
Sunlight streams onto this dining table from the sliding door providing balcony access. The light and airy look is perfect for the open floor plan of the home. A light, neutral color scheme keeps the look cohesive with the connected room. Tufted dining chairs with nailhead trim surround the smooth, natural wood table. Shrubs in the centerpiece and napkins at the place settings add color to the table.
This open-plan kitchen, living room and dining room allows for easy flow. A bay window dining alcove and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors allow for plenty of natural light. The dark hardwood floor contrasts the gray stone accent wall. Stylish glass and metal chandeliers on chains add points of visual interest. The room features both warm and cool tones, and plenty of textures, like the brown suede and velvet barstools, white marble countertops, and colorful patterned dining chairs.