When it comes to home décor, little is more important than windows. They shape and frame the room like nothing else, giving it character and allowing natural light to flood in.
But which type of window should you choose? In this post, we run through some of your options. Check them out below.
Picture windows are arguably the simplest of all window designs. They’re just a sheet of glass fixed to the window frame with no moving parts, hinges, handles or anything else.
However, despite their simplicity, they are tremendously impactful. The moment you walk into a room with one of these, something feels different. You can’t quite explain it.
Picture windows are ideal for framing beautiful views. They work well for interior courtyards or for properties with views over the mountains. You only need one or two to have a massive impact.
Garden windows are also rare, but are great for anyone who likes to keep greenery inside. Instead of being flush with the walls of the rest of the home, these protrude, providing space for plants to grow and catch sunlight. They’re like a little box you put on the side of your house, permitting you to keep more species indoors than you otherwise could.
While sash windows are popular, casement windows are becoming a popular window replacement option. They’re easy to open, and they are suitable for hurricane-ravaged regions too.
Bay windows are also becoming more popular over time. People love them because they allow more light into rooms.
Bay windows usually require a reworking of the surrounding brickwork. Buildings need to physically extend the wall boundary outwards to accommodate the window’s shape, which makes installing new bay windows challenging. However, it can still be done.
You typically see gliding windows on ground floors where opening a casement window could cause an obstruction. However, these windows also work well in minimalist Japanese-style homes, and look just like sliding doors. You can put them in kitchens, living rooms, and bedrooms.
Awning-style windows open from the bottom, giving your rooms a slightly different aesthetic. Typically, people place them higher on the walls, often on landings, bathrooms, corridors and basements.
The great thing about awning windows is that they can stay open in the rain, so even on wet days, you can feel the breeze.
Specialty windows don’t open, but they do come in a range of fun shapes and sizes. Usually, you’ll see architects and designers placing them next to conventional windows as an embellishment. This way, you can get some fresh air if you need it while also enjoying the way that these windows look.
Most of the window styles described here come in both single- and double-glazed versions. Double-glazing typically uses krypton or argon gas to act as an insulator, preventing warm indoor air from escaping during winter, and cold air during the summer. Not all windows are able to withstand hurricane-force winds, so always check with your provider that you have suitable products installed.