Beautiful window design ideas to embrace the style of your home.
Are you struggling to come up with ideas for windows in your new home? Window design is one of the most important aspects of a home’s aesthetics and can be a great way to make a statement.
From traditional wood windows to modern style and energy efficiency, there are plenty of window choices available. In this article, we will explore different types of window designs that you can use, as well as ways to get creative with your design and customize it to your own style.
Ideas to Consider for New Windows
Keep these design tips in mind when considering which types of windows you want for your home. Most of this information can also be applied to replacement windows as well.
How Many Windows
The right windows can be a great option for curb appeal. Consider the quantity of windows you would like when designing your home. Many windows will provide a large amount of natural light and hopefully beautiful views. Less windows may be ideal if you prefer more privacy.
Ellen at The Feather Glass has the wall of windows I am dreaming of! Check out her beautiful home here. A wall of large windows is very common in family living spaces like a living room or off the kitchen area.
Having a family room lead to the back patio is ideal for a window style like this. Look at all the natural lighting. Because of the placement of our back patio, we will have sliding glass doors with screens for sufficient fresh air.
If your home has tall ceilings with room above your typical 8 ft glass doors, consider adding separate windows above the doors to look more decorative. I love the floor-to-ceiling windows.
Size of Windows
The size of your windows play a huge part of your interior design, as well as exterior. Plus, there can be just as much visual interest in a long and narrow window as large picture windows.
Larger windows are an excellent choice for a modern look. But if you plan on floor-to-ceiling windows, there are a few things to keep in mind. If you have big windows that are only 18" up off the ground they have to be tempered which is an additional cost. Definitely something to consider when deciding on a size.
Windows should be designed to flow with the architectural style of the home, as well as play a key design element with the interior space. There are several different types, so let's just go over a few more known.
- Picture window - usually large and intentionally frames a view
- Casement windows - windows that are hinged on the side and usually opened with a crank
- Awning windows - like a casement window but hinged on the top so they open outwards from the bottom
- Transom window - a smaller, horizontal window usually placed above a door to let in more light and provide a design element
- Skylight windows - these are ideal for providing additional sources of natural light in your roof/ceiling and generally don't open
- Double-hung windows - a window that can ventilate and open through the top or bottom
- Single-hung windows - a window that only allows ventilation through the bottom
Black or White
Home windows can vary in colors, but most modern window designs tend to fall into black or white or a combination of both. At first we were going to do white windows. Our remodelled white home has white windows and I like the clean and light look.
A white window blends in more with a light colored exterior. And although I love this classic look, I opted to rethink our windows to be more of a design feature so we are choosing a black exterior frame to pop against the white paint. Be aware that black window frames generally cost more than standard white.
Adding grids to your windows can really help to establish a style to your home. Grids are not for everyone, but they do fit into a lot of different home styles, especially modern farmhouse and cottage style. I love Brooke's farmhouse home with her beautiful grid windows that really pop.
I also love having just the top half grids. You can also do a combination with no grid like the middle window. Grids are an extra charge, so it is yet another way to spend your money if you want windows to take part of your overall design.
The Lily Pad Cottage has been major inspiration for the exterior of our home. You can check out the full exterior here.
We will have a few windows just like this with the metal hanging over the exterior.
Window Design Inside
Don't forget to take into account what a window will look like on the inside. We are going to have white interior frames with the black exterior.
It is also fun to create an easy built-in window seat with added storage.
If you have a bigger space, consider adding some built-in bookcases on either side of the window. This will help to add storage as well as a custom feeling to the space.
Window Design Ideas
Windows can play an essential role in home design and personalizing a living space. The utilitarian purposes of windows such as ventilation and light should be balanced with color and style design. Explore available choices to create a home that is both aesthetically pleasing and functionally superior.
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