There are few experiences more heartening than sitting in your home, sipping coffee, and relishing the beautiful (or lively) view, and sunlight shining through the windows. Whether conscious of it or not, your windows connect you to the outdoors and bring balance, safety, and security to your life.
When it comes to upgrading your current windows or choosing new windows for a to-be-built structure, it can be difficult to decide which style is best. The team here at Lifetime Windows & Doors has created these 4 helpful tips for choosing the right window style for your home:
- Choose windows which reflect your home’s unique architectural style
Even the most generic looking structures have a unique architectural design; choosing windows which match the home’s unique elements is step #1 in choosing correctly. Regardless of the style—contemporary, traditional, Tudor style, eclectic, or mid-century modern—it’s important to defer to your home’s architecture for guidance. Here are some examples:
- Craftsman bungalow: double-hung and casement windows give nod to the mid-century movement of the 1920s.
- Tudor: casement windows complement the early English traditions.
- Traditional: single- and double-hung, bay, and arched decorative windows are as practical as they are fitting.
- Contemporary: horizontal sliders and picture windows add awe and clean lines.
- Evaluate the purpose you intend your windows to serve
Consider in which rooms you want certain functions. Is airflow important to you in the bedrooms? Do you prefer a lot of natural light in the living room? Where would adding different styles for increased character most please you, from a design perspective?
- Select options that appeal to the interior of the home
Of course, the exterior aesthetic of your windows is important. But, you want the window to serve the interior as well; creating good experiences for you and your family. Examples of this are:
- Bathroom: look for windows which allow natural light to shine in without providing additional angles from the outdoors (unless the room is high up or is hidden by a permanent obstruction).
- Living room: if the space is large enough, consider a great picture window. This will not only open up the space and create a grander illusion, it will provide a beautiful “picture” backdrop for your daily living.
- Guest bedrooms: function is likely the key; consider horizontal sliders or wide casement windows so your guests can feel at home and in charge of the natural light and fresh air they wish to have.
- Consider the orientation of the sun before committing to a window style/size
Our professionals can help you with this. It’s important to consider how your home sits in relation to the sunrise and sunset. You don’t want too much late day sun or too little morning sunlight. Further, choosing the right window placement and size with smart window treatments will ensure your home heats and cools more naturally.
We hope these tips help point you in the right design direction. For more tips on choosing the right windows in Portland, OR, give Lifetime Windows & Doors a call!
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