Thursday February 23, 2017

6 Trending Windows Ideas for Home Remodels

by Joann Whetstine

When you change your windows, you change the look and feel of your home. Windows can be one of the most important elements of a home's overall décor as they can drastically improve exterior curb appeal brighten up interior spaces. If you are remodeling your home and looking for new and trending window ideas, read on. 

  1. Arch Top, Radius or Gable Style Window

    Adding a half (or full) circle window over the top of a door or window is a clever way to increase natural light and create an elegant look at the same time. The curved lines bring softness to a room, balanced against the straight corners of standard rectangular windows, creating an aesthetically appealing result.

    1.	Arch Top Radius Window

  2. Colored Window Frames

    Did you know that there’s a world of color to explore for exterior vinyl window frames? In addition to white, tan or clay* frame colors, consider eight other choices to blend in with or stand out against your homes existing trim, siding or stucco. Painted vinyl window frames can really enhance the look of your home and help you achieve the home you deserve, plus, vinyl is energy efficient and low maintenance.

  3. Window Walls and Transoms

    A narrow window used over the top of a door (or another window) is called a transom. Consider using it in repetition for a window wall approach. This will utilize the full height and width of a wall and make it dedicated it to bringing in as much light as possible. If you are remodeling the kitchen, consider clerestory windows above the cabinets or shelves. This solution also works well in bathrooms, above bathtubs and showers.

  4. Replace Windows with French Doors 

    Replacing windows, or regular patio doors, with French doors can elevate the look of a home and add more character. One way to truly create panoramic view is to insert a series of French doors into a wall. This design embraces indoor outdoor living and helps expand your living space. The French door style has become so popular that it has even made its way beyond patio doors to other areas of the home, such as garages and glass-door refrigerators. If this look appeals to you, see how you can mirror it throughout your home.
  5. Sidelites

    Architects and designers often combine windows and doors together to create a distinct effect. A sidelite is usually a narrow, vertical window next to a patio door. It helps bring additional light into tight profile spaces and if you choose to make it operable, it can allow more fresh air to flow into your home as well.  

  6. Bow and Bay Windows

    Bow and bay windows can be used to add architectural interest both inside and out and look great in living rooms, dining rooms and master bedroom spaces. They can also be flanked with casement or single hung windows for additional ventilation and light. A bow window is composed of a series of windows (generally four or more of the same width) that are joined at equal angles to form a curved, arch. A bay window is a combination of three windows (shown below) of varying widths that create a more angled look as they extend from the wall. Consider adding a window seat beneath either option if you need more seating in your home. 

We hope these 6 trending window ideas offered great solutions for your next home remodeling project. Both replacement windows, and patio doors, offer so many options with glass, frame colors, grids and hardware that you’ll be able to easily create the look you are trying to achieve in your home. Keep in mind that a simpler design will draw your eye the exterior views around your home while an elaborate design can add more interest to the interior. Either way, you can’t go wrong.


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Great idea!

I love the idea of using a window wall to bring in as much light as possible, just like you said! We love to have natural light in our home because it really lights things up in the summer when the sun doesn't go down until late. It's also nice to be able to see outside because the sunsets here are just gorgeous. We'll have to consider getting a window wall in the front part of the home we're building so that we can reap these benefits.

Colored Vinyl Window!

My siblings and I want to remodel our parent's home in the countryside. I'm glad you mentioned colored vinyl windows that can help make the home stand look unique. My mom would love that, especially since vinyl is energy-efficient. I'll talk to my siblings about getting a custom window installation service that would help us with the colored vinyl window idea. Thank you!

It's good to know the window

It's good to know the window trends. I want to install all new windows for my home. I'll be sure to find ones that are also durable.

Thanks for these window ideas

Thanks for these window ideas for home remodeling. My husband and I are thinking about having new windows installed in our home soon. I'll have to look into getting colored window frames like you suggested.

Window replacement

I liked what you said that architects and designers often combine windows and doors to create a distinct effect. Our house windows are old. My wife and I decided to replace it with a new one. I will be looking for replacement window services in town.

Great! This is exactly the

Great! This is exactly the information my sister needs before she proceeds with her plan to remodel her entire apartment this summer. When you said that coating our window frames with colored paints can make our indoor space looks even more refined, it was totally enlightening. I'll remind her to seek expert advice so the right installation can be made later on.

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