Whether you’re remodeling a kitchen or bathroom or adding a bedroom, one of the most important decorating steps is choosing windows to match the architectural style of your home. For example, you wouldn’t use a zebra print shower curtain to complement a nautically themed bathroom. Likewise, pvc windows may not complement a contemporary casement window may not harmonize with the decor in your vintage-themed kitchen. The wrong window option can detract from your home’s style.
“Window styles can dramatically change the way you interact and feel in a room,” says Elaine Sagers, Pella Corporation’s vice president for marketing and customer support. “For instance, installing a wall of fixed windows that showcases a beautiful garden or scenic landscape can instill feelings of tranquility and peace. The right window style can enhance the mood in a room and the overall appearance of your home.”
Style matters. First, consider the style of your home. Windows don’t have to be boring. “Think outside the box and choose something that shows off your style and personality,” Sagers says. “Pay attention to functionality as well.
Bathroom Windows Casement windows – Often called crank-out windows, these open and close outward with the turn of a handle. The single sash creates a clear view to the outdoors, popular in contemporary homes and hard-to-reach places, like over a bathtub or kitchen sink.
Awning windows – Hinged at the top, these windows open out like an awning, ideal for rainy climates to enjoy fresh air during a gentle rain. They’re often used above or below other windows and doors, in bedrooms and in hard-to-reach places.
Double-hung windows – These windows offer flexibility to raise or lower each sash for ventilation, traditional style.
Single-hung windows – A traditional style opened by raising the bottom sash, use in easy-to-reach places like bedrooms.
Sliding windows – A contemporary-style sliding sash moves horizontally to help reduce reaching when opening or closing this window.
Bay and bow windows – When wall space is limited or additional accent is desired, a traditional-style bay or bow window features more windows to capture a beautiful view outside.
Fixed windows – Since they do not open, energy-efficient fixed windows let in light and provide a focal point.
Special shape windows – Achieve architectural interest with styles ranging from circles and half-circles to trapezoids, pentagons and more.
Color adds punch. Next, determine your room’s color palette. Match your window trim to the woodwork for a contemporary, finished look, or experiment with a complementing woodwork or finish color for a fun, less formal style.
Many windows offer hardware options. Color-matched hardware for sash locks or cranks provides a seamless look, while metal finishes, like oil rubbed bronze or satin nickel, make a bold, artistic statement.