There is nothing more comforting than sitting inside your home and enjoying a gorgeous view with warm sunlight shining through. Whether you think about it or not, your windows are one of the best ways to bring the outdoors in and they help you connect with your exterior home for safety and security. If you are considering changing out your current windows or are designing your next home, read on.
The windows should reflect your home’s original architectural style.
All homes have an architectural design style that makes them unique and choosing windows that match the design aesthetic is the first step in choosing the right windows. Whether you have a modern and contemporary home, or a traditional, the important thing is to always stay true to your your home’s architectural style.
Decide what purpose you want your new windows to serve.
While the basic function of windows are to let in light they can also serve as a doorway; as in a sliding glass window door for access to a porch for example or they can be fixed and ornamental just for aesthetics. Consider which rooms your windows will serve and if view is essential or is light into a dark space more essential as in a closet or pantry space.
Add colorful window frames as well as mullions.
Depending on the color and style of architecture of your home you may opt for frames and mullions that lend color to the exterior of your home. Whether you have wood or metal frames, look to window manufacturers that offer factory colors already infused into the frame material. If you decide to give your exterior home a makeover and paint your mullions and frames, ask a paint professional the best exterior paint to use for your application.
Be sure to select the best accent colors regarding the window frames.
Choosing an exterior paint color can often pose quite a challenge. Look to the outdoors and neighboring homes to get a sense of what existing colors are present. Choose a trim color for your home, and consider using the same color on your window frames. Many homes choose to have a field color to their home and two accent colors: one for the trim of their home and one for window frames, doorways, and the garage door.
Be sure to base your window selection on the amount of ventilation needed.
One of the most essential purposes of a window is to let ventilation and movement of fresh air in and out of your rooms. Deciding which type of window suits your needs will help determine the type of window. Many rooms have operable windows, which mean they can be opened or closed as needed. Fixed windows cannot be opened and are used in rooms that large expansive windows are small windows are used. Generally most homes have a combination of both types.
Select windows that match your interiors.
While the exterior aesthetic of your windows are important, remember how the window functions and appeals to your interiors can create an experience inside your home. In bathrooms, look to windows that will let in light, but not provide direct viewing angles from the outdoors unless view is obstructed, or on a higher level than the ground. In public spaces, decide if the view warrants large picture windows that let in maximum light and view or if the function of the room warrants different sized and shaped windows