In our previous post we shared some tips for choosing the best replacement windows for your home here in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area. In this article we’d like to focus on window styles that are popular for specific rooms. Of course, you can make just about any style window work in any room, but these windows tend to be the most practical and popular.
We would also like to point out that when you’re replacing your windows, you don’t need to go with the same style you already have. And there’s nothing that says you have to use the same style or type of window throughout your home. Certain styles work better in some rooms than others.
Most bedrooms are only used at night, so sunlight isn’t an issue. But some homeowners have suite-type bedrooms that get daytime use. In that case, you want a bedroom that is full of light. Look for window styles that let in as much as possible. You can add romantic skylights, and the treatments that are going to be used can make all the difference.
Living Room Windows
Consider adding a large window in this room that is going to attract a lot of attention as well as maximize your view. You also want to add fresh air, sunlight and more into this space. Bay, bow and picture windows are ideal for this area.
Larger windows are often fixed, but you can easily add ventilation by putting awning windows underneath or installing operable windows on either side. Or perhaps your living room has lots of other windows so this isn’t an issue.
Kitchen window styles are also important. Look for styles that open easily, so you can quickly air the area out if needed. For over-the-sink spaces, choose a window style that’s easy to open. Often a casement or slider is preferable to a double-hung that could be a challenge to reach over the sink to open or close. And a very popular kitchen window style is the garden or greenhouse window. Have one installed over your kitchen sink and you can grow your own herbs right in your kitchen! (But make sure you choose a style that has operable windows on the sides; not all garden windows do.)
Bathroom windows mainly provide ventilation, especially with the steam from the shower, but you also want privacy. Awning windows or small sliders placed higher up can give ventilation without providing the outside world with a view. And if sunlight is your main goal, consider glass block windows or transom windows placed above your shower area.
Sidelights are long, narrow windows installed next to an entry door. Using sidelights is a terrific way to bring light into an entryway that would otherwise be dark. You can have them installed on only one side of a door or on both sides. Combining sidelights with a transom or half round window over the area will really maximize lights. Many of the entry doors we install have sidelight options.
We have window consultants available to help you select the best windows for your home, and that includes style as well as type. We offer free, no-obligation consultations, both at our Savage showroom and in-home. When it’s time for new windows at your house, please contact us for help. We serve the greater Minneapolis metro with energy-efficient windows from a number of manufacturers.