The Stylish Homeowner’s Guide to Choosing Windows
You are your home. What it looks like is a direct reflection on you so if you want to look good, you have to make the effort to work on your home’s styling. There are many ways you can go about improving your home’s appearance and one of the most effective is in replacing your old windows. You can’t just get any window, however. If you’re going to be bumping up those style points, you have to make sure that you choose the right window replacements. Here are some tips to get you started:
Style Tip #1 – Take note of your home’s architectural style
Certain window types are suitable for certain architectural styles. For instance, windows with more timeless designs, like double hungs and casements, work well in traditionally styled homes, while more modern windows, like sliding and picture windows, are great for contemporary homes. Taking note of your home’s architectural style quickly narrows down your options but still ensures that you are working with window options that complement your property, making sure you rake in those style points easily.
Style Tip #2 – Don’t forget your home’s interior
Windows affect how your home looks both inside and out so don’t forget to factor in your interiors when going over your options. You do get to make great first impressions by ensuring your windows look great from the outside but choosing windows that are just as stunning from the inside will help you impress even more. To help you match your windows to your home’s interiors, check available trim options.
Style Tip #3 – Be careful with texture
A textured finish on your frame adds dimension to a window’s flat surface, making an otherwise dull window material look more interesting. However, keep in mind that too much of anything can also be bad for you. If you have a modern home, for example, choosing a heavily textured window over a more minimalist option will not win you any favors in the style department.
Style Tip #4 – Mind the colors
You are more than free to choose any window color but be mindful that your choice must complement the rest of your home’s existing theme. It’s always safe to opt for neutral colors because they are easy to blend with other colors but you can also choose to match your windows with the current colors your exterior doors have. If you want to use your windows as accents, however, you can have them in colors that contrast your home.
Style Tip #5 – Practice symmetry
The best way to ensure symmetry is to have windows of the same shape and size, laid out in even spacing around your home. If this is not possible, or you simply don’t like it that way, you can still uphold symmetry by lining up the tops of your windows, making them appear more uniform.
Style Tip #6 – Function is also king
Form may be your focus but you also can’t completely forget about function. Aside from making sure that a window looks good, you also have to ensure that you choose an appropriate one for the room it will be installed in. If you’re replacing windows by your bathroom, for instance, you have to be mindful of protecting your privacy. This means picture windows, for example, will not be great as bathroom windows as they emphasize offering great outdoor views, which is the opposite of what you need.
There are a lot of windows out there so use that to your advantage to create the most stylish home you can. Should you need help in choosing a window, don’t hesitate to give your local contractor a call today.
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Terry Klara is the President and Operations Manager at DryTech Roofing. With over two decades of experience in the construction industry, he is known as a detail-oriented and highly organized expert at managing multiple construction projects. Terry shares his knowledge on the home improvement industry through the company blog.