Jon Coty

Throughout his successful career, Jon has worn many hats but has been consistent with his results. With DWELL44, Jon and the team are continuing to help homeowners and designers alike turn ideas into reality.

When it comes to styling your home, there aren’t many things harder to choose than window styles. And that’s not for the reasons you might guess. The hard part about choosing the right modern window style is that almost all windows would and could look great in your home. But only one can be chosen.

There are several different styles and finishes that you can choose from, and each comes with unique benefits and disadvantages. We’ll lay them all out so that you can make an informed decision.

Window Styles

As you might already know, not every window is built the same, and if you start to look around and pay attention to the different windows, you’ll likely find that there are some styles you’re fond of and others you don’t fancy quite the same.

Casement Windows

casement windows

Casement windows are modern, and they swing in or out like a door. They provide great ventilation and can be operated with one hand. This design has been around for a while. Today, modern casements are well made, but they can be a bit pricey.

One of the benefits you’ll experience with these windows is the great ventilation they offer, but on the downside, they’re very expensive.

Double-Hung Windows 

double hung windows

If you can imagine a window that is divided into two parts, the top, and bottom panes have separate sashes that slide up or down. Double-hung windows will slide both the top and bottom pane up or down, and single-hung windows will slide just one of the two.

Double-hung and single-hung both offer very modern approaches to window design and style that you’re sure to love.

Sliding Windows

sliding windows

Sliding windows can be modern and are super affordable. They slide side-to-side and are often split directly in the center, with only one window pane that slides.

One benefit of a sliding window is that it can be quite large while still having the ability to open and close. On the negative side, sliding windows can be hard to clean from the inside.

Floor to Ceiling Windows

floor to ceiling windows

Floor to ceiling modern windows are the ultimate choice for great natural lighting. They provide you with an open feel, and they can really brighten up any room. These windows can, however, be very expensive because of their size and the challenge that they are to install.

The benefits and disadvantages of these windows speak for themselves. Bottom line, if you want huge windows with tons of natural light in your home, then we’d say go for it!

Window Grille Design 

modern window grille design

Window grilles or grids are the classic take-ups on modern windows. These types of windows fit well when you’re looking for a rustic or farmhouse modern twist. We love the way they turn out in many homes, and with the new technology today, the grilles themselves never need to be cleaned and won’t obstruct your ability to clean the window itself. These windows feature clean lines which make them perfect for complementing rustic or modern homes.

Window Materials

There aren’t too many different materials that you can build windows with, but each of them does come with added benefits and, of course, disadvantages.


Wood is the longest-held top spot for window materials and, in many cases, the most highly sought-after material for making windows. Wood offers a very elegant approach to windows and can still be modern. The big advantage to wood is that there are so many ways you can shape and stain the wood to give it different appearances. This makes it easy to blend into classic, contemporary, or modern-style homes.


Fiberglass modern windows are very popular in today’s homes as well. They’re tough, and they can endure the changes in weather patterns. On top of that, fiberglass can be painted just like wood giving it the flexibility to give a natural or modern look.


Vinyl is going to be the most affordable option of the three and still offers lots of great features. You won’t be able to get as many different color options from the factory, and these windows can’t be painted easily. But, what you do gain is the trust that the windows won’t mold or decay over time. Granted, vinyl windows can lack the strength found in wood or fiberglass windows, which can lead to a shorter lifetime.

Finding the Best Windows for Your Home

If you’re interested in learning more about the different modern and contemporary window brands we carry here at DWELL44, we’d be happy to have you stop by our showroom. There are a number of different styles and examples throughout our showroom that features some of the different benefits that you can find in these windows. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment.

Jon Coty

Throughout his successful career, Jon has worn many hats but has been consistent with his results. With DWELL44, Jon and the team are continuing to help homeowners and designers alike turn ideas into reality.

Plan your visit to our conveniently located showroom.

Address: 4317 Excelsior Blvd, St Louis Park, MN 55416