Windows are an integral part of the exterior design of your home. Sometimes they shine a beautiful light on your home’s exterior, and other times they might be what’s holding your exterior design back from being everything it could be.
If you’re trying to catch the attention of your neighbors or passerbys, you’re going to want some eye-catching window designs. Thankfully we can be your source for just that!
Best Window Styles of 2021
If you’re buying new modern or traditional windows, take the time to match them perfectly with your home’s exterior.
Single and Double Hung Windows
These window styles are the first window style on our list because they have been around forever and still look great today. They tend to suit any exterior design and have a windowpane that can be opened from the top or bottom. The difference between single hung and double hung is that single hung will only open from the bottom, and double-hung can open from both the top and the bottom.
These window styles are trendy today because they’re easy to open and close while still looking great on your home. They can allow for large panes of glass, and they’re usually seen in modern window designs. Sliding windows will separate the two panes vertically, whereas double-hung separates them horizontally.
Casement and Awning Windows
These window styles are very similar, and they basically allow for windows to be opened by turning a crank. Both window types will open outward, but casements will open in, and awnings will open out. A window with casements is usually seen on older homes because it’s one of the window styles that allows window panes to be opened and closed with minimal effort. Casements were the most popular of window types for decades, and they still are in some places.
Picture window styles are HUGE! They can consist of up to five window panes and will be one large window pane. The great thing about picture window styles is that you can open one window pane at a time to allow for cross ventilation. This will make your home much cooler in the summertime. Not all picture windows open, so if you want huge windows without the cost, picture windows might be just right for you.
The window styles in this category are all about the show. With architectural windows, you can get different shapes and sizes of window panes to make your window larger or taller to fit your exterior design. Not all architectural windows can be opened, but when they can, they use cranks similar to casement windows.. One windowpane will be a stationary window, and the other panes can open. These types of windows are great for showcasing your exterior design because no window will look exactly like any other window. These windows will often be much more expensive because they’re totally custom.
Acrylic Block Windows
No window type looks more retro-modern than acrylic block windows when it comes to window styles. They are great for contemporary designs because they have flat window panes and can be large window panes. The windowpane is very thick, so it will look like one large window from the outside, but it won’t open. Sometimes these blocks will be pretty clear, and other times they’ll be glazed over.
Bay and Bow Windows
These window styles are pretty similar to picture windows, but they’re much smaller and oftentimes will not be able to open. They can still look great on your home and offer a great way to get a lot of natural light. When you want to show only one windowpane, window styles in this category are what you want. They also allow for cross ventilation and can be perfect for placing houseplants or other window accessories.
Garden window styles are a little smaller than picture window styles, but they’re still great for natural light. They can be unique and will often have window panes that are not square. Garden window styles allow for window panels to be opened, so they can also offer a great place to put plants or window accessories. They are still great for ventilation, and you might recognize them from many commercial buildings with outdoor seating because they offer a lot of natural light.
Sliding Patio Doors and Windows
Sliding window styles are great for easy access to your outdoors and tons of natural light. Often these doors will be matched to the style or look of all the rest of your windows. Sliding door styles are perfect for patios and decks because you can easily get in and out.
Custom window styles can come in any windowpane style you want. They will be able to open and close and can be made in a variety of styles. You will likely choose custom windows if you’re looking for something you can’t find anywhere else. Custom windows are expensive, so don’t plan on getting any good deals in this case. But what you will get is unique windows that look beautiful and stand out.
Corner window styles are great for when you want to add a window in a room that has two perpendicular walls. They can be square or angular and will often have beautiful arched tops. You might recognize these window types from the classic colonial homes with wrap-around porches. Corner windows offer tons of natural light because they’re able to curve around the corner of your house.
They are beautiful, but they can be very expensive, so make sure that if you choose window styles in this category, it is important to you, or else you might regret it later on.
If you want to learn more about sliding glass doors or windows offered by our partners H Window or Lincoln Window, make an appointment to stop by our showroom. At DWELL44, we can help you choose the perfect windows for your home.