New Windows and Interior Home Design
How can windows impact your home’s interior aesthetic? Windows are obvious exterior upgrades — and completely change your home’s curb appeal. But this type of functional home accent isn’t something that you’ll only see from the outside. If your home needs new windows, take a look at what you need to know about interior design and your options.
Does Placement Matter?
Yes, the placement of the windows matters. Placement can affect your home’s interior design in a few different ways. These include:
- The light. Lamps and overhead fixtures aren’t the only light sources in a room. The windows let in natural light and can directly impact the overall aesthetic. Before you buy or place windows, think about how much or how little light you want in the space.
- The wall decor. Windows can become decorative accents in a room — if you place them strategically. Break up a larger solid wall or create a gallery-style design with windows.
- The furniture placement. Where will you place furniture in a room? Windows significantly affect your furniture placement options. If you have a large picture window along each wall, you may not have space to place furniture anywhere other than the center of the room.
- The alignment. Unless you want a Willy Wonka-like eclectic design, you will need to align the windows with each other and other parts of the room (such as the door and wall-ceiling lines).
Along with the design aspects of window placement, you also need to consider the functional or practical issues. These include ventilation, heating, and cooling. The direction the windows face will allow sunshine in at different times of the day. This also means the windows will let heat in. To reduce heat transfer, you will also need to factor in where you live and the climate throughout the year.
Does Shape Matter?
Like placement, window shape also impacts your home’s interior design. Even though many standard windows come in either horizontal or vertical rectangle shapes, you don’t have to go the traditional route. Before you invest in new windows, consider:
- Non-traditional options. A curved top or round window can stand out and add visual interest to a room. This can upgrade the aesthetic and complement the existing decor.
- Combinations of shapes. While you don’t need to choose one shape for each window, you can combine a few. Add a non-traditional shaped window to a classic rectangle or combine two different curved or angled options.
- The entire interior style. Does the room have a traditional or classic feel? An eclectic circle shape may look off. Match the shape to the style. Even though some elements of the decor plan may change over time, it’s not likely you’ll completely overhaul your aesthetic.
If you’re not sure what types of windows are available, discuss the shape options with a qualified contractor. A window and glass professional can help you to understand the shapes available in each type of window. Some window styles, such as sliders or casements, won’t support non-traditional shapes easily.
What Else Do You Need To Consider?
Placement and shape are essential aspects of your home’s interior window and overall decor aesthetic. But you also need to consider the frame material, size, and color. Vinyl, metal, fiberglass, and wood are the most common types of window frame materials. These are all available in different thicknesses, sizes, and color options. Some materials, such as wood and fiberglass, are paintable. This makes it possible to customize your windows and precisely match them to the rest of the room’s decor. Are you ready to redecorate with windows? Do you need to know more about your options? Contact Fischer Window and Door Store for more information.