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Your Ultimate Guide to Door and Window Styles – Part 2 Window Styles and Your Home’s Architecture

One of the most important steps in choosing your new windows and patio doors is to match them with your home’s architectural style. This way, they can further enhance the exterior but staying true to its original design elements. Some windows–double-hung ones, for instance–are versatile enough to complement both traditional and contemporary home styles, but most work better with a specific architectural styles. Here are a few examples:

Your Ultimate Guide to Door and Window Styles

Picture and Sliding Windows + Modern-Contemporary Homes

A minimalist appearance, smooth and clean lines, design elements in steel, glass and stone–these are some of the features you’ll find in a Modern-Contemporary home. This architecture favors open, spacious rooms with considerable access to natural light. That’s why picture and sliding windows are a staple for this home style. Both windows have thin frames and a large glass area, helping better connect the home’s interior with the outdoors. Because this same glass area lets in a large amount of natural light, picture and sliding units help keep your home brighter for longer during the day

Bay and Bow Windows + Queen Anne Homes

With their unique design, bay and bow windows are a perfect match for Queen Anne homes. These units highlight the architecture’s asymmetrical details, brooding look and bold color schemes. The curved design of bay and bow allows natural light to come in from different angles, maximizing your home’s daylighting. To further add to the aesthetics of your Queen Anne home, make sure the bay or bow units’ trim color goes well with the current exterior palette.

Casement Windows + French Tudor or Spanish-Mission Homes

Steep, multi-gabled rooflines, decorative half-timbering and elegant entryways characterize a French Tudor home. It features tall, narrow multi-paned windows in groups of up to four. Casement units are the traditional choice for this architecture. They provide fresher, cooler air and an extended view of the outdoors. Casement windows also grace Spanish-Mission homes, which are characterized by smooth, flat wall surfaces, red tile roofing, arched entryways and neutral exterior color schemes.

What about patio door styles? Hinged French doors are the typical option for traditional homes such as Colonial, Craftsman or Cape Cod because of their classic look and elegant detailing. Sliding glass patio doors, on the other hand, are common in Modern, Contemporary or Industrial homes. Extensive customization options offered by premier window companies, however, allow you to design your patio door in such a way that it’s never limited to just one home style. A sliding glass door for your Craftsman home? No problem! Be creative and enjoy the design possibilities offered by this home improvement.


In the final installment of our three-part blog series, we’ll discuss how window and door styles affect your home’s energy performance.


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