Every homeowner wants to keep their house beautiful, relaxing and comfortable for their family. These qualities can help guarantee a happy family, significant energy savings, as well as a boost in your living experience. During the winter months, when everything starts to get cold, it gets more and more difficult to keep the home comfortable and energy-efficient. The same can be said during summer, as harmful rays and excess heat can easily penetrate your spaces, prodding your air conditioning system to work harder, resulting to a rise in your electric bills.
Keeping a beautiful and comfortable home, however, doesn’t imply you should focus on energy efficiency alone. Customization is important, as well. Working on your window design is one of the best ways to maximize energy efficiency and to customize the design of your home at the same time. After all, time has seen windows evolve from being a minor consideration in interior design to become a major element used to update and beautify homes.
How Windows Affect Your Interiors
Ask any homeowner what they love most about their home, and you’ll likely be told that the views and the location are the foremost features of the home. In fact, a lot of homeowners choose to live in a smaller home as long as they get to enjoy fantastic views. Thus, windows can that deliver such views are vital to the homeowner’s living experience.
Every room in your house can undoubtedly benefit from gorgeous windows — and there are plenty of designs and styles to choose from. If you’ve been looking for ways to brighten your interior, enhance your energy efficiency and achieve a personalized, relaxing space, look to your windows to provide the essential elements. Here are some window design ideas to consider:
Open Up Using Large Windows
As with all living creatures, we humans need sunlight to grow and stay healthy. Kept in the dark, we’re likely to become depressed and unwell. The sun’s natural light is a necessary source of energy and vitamins for the body. It helps us establish a connection with the rest of the world and is an essential element for healthy living.
Regardless of the architectural style, make sure your home has an abundant source of natural light in every room, whenever possible. One way to do this is by considering large, floor-to-ceiling windows. A breathtaking Lake Tahoe residence in Nevada, for instance, makes use of floor-to-ceiling windows on every floor. As a result, the interior would be bathed in natural light and feature panoramic views that easily enhance the way its homeowners live. Another prime example is this stunning Canadian cabin oasis owned by interior designer Anne Hepfer. The large windows in the living room give the cabin an impressive indoor-outdoor vibe.
In general, floor-to-ceiling windows create fantastic visual effects and offer a sense of freedom by making any room seem larger than life. And if you’re lucky enough to live by the beach or surrounded by nature, you hit the jackpot! Aside from bringing the benefit of awesome lighting into your space, massive, unobstructed views will help bring a special meaning to every day with your family.
Select Windows that Complement the Room
While planning your interior design with an architect or a professional contractor, be sure to consider the space in which to place your windows. Rooms with tall ceilings and a spacious setup are more likely to benefit from tall windows high above the ground or multi-story windows that are common in foyers and atriums.
For instance, this Mountain Modern project designed by architectural studio Pearson Design Group has an open floor plan that boasts a truly spacious design. Tall, expansive windows complement each room, offering breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. This gorgeous glass conservatory, on the other hand, features large, multi-story windows that meet a soaring glass ceiling. Even with smaller rooms in your house, you can still take advantage of natural sunlight and views by installing windows that have a lower sills. Just pick out a style that takes into account your room’s best features.
Capture the Perfect Views
There’s nothing quite like waking up to a magnificent view of nature through huge glass windows, like those installed in these professionally designed homes, or enjoying the city lights through curtain wall windows, like those in jewelry designer Kara Ross’ New York penthouse. More than just aesthetic openings in your wall, windows help capture the outdoors like a camera lens and bring them into your home. If you’re designing your new home, be sure to identify what perfect views you want to capture first and then choose a window style that will further enhance it.
Create a Visual Interest with a Variety of Shapes and Sizes
When it comes to choosing shapes and styles for your new windows, there are no specific design rules. Window replacement or installation lets you awaken your creative side when choosing the perfect options for your space. Many professionals like to play with solid spaces and voids on walls, installing windows in various interesting configurations that offer aesthetic advantages and appealing views.
For instance, this tall, slim window in the House in Monasterios not only lets you get a peek of the adjacent room; it also offers a unique design that accentuates the interior. The same goes for the windows in this New England-style wooden house designed by architect Anna Lantz Niklasson. For this ultra-purified room designed by Halewijn Lievens, though, the window in the upper room is placed below the wall, offering a pretty view overlooking the garden.
From round and rectilinear varieties to custom-shaped windows, look for window manufacturers and contractors who offer a wide range of options that suit your needs.
Use Windows as Your Artwork for Your Interiors
Believe it or not, there isn’t any better piece of wall art than the great outdoors. When choosing design themes and colors for your rooms, be sure to get inspiration from your outdoor views. A home library, like this one from Homedit, or a kitchen that overlooks a colorful garden through big picture windows, like this one from MyHouseIdea, may not need plenty of colors to compete with the picturesque views. With windows, you can reinvent your interiors by utilizing the view as your art inspiration.
Combine Beauty and Efficiency with Skylights
Another excellent way to maximize natural lighting is through skylights. The ceiling has always been a part of the home that many homeowners forget about when designing their interiors. Skylights provide privacy and are also a source of natural light to smaller rooms that don’t usually benefit from natural light due to lack of space for windows on the walls. As a unique design feature, skylights come in fixed and operable options, and you can pair them up with window treatments for light control. Their lighting benefits can help minimize your reliance to artificial lighting, which can result in energy savings over time. Check out these skylight samples in homes from A Note on Style to know more about the way they can influence your spaces.
Make the Most of Window Treatments
Window treatments have more to them than meets the eye. For one, they are excellent at providing just the right amount of privacy in your room. From curtains and drapes to valances, shutters and blinds, you have many options to give your family the privacy you deserve—and in the most artistic ways possible.
Window treatments create spectacular looks with different materials for every room. Materials such as wood and bamboo offers a natural, sophisticated look for an office or den, while materials such as vinyl and metal can help accentuate more modern spaces. Fabrics, on the other hand, have a warm, homey touch to them, making them a favorite among most households. Check out this guide from Architectural Digest to learn everything you can about the different types of window treatments and how to choose the best one for your room
The Renewal by Andersen Difference
When you’re replacing your home’s old windows for the first time, turn to one of the leading window replacement companies in the region—Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico. Whether you’re looking to improve your home’s appearance, comfort or energy efficiency, our replacement windows have the right features and styles to complement your specific needs.
Our replacement units come in an impressive selection of styles: double-hung, casement, bay and bow, picture, sliding and specialty. So whether you have a traditional home, a contemporary home, or anything in between, we have the right window style ideal for your architectural design. In addition, all of our window offerings are custom-designed, which means they can fit your existing wall openings perfectly, no matter its shape and size.
Renewal by Andersen windows come with an innovative Fibrex® composite material that combines the strength and insulating properties of wood, plus the low-maintenance features of vinyl. When used together with our High-Performance™ Low-Emissivity® glass, you’ll get stylish and energy-efficient windows that can help enhance your overall living experience. The best part? You can save as much as 25% on your annual energy bills because our windows are engineered to protect your home from unnecessary energy loss.
Ready to update your home with high-quality window designs? Consult a Renewal by Andersen expert today!
From traditional window styles to more contemporary ones, Renewal by Andersen® of New Mexico has it all for you. Give us a call at (505) 312-6577 for a FREE, in-home consultation!