Choosing the Most Picturesque Window Upgrade and Design For Your Home

The last blog post (Take the Pane Out of Choosing Windows) covered the essential functions and concerns you should address when thinking about your home’s windows.  Today we are going to cover your window upgrade and design options for when it’s time to select your windows––from the latest window trends to timeless classics.

Breaking the Glass Ceiling With Options Galore

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are one of the most popular styles of window throughout America.  These windows are able to open from the top or the bottom, or even open both and slide to meet in the middle.  You can add beautiful grills to the window, to increase style appeal.

Single Hung Windows

Almost identical to double hung windows, single hung windows are also very popular window used in American design.  The difference between single and double hung windows––you guessed it––they can only be opened from one end of the window.  Usually they open from the bottom.  Just like the double hung window, these windows can have beautiful decorative grills added to the window to match the character of your home.

Fixed Glass Windows

Fixed glass windows are windows that cannot be opened. These windows are ideal in spaces where you would like a large window to let light in, but don’t necessarily want or need natural airflow. A large fixed glass window would work well in a room with a spectacular view that you do not wish to interrupt with decorative grilling.  Smaller fixed glass windows can be used as design pieces throughout your home as well.

Awning Windows 

Awning windows are typically windows that open with a rotating crank, from a hinge at the top or middle of the frame of the window that swings outward.  These are often found in highrise buildings below fixed glass windows, in bathrooms with privacy glass, or in basements where there is very little space above ground for a window.  However, when used creatively in design this type of window is an excellent window to help with natural air circulation, while still protecting your home from the outdoor elements.

Hopper Windows

Hopper windows are the opposite of an awning window, in that they hinge at the bottom of the frame to swing outward.  Typically hopper windows are placed on top of doors, where occasional air circulation may be desired.


Another great window for airflow is the casement window.  It opens from a side hinge, outward.  Many people select the casement window for it’s energy efficiency, unique design, and versatility.

Jalousie Windows

Popular in the American south, jalousie windows have glass slats that open and shut in-synchronization.  These windows are a beautiful touch of tradition for any home–but are more suited to mild climates due to how difficult it is to properly seal them.

Glass Block Windows

Once prominent in the entrances and bathrooms of homes, glass block windows are regaining popularity in modern design.  A glass block window is constructed from individual blocks of glass that are sealed together into one unit, and then framed by your material of choice.  These provided diluted light and visual interest to a room. Glass block windows also work well for privacy purposes.

Tilt and Turn Windows

Tilt-and-turn windows are a popular European trend that is quickly coming to America due to their dual-action versatility.  With a hinge on the side, they can open horizontally like a casement window, and with a hinge at the bottom they can open like a hopper window.

Horizontal Slider

Slider windows do exactly as their name suggests: they slide from side to side.  These are excellent windows for your kitchen and bedrooms, as they can be opened as much or as little as you desire, and do not obscure light from entering the room.

Picture Windows

Picture windows are a style of fixed window.  Usually large and in a room where many people gather (such as your front room, den, or family room), picture windows are units of fixed windows that serve to be a large light source.  Often people will select picture windows to fill an entire wall of a room, especially if overlooking a grand view or garden.

Bay/Garden Window

Composed of three windows that connect at angles between 30 and 45 degrees, bay windows are often selected for breakfast or reading nooks.  Garden windows are just a smaller version of a bay window.  Both are used to frame a picturesque view, or to help complete the look and feel of a cozy corner.

Bow Window

Similar to bay windows, bow windows are panels of windows that come in groupings of 3, 4, or 5 panels that are all connected at a 10 degree angle, giving the windows a more circular appearance.

Decorative Glass Window

Traditionally, decorative glass windows were fixed windows in the entrance of a home, or used as the centerpiece for a room.  Today you can use decorative glass windows in many innovative ways–from awning windows that are stained glass pieces, to sliding glass windows with intricate metal grills woven into the glass itself.  It’s advisable to think about the long-term design of the house when considering decorative glass, as it can be expensive to design and install, and can become dated if not chosen judiciously.

Making Your Home Resplendent 

Window design can certainly spice up your home.  More than just a design element, windows allow natural light, help with insulation, or can be the frame to the most perfect view on your property.  Don’t let all the options daunt you––Design Management Group would be happy to consult with you about the window upgrade that is right for your home.