It’s every homeowner’s wish to have a beautiful home. However, the road to owning a property that gets all the “oohs” and “ahhs” isn’t always an easy one. One of the challenges I keep hearing from our clients is knowing how to match replacement windows with their doors.
There are key design principles where the exterior of your home is concerned. When choosing windows:
- Be mindful of balance and symmetry. This will create uniformity that will make your home look coordinated. One of the ways you can achieve balance and symmetry is to flank a door with windows of the same type on both sides.
- Think function first, with form right behind. This means that the starting point of designing your home should focus first on purpose, with tweaks included to address aesthetics afterwards. Are you looking for energy-efficiency? Want to highlight a great view? The good news is that windows these days are more than capable of combining function and form seamlessly so you won’t have to compromise on one or the other.
- Consider materials, textures and colors. When choosing aesthetics, go for something that will match or complement what your door currently has. If you have a wood door, go for a window that closely matches how your door looks. You don’t necessarily have to get wood windows, but you can take advantage of composite materials that can mimic the appearance of wood.
- Don’t forget about lines and spaces. Be conscious of how edges line up and make sure windows are properly spaced. This means keeping windows in line and avoiding crowding them. You can put windows together to create a “wall” but don’t place them too closely together.
Working with Architectural Styles
Your home’s architectural style will dictate the kind of windows you should use by pointing you in the direction of window designs that complement it. Here are some considerations for you to keep in mind:
Picture windows are usually perfect for modern homes because of their focus on clean lines and overall minimalist design. Sliding and casement windows also make great options to sustain the overall appearance of a modern home. For window hardware, finishes matching or complementing what you have on your door will work.
Search Colonial, Cape Cod and Georgian homes to see fine examples of what a traditional home looks like, with doors usually made of wood or other materials that look like wood to offer timeless elegance that you’re going to want to carry over to your windows. A Tudor-inspired home, for example, would look exceptional with windows that have diamond-shaped mullions. Popular window styles for traditionally designed homes are double-hung windows and bay and bow windows. Adding in grilles is a simple way to spice up a window without making it look out of place in a traditional setting.
Finding the Perfect Windows
Go over as many options as you want to make sure you find one that suits your needs and wants perfectly. Don’t hesitate to ask your local contractor for help in finding the perfect replacement windows.
Charlie Gindele is the man behind Renewal by Andersen® of Orange County, a leading window replacement contractor in the area. With more than 45 years of experience in the industry, he’s definitely the go-to guy for anything windows-related. He puts his expertise to good use by engaging with fellow contractors and clients through presentations, and by writing for the company blog.