If you’re building a new home or installing motorized shades, you need to know what window styles go best in which parts of a home. While there are many different kinds of windows that look great with shades, whether motorized or not, here are some of the most popular window styles and where you should put them:
- Hopper – Hinged at the bottom, hopper windows tilt inward to allow airflow from all three sides. They’re most commonly used in garages, basements, and, when placed high on walls, in bathrooms where extra ventilation is helpful but privacy is important.
- Awning – Unlike other windows that open out, in or to the side, awning windows are hinged at the top and open up. They generally allow air in from the left, right and bottom for maximum venting. Where do they go best? Awning windows are ideal for use in a pair with a picture window or in sunrooms that have lots of windows.
- Slider/Glider/Rolling – This family of windows operate on a track and move either to the left or to the right in the frame. and open left or right within the frame. Since they have a modern look, they’re best used in contemporary homes or ranch-style houses that suit a more horizonal shape.
- Double-Hung – Double-hung windows have two sashes that move vertically. These windows can be opened from the top or the bottom since the screen is hung on the outside of the window. Since double-hung windows come in almost every size, they’re extremely versatile. However, they’re most often used alone rather than in groups or pairings.
- Bay or Bow – These windows stick out from the side of the house. Bay windows are generally made of large windows flanked by smaller windows in 30–40-degree angles. Bow windows are more circular as they are usually made of small or narrow windows at 10–20-degree angles. Since bay and bow windows look so great from both the inside and the outside of a home, they’re best used at the front of a house where passersby can admire them. They also work well in rooms where you want addition space or storage from window seats and bench storage.
- Casement – These windows open outward with a hand crank and usually have a screen hung on the inside. Since they open outward, they are harder to break into, making them ideal for use on first floors, basements, and had to reach places like above a sink or a countertop.
- Picture/Transom – The term “picture” refers to a window that doesn’t open, since it serves only as decoration and a light source. Transoms are narrow or thin windows that are usually paired with doors or above other windows to let in more light. Both of these windows work well wherever you need more light in your home or in hard-to-reach places since they don’t open.