Choosing a window style for your Michigan home is never easy. You have to consider color, the size of the sash, and the style of the window. Different window styles are suited to different rooms. For example, an awning window works wonderfully in the kitchen, thanks to the excellent ventilation it offers. But what about the bedroom? How do you go about choosing a window style for the room where you sleep and relax? Here are a few tips to keep in mind.
Consider how you use the windows.
Different window styles open differently, and therefore they have different advantages. If you like to open your windows wide and use them for ventilation, you may want to choose casement windows for your bedroom. The open window acts as a sort of funnel, channeling any cross breezes in through the opening.
If you need to use a window air conditioner unit in your bedroom, a double-hung window may be a good choice. The bottom window pane slides up to easily accommodate an air conditioning unit. Double-hung windows are also easy to open and close, since they don’t require you to turn a crank like a casement window. This makes them a good choice for people with arthritis or difficulty gripping with their hands.
Think about etched glass.
If your bedroom windows are placed against a busy street, you may want to choose etched glass. This way, you can still open the window treatments to let some light into the home, but you won’t have to worry about anyone looking inside through the windows. Etched glass patterns can be quite subtle as not to interfere with the look and decor of your bedroom.
Choose a subdued color.
These days, more and more homeowners are choosing boldly colored window frames, like dark green and black. However, there is no reason why all the windows in your home need to be the same color. Even if you use bold colors elsewhere in your home, you can choose a more subdued tone for use in the bedroom. White is traditional, but you can also choose a light, natural wood finish or a pale shade like cream. The outside of your windows can be a different color than the inside, so the exterior of your Michigan homelooks cohesive.
Include grilles in your design.
Grilles are window sash grids that divide the window into smaller squares or rectangles. They have a way of softening a window, which makes it look more appealing in a bedroom. A colonial grille adds a quaint, cozy charm, like that often seen in a Cape Cod home. It divides the window into six equally sized panes. A farmhouse grille is a good choice for a more country-style, rustic bedroom. This grille divides both the top and bottom sashes into two side-by-side segments. You can also have a custom grille designed if you have a different style in mind.
With the tips above, you can choose a window style that perfectly suits the bedrooms in your Michigan home. If you need help choosing a window style, contact Renewal by Andersen to schedule a free, in-home consultation. Our trained technicians can help you explore options that coordinate with your current bedroom style and lifestyle.