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4 Ways To Customize Your Window Style

by Sara Cook

Windows can be a functional aspect of your new home, but they can also help you to incorporate your unique style into your dream home. Whether you prefer a more whimsical appearance or whether you're going for an elegant, classic look, windows can help you perfect the style you're going for.

Here are some of the ways you can customize the style of the windows you add during custom home construction.

1. Choose textured or colored glass 

The window glass itself is the first thing to think about. Do you want to add stained glass windows anywhere in the house? The colored glass can let in colored light and add a decorative touch that's visible from both the inside and the outside of the house. 

Textured glass is the next possibility. While most windows are made of smooth-textured glass for maximum visibility, you can also choose interestingly textured glass for windows where visibility isn't the highest priority. For instance, bathroom windows often have glass with bubbles or a swirly texture to let in light while improving privacy.

Transom windows, sidelights, and door windows are other common places to include textured glass.

2. Pick a stylish shape

You don't have to have plain rectangles for all your windows. You may want to add a round porthole-like window by the staircase, a semicircle window above the front door, or eyebrow windows in the dormers. Differently shaped windows can help to emphasize different home styles and add a touch of personality, elegance, or whimsy.

3. Add extra windows

Adding extra windows is a statement all by itself. A house with a lot of windows can be light and airy, and may even feel larger versus the relatively closed feeling you'd get in a house with very few windows. If you'd like to take this idea even further, you could add an entire wall of windows or even a sunroom or conservatory.

4. Choose opening mechanism style

The way your windows open and the opening mechanism itself can also change the style of the window a lot. For instance, a window that has louvered panes (also called a jalousie style window) will provide a much different statement than a bay window that doesn't open or a casement window that slides. So be sure to choose the right opening style for each window.

These are just a few ways that you can customize the design of windows in your new home to help reflect your personality and meet your needs. Talk to your custom home building contractor for more information about window design and the types of windows available.