Window Styles to Improve the Look of Your Dining Room
By: Architectural Visions
As homeowners spend more and more time at home, it’s critical that they consider the best ways to make each room in their home as welcoming and enjoyable as possible. Maybe not the most often used room in the household, the dining room is still one of the most important places to forge many of our most enduring home memories, from holiday celebrations to get-togethers with friends, to family dinners.
There are a plethora of factors to consider when thinking about what experience you want to create in your dining room, and these factors really depend on your personal tastes and desires for this room. Is this a dining room where you plan to have large celebratory gatherings? A quiet relaxing place to share a meal? Both? The elements you choose to include/exclude in your dining room will most certainly play a part in optimizing people’s enjoyment of your dining room experience, and the dining room windows you choose to incorporate are most certainly one of those elements.
Here at AVI we can help guide you through these questions as well as provide you with an overview of a few great window styles to improve the look of your dining room.
Dining Room Window Considerations
So, what are the questions you should ask yourself when considering dining room windows? Some key questions you’ll want to consider initially will regard the style of your home, the location of the windows and the direction they’ll be facing, the amount of light the windows let in, and the effect of aspects such as color.
What Is the Style of Your Home?
First, what type of style is your home currently or what type of style are you renovating your home for? Contemporary? Victorian? Industrial? Cottage? The type of windows you choose will have a significant effect on the overall style you create in each room, and this is true of dining room windows. Bay and bow windows in a dining room would serve you well for a large celebratory dinner like Thanksgiving. These large windows create a sense of openness and guests will feel they have plenty of space to enjoy themselves as they eat and converse. On the other hand, in a simple cottage home, you may plan for your dining room to serve as the focal point for family dinners or sometimes to host a small group of friends. Therefore, you want to create a sense of warmth and togetherness. A French casement window that can crank or push open might be a good dynamic option.
What do You Want Your Windows to Let In?
A window’s main function is to let a view of the outdoors and light into your home, and the windows you choose and where you choose will control what exactly enters your home. So, first, you’ll need to consider which direction your windows will be facing. In a cottage house where you want everyone focused on each other during dinner, you may prefer to position a dining room window on a wall that faces away from a busy street. Furthermore, how much light do you want to enter the room? if you want people to feel not so rushed and anxious at the dinner table, a smaller window with a particular shade may suit you as the decreased light will relax family members or guests as they enjoy their meal.
How much Flexibility do you Have?
Another factor to consider is the flexibility you have regarding the color and style of the dining room. Certain colors such as white and styles such as contemporary tend to be more flexible in the style of windows you choose to incorporate. However, a completely black room that makes a room feel smaller or a very rigid style such as Victorian may require a specific type of dining room window.
3 Great Window Choices for your Dining Room
Bay and Bow Windows
If you’re looking to create a sense of open space and bring in lots of scenery and light for large celebratory dinners, bay and bow windows are great options. A bay window typically combines three units at 30, 45 or 60-degree angles, or choose a 90-degree box bay window. On the other hand, bow windows pair multiple window units in a curving formation. Both create a dramatic sense of space as they extend outside the existing walls, inviting guests to enjoy each other’s company while simultaneously enjoying the scenery. Fiberglass, vinyl, and wood-clad are good material options for these types of windows. Bay and Bow windows can be combinations of double-hung, casement, or awning windows, so there is lots of room for customization of style and functionality.
A picture window does exactly what you think it does: it frames a picture of the view outside your window. Again, this a great dining room window option for homeowners who want their guests to be able to enjoy and discuss the view as they eat and talk. This view is not as dramatic as bay or bow or a floor to ceiling window, however. The bold straight lines of a picture window can be combined with smaller curving units, making it a great addition to a Contemporary house. Picture windows are typically fixed and do not open, so they are ideal for unobstructed views where ventilation is not a concern.
Fiberglass, Vinyl, and aluminum are popular material options, depending on how much control you want on the amount of heat you want to enter/leave the house. Picture windows come in an almost limitless amount of styles and shapes: round, square, round top, triangular, and polygon. Furthermore you can combine them with double-hung and casement windows. Therefore, there is a lot of customization available with picture windows.
In terms of functionality, casement windows are hard to beat. These windows are either pushed open or cranked like a door, allowing for a completely unobstructed portal to the outside. Thus, casement windows are a great option for homeowners who intend to utilize their dining room for various functions. The emphasis on simplicity and function really lend casement windows well to a Modern design. In terms of customization, although they tend to be simple in shape, you can combine a series of casement windows to open a room to the outdoors.
AVI Has Your Dining Room Windows
If you’re looking to improve the look of your dining room with new windows, the experts at AVI are here to help. With online and in-person services, we are your one-stop-shop to view, choose, and install the perfect combination of dining room windows for your next home renovation.
Get in touch with us now by phone, online, or in person at one of our Southeast locations today!