It takes careful planning to design a proper kitchen space. In addition to selecting matching floor tiles and countertops, and finding the right cabinets and lighting fixtures, you should also consider the window style to go with that will fit the aesthetic and functional requirements of the space.
Prioritize Function Over Form
While visually appealing windows are needed in a well-designed kitchen, convenience and ease of use are also just as essential. You need a versatile yet easy-to-open window to let in fresh air and allow cooking smells and odors to escape.
Consider Energy Efficiency
As with all residential windows, your new kitchen windows should also help improve your home’s energy efficiency. They should help retain your home’s indoor temperatures and keep it naturally cool for longer without relying too much on your HVAC system. You should also at least have one placed over your sinks and countertops to bring in more natural light so that you won’t have to keep relying on artificial lighting during the day. This also helps in reducing your home’s overall energy consumption.
Common Window Types for Kitchens
- Casement Windows
As one of the most common styles used in kitchens, casement windows are simple in design and easy to operate. You’ll only need to use a crank to swing them open, allowing you to control the airflow in the room.
- Sliding Windows
These are usually installed above kitchen sinks and counters because they can be easily opened and closed on a horizontal track. They also require minimal maintenance.
- Double-Hung Windows
These windows are easy to maintain since they open from the top or the bottom as little or as much as needed. This lets you easily adjust how much fresh air you want in your new kitchen space.
- Bay Windows
These are designed to extend past the façade of your home with glass panes on every side, including the top. The extra space can be used as a small breakfast nook or just to grow herbs and plants indoors because of the amount of sunlight that shines through.
Renewal by Andersen® of Seattle is your go-to source for high-quality replacement bow and bay windows. You can count on our team of experienced design consultants to find the best window style that fits your kitchen’s aesthetic and functional requirements. Reach us at (206) 777-0954 or by filling out our convenient online contact form. We’re proud to serve Seattle and the nearby areas of Edmonds, Kirkland and Mercer Island.