Your windows are a huge part of your home and they could easily determine how beautiful your home looks from the outside and from the inside. Whether or not you're installing new windows you'll still want them to compliment your home in a few key areas, so we're going to discuss a few things you need to bare in mind when dealing with them.
What purpose will they serve?
Tall windows might look great in your living room and they'll let in a lot of light, but you won't be able to climb out of them when you want to go outside. If you want easy access to your garden you might want to fit a sliding glass door which will still let in plenty of light. If you are fitting windows in the bathroom you won't want them to be quite as elaborate and light will still need to come in, but you don't want to use plain glass otherwise people might see you doing your business.
Colorful window frames
There is an easy way to make your home stand out from all the others in the neighborhood and it involves using colorful window frames. If you're buying new windows you can even find certain manufacturers who sell window frames with different colors already infused into them. Just buy a tin of paint and do it yourself if you're not replacing your windows, but remember to be careful when picking a color because it should look tasteful rather than tacky.
Let the air inside
Ventilation is another thing to consider and if your room is going to be too hot throughout the day you don't want to be forced to rely on the air conditioning unit to keep you cool. It's much easier if you can open your windows to let as much cool air in as possible. Some windows won't open very much and others will swing all the way open. Windows that can fully open are generally preferred because you'll be a lot safer in the event of a fire, plus you'll get that fresh summer air too.
Matching the inside too
We've talked about how the exterior of your windows should match the outside of your home, but don't forget you also want them to match the interior too. You won't spend all your time in the garden, so you want the inside of each room in your home to be as attractive as possible. If you're putting in new windows the style and color you choose might be determined by how your room already looks, but if you're keeping the same windows the only thing you can do is paint them to compliment your furniture.
Watch out for the sun
When deciding where to put new windows you have to remember that the sun moves throughout the day, so if you want light in your living room the sun could dictate where the windows go. At the opposite end of the spectrum you might not want light to come directly into your bedroom early in the morning otherwise it might wake you up. The most important thing is making sure certain rooms get enough light during the day because your home might start to feel depressing if it's too dark.
You can finally relax
After you've dealt with your windows you can finally relax because they tend to last much longer than most other things in your home unless you need to call the glass repair man if they get cracked or smashed. The tricky part is making sure they look perfect in the first place otherwise you'll always have this nagging feeling they could look better. I hope you can use a few of the tips we've spoken about today to sort them out once and for all.
Nancy Baker, the author of this post, is a freelance blogger who is currently writing for Berwick Glass, providers of glazing window services. She is passionate about cycling and is always looking to help amateur riders. You can also follow her on Twitter @Nancy Baker.