Picture windows may be square or rectangular with an inoperable pane of glass, but they are a great style choice to consider for your window replacement project. Extremely versatile, they can be used either as standalone fixtures or as complementary pieces to other window styles. Regardless of how you use them, their simplicity allows you to easily bring the outstanding beauty of your outdoors inside your home.
1. Combining With Other Windows Styles
Picture windows are not always a top choice for some, especially if ventilation is a part of their design requirements. Then again, you can always harness the beauty of these windows without sacrificing the need to let fresh air inside. Just combine them with operable windows; there are numerous possibilities for mixing and matching them until you find the right pair that can boost your home’s appeal.
The following styles that can be paired with picture windows are proven favorites among homeowners:
Double-Hung Windows: A staple in traditional homes, this window style can work as a standalone unit or as a part of a combination.
Casement Windows: These single-sash windows open and close on the hinges, allowing for maximum ventilation. Unlike other window styles, their sashes press against the window frame. Since they don’t have a second sash to interrupt the main window area, they are helpful in getting that minimalist look.
Sliding Windows: These windows are well-suited in areas where casement windows would otherwise get in the way. Their bottom frames carry the sashes’ weight, which allows for bigger-sized windows.
2. Capturing Points of Interest
Picture windows help incorporate the beautiful outdoor scenery into your interior design. With well-placed units, you can draw everyone’s attention to subjects that are worth framing, whether it’s your garden or a fascinating landscape from afar.
For your window replacement project, be sure to consider the windows’ color and finish. The right hues help in making the framed views pop. Also, take note of the view itself: rectangular picture windows could work, but opting for an interesting window look may suffice if the subject is too tricky to frame.
Our custom-made specialty windows come in 15 different shape options that allow for nearly limitless creativity. Among them are the octagonal picture window, which best matches a mountain, and a pentagon-shaped unit, which effectively encases the view of a tree from your yard.
3. Creating Continuous Views
Sometimes, a picturesque outdoor view is too nice not to be used as a focal point for your interior. You can highlight that beautiful scenery with mulled windows. These are multiple windows of the same height installed flat along the wall. Essentially, this configuration creates a wall of glass similar to that of sliding doors.
Picture windows of the same size can be used in this window arrangement, though different styles can also be combined. For this, a single bay window can be a good alternative to mulled windows. It is a projection window, which means it protrudes toward the exterior. A typical configuration of this window style consists of a picture window at the center flanked on both sides by operable windows like casement or double-hung windows.
4. Letting Natural Light Inside
With picture windows, you can instantly flood your interior with sunlight and open up your whole room. Large-sized units, particularly the floor-to-ceiling ones, help you achieve this, with the outdoor views a bonus. Pair them with patio doors, and you now have a modern-looking interior.
If privacy is a concern, however, the empty wall space created by vaulted ceilings can be utilized. Picture windows are a great choice since there’s no need to open them from that height. Try varying sizes to increase the appeal that they provide to your home’s exterior and interior.
To get the best out of your picture windows, turn to Renewal by Andersen® of Nashville. We offer expertly constructed picture windows made of Fibrex® composite frame and your choice of High-Performance™ Low-E4® glass. These give your replacement units durability and energy efficiency to go with their beautiful appearance that matches your home’s architectural style.
To learn more about our replacement doors and windows, call us at (615) 238-9463. You may also fill out our contact form to schedule an in-home consultation. We serve residents of Nashville and Clarksville, TN.