You are your home. Your property reflects on you so it is important to not just care for it but to ensure that it looks good as well. Fortunately, there are many ways to improve your home’s exterior design, one of which is through replacing your windows. But, of course, you can’t just get any replacement window. There are some design principles you have to take note of to ensure you get the right ones for your home.

Function First, Form Follows Wait. Aren’t we talking about window design? Why should function be our first consideration when choosing windows? It’s true that our focus right now is on your home’s exterior design but it is also true that you can’t dissociate functionality from a window. As such, to make sure that the window you choose is truly right for you, it is also to important to take into consideration function. The good thing is, even when you consider window function first, you don’t have to compromise. Newer window models have greatly improved in terms of both function and form, ensuring that they address as many needs as possible.

If you’re looking to take advantage of great outdoor views, for instance, get a window with large, unobstructed glass areas like casement or picture windows. Muntins look great but they will impede your view so you should opt out of getting them, if you want your windows to make the most out of an outdoor view.

Consider the Material Different window materials have different characteristics but one of the most noticeable about them is that different materials can offer a window different appearances. Want old-world charm? Go for wood. Looking for modern allure? Metal can be a good option. You can also take advantage of composite material that can be made to look like other window materials while doing away with those materials’ weaknesses. Whatever window material you choose, always make sure that the finish it comes with complements your home’s overall color scheme.

Aside from windows, doors also have a lot to offer when it comes to improving a house’s exterior design. Head on over to Part 2 to learn more about how to make the most out of doors for your home.