It's all about windows
By Kathryn Weber
Aug. 24, 2017 at 10:30 p.m.
Updated Aug. 24, 2017 at 3 p.m.
Windows and window treatments both have fashion trends. Until now, mostly window treatments have changed styles, but now windows are becoming an important feature. Watch any home-buying reality show, and one of the most sought-after amenities in any home is an abundance of light. Windows are now squarely in focus for homeowners and potential buyers.
Bigger is better
The more window, the more light and the more open a house feels. Bigger, expansive windows that take in views and let in the light are in high demand. With the improvement in glazing, windows now have options that retain heat - or repel it - and ensure the homeowner's comfort. One way to add even more view, and light, to any home is the window wall. These create a sense of spaciousness in small spaces and bring in views and abundant light. Buildings and homes are incorporating more window walls to create visual living space in addition to actual square footage. It's one of the biggest trends in windows.
Window walls can be made with smart glass that can auto-adjust when light is too bright. Like appliances, windows now come with Energy Star ratings that give consumers a better understanding of what the window will cost in usage and how it will perform in efficiency for the home. A new age of windows is dawning when they can bring in the light we crave and benefit both our heating and cooling costs.
Window walls don't have to just be located on exterior walls. Glass walls can now be incorporated into interiors. Having a glass wall is a terrific way to bring both light and separation to a space, such as lofts or open concept homes, without cutting the space off visually. Glass walls can be installed to fold or slide, much like closet walls.
Turning windows into doors is another important trend. Windows can be transformed into entranceways to create an easy link to the outdoors. When windows can be replaced with doors, it creates an opportunity to merge the outdoors with the indoors, while opening up the house to more views and light.
No one can question that white window frames are classic and fit anywhere, but trends in window colors are changing too. One of the hottest trends in windows is going toward white's polar opposite: Black.
Black is one of the most popular shifts in window colors today, and these windows can be found in design and decor magazines in abundance. In today's modern interiors, installing black framed windows adds contrast and just the right touch of color to balance bright white and pale gray walls. Adding color to the window and trim around it, like black or brown, helps to visually frame the outdoor scenes they look upon.
Trim work around windows has also changed. Simple painted frames and trim work around windows has undergone a dramatic shift away from the ever popular white. Pair up black or dark-colored windows with matching trim. The dark color will make the window appear more substantial and updated. Dark-trimmed windows are especially nice in contemporary interiors; but placed in any room, black windows visually recede and pull the views in, making the interiors meld into the exterior.
Kathryn Weber is a home and decorating columnist and publishes the Red Lotus Letter feng shui ezine. For more information, contact Weber through her website, redlotusletter.com.