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Window design ideas

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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You cannot deny the fact that windows are one of the most important elements in house design. The only permeable layer between inside and out, windows give us a glimpse of the outside world and remind us that despite the fact we are inside a man-made structure, nature still exists beyond those four walls. Although there are times when the sun has disappeared, and the rain seems to go on for days and we feel like we never want to leave our rooms, a home without windows would be an awful space.

Windows these days come in a myriad of designs and shapes, in fact, the choice is seemingly endless. On top of this, you can choose different tints and even different colours. Many designers and architects are challenging the notion of a standard window, and are coming up with inventive ways to redefine a classic element of house design. So, today we are going to give you a tour of some great window shapes and styles that are a little out of the ordinary; allowing light to penetrate your home in fascinating and interesting ways.


Floor to ceiling windows are a thing of beauty, and when there is an equally as stunning garden or courtyard to be seen, their visual appeal is only heightened. Resembling a glasshouse or conservatory, this kitchen and dining area is bathed in natural light. It also helps to open up the two areas, creating a juxtaposition between indoor and outdoor spaces. The black frames further enhance the scale and size of these windows. Your eyes are instantly drawn upwards, in an attempt to view every tiny fragment and corner of glass.  Even on grey and gloomy days, you can watch the eye of the storm pass overhead from the comfort of your home—an exciting prospect for some!

Light filled

Executive power screens:  Household by Phantom Screens
Phantom Screens

Executive power screens

Phantom Screens

When you're exercising or working-out on repetitive apparatuses like the treadmill and walker, it can get a little boring and uninspiring from time to time. The television only does so much, and music can only keep you occupied for so long, unless you have an hour long playlist at the ready! If on the other hand, you are blessed with a wonderful view outside of your temple of fitness, you don't need any other exterior forces to help you stay focused and pass the time. Instead, you have scenery, light, chirping birds and the rustle of the leaves in the breeze—bliss!


Just as if it were a picture hanging on the wall, these square windows frame the manicured landscape perfectly. There is no need for an expensive landscape scene from an acclaimed painter to don your walls, especially if you have access to a view like this everyday. Square windows are generally more expensive than the standard rectangular shape, but if you are prepared to wear the cost, the final result will be more than worth the money you've spent. As you can see in the picture, the base of the window has been cleverly used as a ledge. Here you can store trinkets, decorations and even memories for your dinner guests to see. Square windows are at the height of modern design, and will never go out of fashion. You can be sure to enjoy them for many years to come. 

Tier on Tier Shutters for Sash & Bay Windows:  Windows & doors  by Plantation Shutters Ltd
Plantation Shutters Ltd

Tier on Tier Shutters for Sash & Bay Windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

Having large windows, especially in more private spaces, can be really challenging in densely populated urban areas. In the peak of winter, when all the trees are stripped bare, the screen of leaves that once shielded your windows from the facing neighbours has well and truly disappeared. So, now what? Do you put up curtains and sacrifice the already wavering levels of sunlight, or do you come up with another solution? In this image, we see an ingenious system of shutters. Wood, to begin with, is a thermally efficient barrier, so you can be sure that the heat inside will be safely stored. On top of this, and what we love the most, is that the shutters open in two parts, so you can easily, and most importantly, rush around your bedroom in the morning in private.

Architectural feats

The beauty of modern design and architecture is the dawn of bespoke and uniquely shaped windows. In this image, you can see a number of different window sizes. To the left, there are two elongated horizontal pockets of glazing. In the centre sits a marvellous full-height cathedral window, and to the right, a set of sliding doors with high-level pockets directly above them. It is rare to see this many different window shapes in one exterior facade, but it has been completed with great effect. Your eyes wonder up and down the walls, bouncing from surface to surface. In any case, the desired effect has been achieved here. An exterior that is a pleasure to view, thanks to the creative use of windows.

Old world

A classic home needs classic windows. Not only do they repeat the vernacular of the home, but they help to create a warm and inviting ambience. Sure, large panes of glass aren't for everyone, which is why we wanted to give a broad overview. You cannot deny how well these white painted casement windows fit in with the vintage dresser, elegant sofa and luxurious satin blinds. Just as if it were a scene out of a romantic novel, you can just imagine how cosy it would be if you were rugged up underneath a blanket with a cup of tea and a good book.  This is just one of the many things we love about winter!

Which are you favourite windows from this ideabook? Would you implement any of them in your own home design? Comment below and let us know!
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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