Every aspect of our windows has a huge impact on our home. They open up each room to light, help regulate air flow, and affect the internal temperature we experience on a day-to-day basis. Additionally, a good window is a positive design feature, and should fit in with your home’s style.
So many people look at windows as utilitarian features, instead of realizing the incredible possibilities that can come when you think of windows and window coverings as a canvas for design. Even if your home’s aesthetic is best expressed as ‘minimalist’, windows should never be boring.
Today, we’ll talk about some of the most popular trends for window design and construction in 2020. If you’re upgrading before you put your house up for sale, or are planning a full-scale renovation to personalize and update your living space, you may find that one or two of these trends catch your eye. As with all of our trend-tracking pieces, don’t get caught up in the details. Trends are a good snapshot of what’s becoming more popular, but it doesn’t really take into account classic styles that have worked for decades.
Most of us are used to seeing white, beige, or other neutral colours make up the bulk of a window’s frame. Now, many designers are using dark frames in colours like black, dark grey, or even dark green to accentuate their windows and set them apart from the rest of the room. Dark frames offer a more modern look, and frame the window like a photograph.
Black frames can complement any room, but if you want to branch out into something more unique, consider framing your windows in a colour like hunter green or charcoal grey.
Lately, we’ve seen more people using darker, minimalist frames with clean, straight lines devoid of ornamentation. These windows are so simple that our focus instantly goes to the view outside. If you have a beautiful property that you want to feature, consider changing up the windows overlooking it to a more minimalist style that lets the view really stand out.
The clarity of a minimalist window can enhance our relationship with the outside world, making it easier to feel close to nature.
Another way to feel closer to nature is to explore the latest trend of floor-to-ceiling windows. Instead of simply placing windows at head height, many designers are including floor-to-ceiling windows that span the entire length of a wall.
This is a fantastic addition to any second or third-storey floor, as it allows for both privacy and a better view of the surrounding landscape. To execute this trend well, windows should be as energy efficient as possible, as larger panes can contribute to heat loss in winter if they are not properly insulated.
You may not know the term, but you’ve definitely seen them before. Transom windows are the small, elevated horizontal windows that sit above a door or a lower window. They allow light and air to flow into the home, which gives it a feeling of openness and makes the room seem larger.
Previous styles of transom windows included half-circles and fan shapes, which can make your home seem dated. Now, modern transom windows with clean, simple lines are growing in popularity.
Another door-related window trend that’s growing in popularity in 2020 are sidelites. These are tall, narrow windows that sit on either side of an exterior door. Like transom windows, they let in more light and can make a room feel more open and airier. In the past, people have gravitated towards sidelites that matched their front door, with inset beveled panels, textured accents, or leaded glass designs.
In 2020, we’re seeing more and more of these designs disappear, to be replaced with more minimalist alternatives. People are realizing that they don’t have to get rid of the style entirely if they want to create more light and space around their door. They just need to execute it in a design that matches their style.
New-Style Bay Windows
Everyone loves a bay window. It’s a great place to curl up with a book, drink a cup of coffee, or have a conversation with a loved one. Many of the bay windows we’ve seen in previous designs have been rectangular or arc-shaped structures with elaborate, multi-paned windows. With these elements, they can look outdated.
However, the new styles of bay windows have kept everything we love about this feature (they add square footage, and increase ventilation and light), but with a modernized design. The new styles of bay windows are sleek and minimalist, with bold frames and a contemporary square or rectangular shape.
Shop the Best Modern Window Treatments at Duby’s
At Duby’s, we stock tons of different options for windows, window treatments, and everything else you’ll need to make your next home renovation a success. Come visit us in Amherstburg today to pick out the best windows to fit your space.