Kitchen windows play an important role in your home, practically and aesthetically. The right windows create a warm, welcoming and cohesive feel and provide natural light and ventilation while leaving plenty of room for cabinetry and appliances. But how do you know which windows are suitable for your kitchen? Read on.
With so many window styles and sizes available, the right kitchen window choices depend on your kitchen’s design, space, needs and preferences.
Awning windows: Traditional awning windows invite natural light and airflow into your kitchen. A popular choice above the sink, these top-hinged windows can be partially or fully opened and closed via a winder.
Casement windows: Traditional and modern styles meet in this energy-efficient window design. Like hinged doors, casement windows are hinged on the left or right side, swinging outwards to open. This enables garden views and fresh airflow.
Fixed windows:Fixed or picture windows are perfect for showcasing uninterrupted outside views. An energy-efficient choice, they have no moving parts and provide no ventilation but work perfectly alongside operable windows.
Louvre windows:Louvre windows comprise a series of horizontal blades between the frame. A popular choice for kitchens, they provide more consistent natural ventilation than most other styles and are easy to open and close with a small lever handle.
Sliding windows: These classic windows provide elegant styling and great ventilation, working well with most other window styles. A fantastic choice for above the kitchen sink, sliding windows can create an indoor-outdoor experience and double as a servery window to alfresco dining areas.
Bi-fold windows: Also known as concertina or folding windows, bi-fold windows open up completely to create the ultimate indoor-outdoor experience. A versatile, chic alternative to traditional sliding windows, bi-fold windows are perfect for showcasing garden views and using as a servery window for connected outdoor entertaining areas.
WHAT MATTERS MOST IN KITCHEN WINDOWS?
Your kitchen windows should strike a balance between complementing your home’s aesthetic, maximising natural light and ventilation and leaving enough room for kitchen appliances and storage.
Style: Windows play a crucial role in your kitchen’s overall look and feel. Whether your kitchen is sleek and modern or classic and coastal, choose windows that work with your kitchen’s design and colour scheme. Be sure to match your kitchen windows with the other windows throughout your home, especially from the outside, if your kitchen faces the street.
Light: A naturally bright kitchen provides a beautifully warm and welcoming ambience, perfect for cooking and entertaining. Natural light can also help you save on energy bills by eliminating the need for artificial lighting during the day. To maximise natural light, look for windows with a wider glass pane and streamlined frame. If you’re not short on kitchen storage, consider replacing wall cabinets with windows and floating shelves for a modern, open and streamlined look.
Security: For operable windows, look for strong, secure styles that can be locked in position and combined with security screens for added peace of mind.
WHERE SHOULD KITCHEN WINDOWS BE PLACED?
Window placement plays a key role in your kitchen’s functionality, design, ambience and safety.
An enduring choice for window placement is above the sink, allowing you to enjoy the garden or streetscape as you clean up. Depending on your kitchen’s design, other modern window placement ideas include floor-to-ceiling windows next to an island bench, windows as splashbacks and windows to replace wall cabinets or placed on either side of a range hood.
Other window placement factors to consider:
Access: Place operable windows where family members can easily open, close and clean them.
Safety: Avoid placing kitchen windows above cooking surfaces as this can be dangerous and inconvenient.
Height: Kitchen windows are traditionally placed higher than windows in other rooms. Allowing at least 1 metre should leave room for your lower cabinets, benchtops and splashback.
Privacy: While large windows create a light, open space, the bigger the window, the less privacy. If your kitchen is street-facing, higher windows will give you added privacy.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SERVERY WINDOW OPTIONS?
Servery windows enhance the indoor-outdoor entertaining experience while providing a talking point in your home.
These windows run along your kitchen bench. When open, they seamlessly connect your kitchen and outdoor entertaining area, making it easy to pass food and drinks and clean up at the end.
Depending on your space, bi-fold and sliding windows can be fantastic servery windows.
WHAT ARE THE BEST SPLASHBACK WINDOW OPTIONS?
Windows are a practical, stylish and intelligent alternative to traditional glass or tiled splashbacks as they invite natural light and views into your kitchen and create a greater sense of space.
Splashback windows can be fixed or operable, with operable windows allowing extra ventilation and airflow. Speak to your builder, architect or a Bradnam’s consultant to learn more about the best splashback windows for your kitchen.
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