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If new windows are in your future, you've come to the right place. In the slides that follow, you'll find more than a dozen links to information on different window topics, covering everything from window walls to energy efficiency. View photos, discover tips, and gain confidence for your next window-purchasing experience.

Entry Door Windows

A well-designed entryway makes a positive first impression and reveals the tone of the rest of the house. From sidelights to transoms, windows serve an important role in entryways, providing views, light, and architectural character.

Bay Windows

Bay windows offer many advantages, such as stunning views, natural light, window seats in cozy alcoves, connections between indoors and out, and extra storage and floor space.

Dormer Windows

If your home's exterior suffers from an expansive block of roofing, consider breaking it up by adding dormer windows. Dormer windows can be used to balance your home's exterior elements, bring attention to certain areas of the facade, and add height and light to your home's interior.

Skylights and High Windows

Skylights, transoms, and other high windows are great ways to add natural light to a room without sacrificing privacy and wall or storage space. Skylights can be used to show off a ceiling's striking pitch, bring the outdoors in, and offer sky and treetop views. Additionally, if operable, high windows can provide a valuable source of ventilation.

Clerestory Windows

Usually located below one roof and above another, clerestory windows serve many functions. They define rooflines, bring light into spaces without compromising privacy and wall space, highlight certain architectural details or areas of the ceiling, and offer views of passing clouds. Here, clerestory windows flood the kitchen with natural light, ensure ample wall space for storage, and maintain the integrity of the home's exterior.

Window Walls

If maximizing views and light is your goal, how better to accomplish it than with a floor-to-ceiling wall of glass? Window walls offer the airy openness of a sunroom and connect indoors and out.

This slideshow offers examples of rooms that maintain a warm feel despite all the glass. It also provides tips for melding traditional designs with modern window walls through combinations of trimwork and glass.

Contemporary Windows

The clean lines and open spaces of modern architecture call for windows with a contemporary edge. Thanks to new technology that provides both style and energy efficiency, modern window design is limited only by the imagination.

Stained-Glass Windows

Stained glass is an easy way to bring character and color to a neutral room and admit light without surrendering privacy. This home's classic Victorian detailing is strongest in the foyer, where stained glass holds court with a grand staircase.


Distinctive Windows

This discussion of distinctive windows offers a broad range of ideas for making windows a focal point of your home.

Learn how shape, proportion, arrangement, trimwork, and grillework can be used to design windows that match your unique style. View photos of rooms that have been transformed with new windows, from classical to modern and everything in between.

Unusual Window Shapes

From squares to circles and arches to keyholes, windows come in all shapes and sizes. A beautifully shaped window can be a work of art and can be designed to match a certain historical style.

See unusual window shapes that emphasize architectural details and repeat themes found throughout the room. Also, get tips for appropriately sizing windows and adding decorative grillework.

Custom Windows

Perhaps you want the windows in your home to make a specific architectural statement. Or maybe your windows need to match the level of trim and detail seen elsewhere in your home. If so, custom windows may be for you.

Energy-Efficient Windows

Replacing old windows with more efficient options is one way to significantly reduce your utility costs. Learn about our top picks for new energy-efficient windows from leading manufacturers such as Andersen, JELD-WEN, Marvin, and Pella. With a wide variety of styles and materials, you're sure to find a good match for your home.

See photos of double-hung, casement, and replacement windows clad in vinyl, wood, and fiberglass composite. Learn about low-E glass, glazing options, and environmentally friendly materials. Manufacturer information is included.

Window Treatment Styles

A discussion of windows wouldn't be complete without considering window treatments. There are many styles to choose from. The best window treatments offer privacy and light control, and they add fluidity and softness to a room's hard edges.

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