It’s been said that eyes are the window to the soul, but did you know that windows can be eyes into the soul of a house? Think about it.
Windows let the light in; they let in the breeze. Windows allow you to see the world outside, and they allow your friends and family to catch a glimpse of what makes your home uniquely yours.
So, when it comes to new windows, it all matters—the product, the placement, the cost, the installer, and the style. This is true of farmhouse windows too.
The American Farmhouse Gets a Makeover
So before we talk windows, let’s talk houses. One house style that is currently very popular is the American Farmhouse.
The American Farmhouse style first emerged in the Midwest in the middle of the nineteenth century. Architectural characteristics of the traditional farmhouse include an asymmetrical structure with a front gable, one-and-a-half or two stories, a porch, an open floor plan, and simple detailing and design elements.
It’s important to note, though, that today’s homeowners have multiple options when building or buying a farmhouse. Be sure to do your research so you can find the one you like best.
Traditional American Farmhouse Window Options
The windows of an American Farmhouse have their own defining characteristics—they’re typically double-hung windows that are taller than they are wide. However, you can find farmhouse homes with single-hung or casement windows too.
What’s the difference? Good question.
- Single-hung windows open upward and have only one movable part.
- Double-hung windows also open upward but have two moveable parts, and both sashes (panes of glass) can be opened. While sometimes more expensive, double-hung windows are usually easier to clean and offer better ventilation.
- Casement windows open outward and offer lots of functionality. One example—they are great for small spaces.
What If I Want More Traditional Windows?
Windows that match the style of a traditional farmhouse will be simple and likely neutral in color. A casement window is a fitting design for those who are traditional or classic at heart. But casement windows also come with a paneled look for folks who like a more modern feel.
What If I Want a More Modern Window Style?
Contemporary farmhouses feature numerous large windows to bring in added light and expand your view. Modern farmhouse windows might boast sleek glass, metal hardware, and a bold color choice.
What If I Want Something in Between?
If you don’t want to choose between the rustic appeal and a more current look, there’s something of a fusion—called a transitional farmhouse—that might be right for you.
No matter which of these specific styles you pick for your farmhouse, your windows should have a similar architectural design to complement your home’s overall aesthetic.
How Do I Decide?
What window style fits your personality? What style fits the rest of the house? What fits the area—both now and perhaps down the road if you want to sell?
Before you decide on a favorite, you’ll want to spend a little time learning more about window styles and seeing examples of available options.
Regardless of the direction you decide to go, your farmhouse should have windows that are taller than they are wide—and today’s farmhouse will probably include accent windows for patios and doorways.
Add a Modern Touch With Colorful Window Frames
Even though most American Farmhouses feature a neutral paint palette inside and out, the big trend with windows is to add a dash of color.
The most popular pick right now is to go with black windows on a white house, adding a dramatic flair that sets the home apart from its neighbors.
This color contrast makes a smart, refined statement that is perfect for those who want to fuse something fresh with the rustic heritage of the farmhouse architecture.
Once you have settled on the style that is right for you, it’s time to choose a product that meets your needs. Kelly Window and Door installs Sunrise Windows, Restoration Windows and ProVia Aeris Wood Windows. All our products are backed by a warranty and installed by professionals so you can feel good about your decision.
Feel Confident About Your American Farmhouse’s New Windows
When it comes to making any considered purchase, confidence matters. It often helps to know what other people think about buying from a company before you take the next step. Whenever you’re ready to upgrade the windows on your existing home or install new windows on a Raleigh-area build, we’re here to help find the style that you like best.