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Top 10 window styles for a modern home

No house is complete without windows. There are of course the very obvious reasons for this – they let in light and fresh air, allow us to see the great outdoors and provide security against the weather and burglars.

Windows are however also a very important design feature. They have a significant influence on the overall look of a property and can easily boost its aesthetic appeal. If you’re looking for new ways to give your home a boost, below are 10 top window styles for modern houses.

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Bay windows project from the external wall and look beautiful in any home. They’re great for creating space and maximising the light that enters a room.

The last thing you want to do when you have bay windows is cover them up with curtains. A great alternative is solid shutters. Because they’re attached to the actual window rather than the wall, you don’t have to worry about them covering up your beautiful windows or making the room seem smaller.


Also known as a sash window, this type of window frame is common in older homes. Two glass panes move up or down within the frame, allowing you to open your window from either the top or bottom. They’re great for letting in plenty of fresh air but be cautious opening them from the bottom if you have young children or pets.


Commonly found in modern homes, this style of window is hinged on the side and swings out like a door. They’re ideal if you have beautiful views from your home as they provide no obstructions but if you like your privacy, an addition such as solid shutters can allow you to enjoy the best of both worlds.

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This type of window frame is manually rotated and can be opened by degrees to control how much air or light enters a room.


The most common and safest option for decks and walkways, sliding windows are typically available in single, double and multi-opening panels.


Bi-fold frames are great for both windows and doors and are perfect for indoor areas of the house. They seamlessly merge one area with another (such as a conservatory for example) which means that you can have them open if you want one big living space or close them off when needed such as when you don’t want sound to travel through the house.

Sky light

Sky lights are perfect for small rooms where you can’t have large windows, attic rooms or areas of the house which could benefit from getting more light. You can find out more by visiting: https://www.energy.gov/energysaver/design/windows-doors-and-skylights/skylights

Picture window

Also known as a fixed window, this style consists of one pane of glass which cannot be opened. It’s great for letting in light and not the elements.


Geometric windows come in a variety of shapes and can be customised to fit your space and design. With so many options and configurations, geometric windows add a special touch to your home. Because they can’t be opened, they’re incredibly energy efficient and allow you to enjoy views of the outside world without expending unnecessary energy.


Placed high on the wall and hinged at the top so it opens at a horizontal angle, awnings are designed to provide natural light while maintaining privacy.

Now you’ve chosen your ideal window frame, here are some beautiful window dressing ideas to help you get perfect the look from Ideal Home: https://www.idealhome.co.uk/diy-and-decorating/7-beautiful-ways-to-dress-windows-1-73913

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