Best Window Styles to Complement Your Architecture

Stephanie Vanderbilt
Updated November 15, 2016
Add to your home's curb appeal by selecting the best windows to complement your architecture. (Photo by Angie's List member Ely W.)

When you're upgrading your exterior, the architecture of your home can make a big impact on your choice for new replacement windows.

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Home windows are available in an extensive selection of shapes, styles and decorative options, including grids and decorative glass. While new residential windows can make an impact on any architecture, you can take your curb appeal to the next level by choosing window styles that perfectly complement your home style.

Below is a list of some of the best windows for Tudor, Craftsman and Contemporary homes. 

Best windows for Tudor homes

The Tudor is an intriguing home style that looks as if it came from a fairytale storybook. A Tudor home generally features a steeply pitched roofline and decorative half-timbering on the exterior. These homes come in a variety of sizes and often contain doors that are made of wood boards. Many Tudors boast medieval inspired characteristics, such as intricate door hardware.

Tudor homes are quite flexible in terms of choosing window style. Casement windows can beautifully complement this home style, and they’re a great alternative to the classic double hung. Casement windows open at the hinge with a crank out handle, and you can add a true Tudor look and feel by adding diamond grids or geometric decorative glass options. Stick to dark color options for your framing to achieve the classic Tudor appearance. 

Best windows for Craftsman homes

Craftsman homes offer a charming architectural style that features low-pitched or gabled roofs. Their overhanging eaves typically cover a large front porch, and they feature a mix of exterior materials including stone, wood, vinyl and more. On the interior of a Craftsman home, you’ll typically find exposed beams, open floor plans and more natural materials that are carried over from the exterior of the home.

When you look at a Craftsman home, you’ll often find windows that are grouped in twos and threes. These windows are often double hung windows with decorative details such as grids. However, casement windows also work well with this home. Stylistic details play a big role in the Craftsman home, so don’t forget to include decorative features with your windows. 

Best windows for contemporary homes

Contemporary homes are vastly different than Tudor and Craftsman style, but this style is perfect for those who love sunlight and want an extensive view of the outdoors. Contemporary homes typically feature a lot of glass— which ultimately means these homes have many windows.

You’ll find that some contemporary homes feature floor-to-ceiling windows, which are typically large picture windows. Although these windows are fixed, they offer uninterrupted views of the outdoors and brighten the home without spending a cent on electricity. Other excellent window options for these homes include slider windows, geometric windows and even sliding glass doors

Have questions about what windows will go best with your home's style? Comment below! 

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