11 Stylish Types of Kitchen Windows to Brighten Up Your Cooking Space

Bry'Ana Arvie
Written by Bry'Ana Arvie
Updated February 22, 2022
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For most homeowners, the kitchen is one of the areas in your home where you spend the most time. So, ensuring that everything from the countertop to the window sparks joy is a top priority. Whether you’re looking to replace your current ones, remodel your kitchen, or want some kitchen window design inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Read on to explore the different styles of kitchen windows to highlight your cooking space's natural charm.

1. Sliding Windows

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Sliding windows move side to side via a track that, you guessed it, slides. Their design makes it easy for you to open and close it when you’re ready for a little fresh air. Sliding windows also give you control over the air circulation in your home while letting in natural light and, of course, giving you a nice view of the outdoors. Because of their size, they are perfect over-the-sink or over-the-counter windows. 

2. Picture Windows

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If you’re not worried about cleaning up paws and fingerprints and you have a fantastic view that’d be a shame to hide behind drywall, a picture window is a good choice. While these don’t open up to allow for fresh air, the view and natural light it can provide make up for that. Plus, picture windows come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, so you can likely find one that works well in your kitchen. 

3. Windows With Unique Treatments

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While it’s not exactly a type of window, kitchen window treatments like window shades, drapes, and blinds, can transform your cooking and dining space. Window treatments help control your kitchen's atmosphere and natural light while getting the privacy that windows alone lack. 

4. Bow or Bay Windows

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Bow or bay windows add a little charm to your kitchen. These windows extend outside your kitchen walls with three or more windows—two at least at a curve. You can get bay or bow windows in various styles and use them as a breakfast nook or a place to hold decor. They also offer a sunny spot for cats and houseplants to bathe in UV rays.  

5. Pass-Through Windows

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A pass-through window is an excellent option for outdoor gatherings when your kitchen is directly attached to your patio, deck, or outdoor kitchen space. You can easily pass the utensils or food to everyone outside without leaving your kitchen.

6. Awning Windows

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Awning windows have a hinged top that opens outward and are perfect for homeowners that get a lot of rainfall but still want to enjoy natural light. Also, because of their design, you can easily open the window while it’s raining and treat yourself to a fresh breeze.

7. Clerestory Windows

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Clerestory windows are windows installed above eye level, letting in more natural light that’s not as harsh as eye-level windows experience. If you’re looking for a window that can brighten up your kitchen and make it feel more open and welcoming, these windows might be right for you. Also, depending on its design, your clerestory window has the potential to let air circulate throughout your kitchen.  

8. Garden Windows

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While bay or bow windows can let some sunlight in to help your plants grow, a garden window is worth considering if your real goal is to get natural light for your kitchen and plants. These windows work as tiny greenhouses in your kitchen with solar energy coming in from the sides and top through the glass, and fresh air from the side panels. Bonus: these windows can help warm up your kitchen.

9. Double-Hung Windows

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As one of the most popular windows, double-hung windows allow for air to circulate and natural light to shine throughout your kitchen. You can open the top or bottom for more airflow, and they’re also easy to operate.

10. Casement Windows

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Casement windows use a crank to let you control how much airflow is circulating throughout your home. They’re also great for letting in sunlight and make a perfect addition over countertops or kitchen sinks. 

11. Arched Windows

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Arched windows are great focal points that bring extra sunlight compared to their traditional square counterparts. If you want to add a little privacy, you can hang curtains on your arched window and still enjoy the brightness from its rounded top. Whether you’re using an entire arched window or only the top portion, you can add a little architectural detail to your space.

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