Windows; they’re an essential element to any home. They provide crucial natural light, airflow, breeze, views and connect us with the outdoors. Moreover, they are highly economical, significantly reducing our dependence on air conditioning, fans, and lighting, cutting back electricity usage.
Whether you’re renovating or building a new home, choosing windows is one of the most significant decisions in the entire process. Windows need to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and most importantly, need to fit the room.
At Ross’s Discount Home Centre, we’re the go-to source for quality windows in Perth. We’re exclusive stockists for Jason Windows, WA’s leading window and doors suppliers, and have been supplying quality renovation products to residents of Perth since 1973. Thus, with almost 50 years under our belt, we know a thing or two about windows and the considerations when choosing them.
If you’re in the process of renovating your home or building a new home in Perth, you’ll want to read this article. Today, we take an in-depth look at windows and everything you need to consider when choosing the perfect window for each room of your home.
Before we get started, though, be sure to familiarise yourself with the types of windows by reading my earlier article, The Ultimate Sliding Doors And Windows Buying Guide. Once you’ve finished reading about the types of windows, jump back to this article to continue reading.
Choosing the Right Window for Each Room
Now that you have a good understanding of the types of windows available, you need to apply these to each room of your home. Getting this right is essential – once you confirm your order, it will be costly to make changes, and once your install your windows, you will have to live with your decisions for at least 15 years, so no pressure!!
Choosing bedroom windows presents many options. The key is choosing the right windows for your bedroom. The critical considerations for bedroom windows are privacy, the amount of natural light, and the placement of the windows.
Your bedroom is a private room. You don’t want to have to close your blinds everything you want to get changed to block out the neighbours. Thus, if privacy is of concern to you, consider a narrow horizontal window, such as an 1800 mm wide by 600 mm wide window, that you can install at or above head height to provide maximum privacy.
Narrow windows installed horizontally at or above head height are ideal for bedrooms as they tick the three critical considerations. They are great for privacy, offer great natural light, and importantly, they won’t interfere with your bedroom configuration. You can move your bed, bedside tables etc., without running into any problems caused by window placement.
Narrow verticle windows installed at each bedside are another popular option for bedrooms. However, they don’t offer the same level of privacy as narrow horizontal windows. Furthermore, they define a bedroom’s configuration, inhibiting you from moving your bed to another wall in the future.
Type Of Windows For Bedrooms
In terms of the type of windows for bedrooms, sliding windows are the number one choice. They allow excellent airflow control and are the most economical. Louvres are another great choice and are very much on-trend right now and. However, they’re at the higher end of the spectrum in terms of cost. Double-hung windows are also a good choice, particularly if you opt for narrow verticle windows.
Recommended options for bedrooms include:
Choosing bathroom windows also presents various options. Choosing the right windows for your bathroom is key. The critical considerations for bathroom windows are privacy, the amount of natural light, and ventilation.
Like the bedroom, a bathroom is a private place, and privacy should be the driving force when choosing bathroom windows. You obviously don’t want anyone peering through the window looking in on you whilst in the bathroom. Thus, there are two primary options to consider:
- A narrow horizontal window, installed at or above head height
- A window with frosted or translucent glass
Both of these windows are suitable options for bathrooms. Both provide light and privacy, which you choose will depend on your bathroom configuration.
Type Of Windows For Bathrooms
The most common types of windows for bathrooms are sliding windows, purely because they tick all the right boxes in terms of the. They’re affordable, offer excellent ventilation, and are available with frosted/translucent glass options. For a more luxurious look, opt for louvre windows. Narrow louvres installed horizontally or vertically always look grand are very much on-trend with current bathroom designs.
Recommended options for bathrooms include:
Living Room / Lounge Room Windows
There’s no shortage of options when choosing living room/lounge room windows; however, more commonly than not, they won’t have windows. Instead, living rooms/lounge rooms typically feature large glass sliding doors, stacking doors, or bi-fold doors. The reason for this is that doors offer maximum natural light and provide essential outdoor access.
However, there is nothing wrong with having windows and doors to further increase the rooms’ natural light, ventilation, and design aesthetics. In such instances, the key considerations will be the amount of natural light, ventilation and window placement.
If your lounge room is dark, even with a glass sliding door, a large window to maximise light. If, however, your lounge room is already light, and your reasoning for adding a window is aesthetics, then you’ll want to base your decision on the window design and placement.
Be mindful of the position of your windows in relation to your television. If you place windows parallel to your television, it will reflect on the television screen.
Type Of Windows For Living/Lounge Rooms
In terms of the type of windows for lounge rooms, the sky’s the limit. You can choose any window you like. Sliding windows are always a solid choice due to their ventilation and cost-effectiveness. However, casement windows and louvre windows are the most striking and will certainly add a more high-end feel to your home.
Recommended options living rooms/lounges room include:
- Sliding Windows
- Double Sliding Windows
- Casement windows
- Awning windows
- Louvre windows
- Double-hung windows
Choosing the right kitchen window can be tricky. The key to selecting the right windows for your kitchen is practicality – ventilation may also be a consideration point.
Modern homes of today are open plan. As such, many kitchens won’t have the need for a window at all. However, they still have a place in kitchens and can add practicality, convenience and design aesthetics.
Most commonly, kitchen windows are added over the sink or as a splashback. Added over the sink, they can provide access to the outdoors and excellent ventilation. Window splashbacks are growing in popularity and are a tending option for modern homes.
Type Of Windows For Kitchens
The most popular windows for kitchens are awning windows, bi-fold windows and fixed windows. Awning and bi-fold windows are perfect over the sink, especially if your kitchen looks onto your patio or deck. They connect you to your outdoor living space and can add real value to your home. If, however, you’re installing a kitchen window as a splashback, then a fixed window is ideal.
Recommended options for kitchens include:
- Awning Windows
- Bi-fold windows
- Fixed windows
Choosing laundry windows is fairly straightforward as there aren’t that many options. Providing the window offers natural light and ventilation; you’re on the right track. Laundry windows are usually installed next to the door that leads to the clothesline, which doesn’t leave much space to worrying about what size and shape window to choose.
A 600mm wide by 900mm high window is fairly standard and, in most cases, will be ideal.
Type Of Windows For Laundry Rooms
There are really just two options in terms of the type of windows for laundry rooms: siding windows or louvre windows. Both provide natural light and ventilation and are suitable for small windows. The deciding factor will be your budget or the level of finish you want to achieve. As mentioned, sliding windows and louvres are at polar ends of the cost spectrum, louvres being the most expensive of the two.
Recommended options laundry rooms include:
Dining Room Windows
As open-plan living takes centre stage, having a separate dining room is becoming a thing of the past. However, they do exist, and those that do need windows.
The key is choosing the right windows for a dining room is natural light. You want to maximise the amount of natural light by choosing large windows that offer as much light as possible. Ventilation is also important and should be a consideration in the selection process.
Type Of Windows For Dining Rooms
In terms of the type of windows for dining rooms, there are two main options at hand. The most popular option being traditional sliding windows. You can get them in large sizes, and they offer great ventilation. The other, more luxurious option would be casement windows – they are far more modern in design and will add a real grandness to the space.
Recommended options for dining rooms include:
Choosing an entrance window is made relatively easy due to the limitation of considerations and suitable options. The critical concerns for entrance windows are the amount of natural light and security.
In many cases, an entrance won’t have a window at all. It may be too small and narrow for a widow, which is absolutely fine. However, if you have a grand entrance or an entrance wide enough to house an entrance door and a window, a window will add to the grandness of your entry, and make what could otherwise be a dark space, appear much lighter and more welcoming.
The best area to install an entrance window is alongside the door, like a sidelight – floor to ceiling. Doing so will ensure maximum natural light.
Type Of Windows For Entrances
There are two preferred options in terms of the type of windows for entrances – a fixed window or a louvre window. Both are great options. One provides more security, while the other looks much more modern and high-end.
If security is your driving consideration, opt for a fixed window. However, if you’re more concerned with aesthetics, you can’t go past a louvre window. However, there is a significant price difference between the two. Fixed windows are the cheapest of all windows, while louvres are amongst the most expensive.
Recommended options for entrances include:
- Fixed Windows
- Louvre Windows
Choosing windows for a renovation or new home build is one of the most crucial tasks of all. There are many factors to consider. You have to consider the placement, size and shape of the window and how it interacts with the space before choosing the type of window.
While the purpose of any window is to provide natural light, the key considerations will differ based on the room. For example, privacy is a crucial consideration when a bathroom window, while maximising natural light may be a key consideration for choosing a laundry window. Moreover, these key considerations will narrow down the possible types of suitable windows for each room. Thus, it’s essential to incorporate all considerations to determine the right window for each room.
If you’re shopping for windows in Perth or need help determining which window is right for each room of your home, Ross’s Discount Home Centre can help! We have an in-store window display so you can see our range in person and have sales representatives that are only too happy to assist in your window selection process.
You can view a selection of our range online via our Doors & Windows category and place a Special Order for one of the many other types of windows available in the extensive Jason Windows range.