Designing your home is truly an essential part of homeownership. Aside from helping boost your protection against harsh weather, proper home design assists in ensuring you and your family remain comfortable throughout the years. There is a plethora of options you can choose from when designing your property, but the most common and preferred these days is modern home design.
What Is Modern Home Design Really?
In a nutshell, modern design is simple and distinct. From clean lines that emphasize the form of your house to functionality as a house feature, it offers something for every homeowner. “Minimalist” is the keyword, and if you’re a new homeowner trying to achieve a modern design for your own home, these are the elements you should include: clean straight lines, an accent wall, geometric shapes, bold or neutral colors, and exposed wood or stainless steel furniture frames.
Modern design elements can help give your spaces a clean and orderly vibe, and one of the most important elements you should focus on when designing your modern home is your windows. Aside from serving as your shield against the rain, snow and heat, windows contribute a lot to your home’s appearance. They are among the first components people notice when they pass by or visit your home, and that’s why they should complement the overall vibe of your living spaces.
Window Design Ideas for Every Modern Home
As your go-to door and replacement windows contractor in and around Quad Cities, Renewal by Andersen® of Quad Cities can recommend the best window design ideas for your modern home. Some of our recommendations include:
- Using floor-to-ceiling windows that match your doors
What makes windows appear modern or contemporary? This might relate well to the amount of glass in a house compared to solid walls as well as the size of the glass panes. Generally, the more glass you have, the better.
Modern condominiums and apartment buildings, for instance, offer their residents the opportunity to not only have a roof above their heads, but also to maximize their bright, spacious rooms. With floor-to-ceiling windows and glass doors, homeowners can plunge into the life of the big city or be closer to nature with ease. No matter the height of your home’s elevation, you can enjoy panoramic views of the outdoors at any time of the day. Floor-to-ceiling windows also let in a lot of natural light, reducing your dependence on artificial lighting during the day.
One prime example is Jennifer Aniston’s Bel Air estate with its floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the ocean, city and zero-edge pool and spa. At night, you can bask in the tranquility of the illuminated pool while chilling in the living room. The trend today is for window glass that looks as frameless as possible, allowing in plenty of natural light and giving gorgeous, unobstructed views. Light and strong frames, such as Fibrex®, make this possible and are the backbone of many contemporary structures.
- Making the most of roller shades
Bay and bow windows and window seats are the focal points of this modern space designed by Muxin Design. Perfectly capturing the simple, minimalist theme of modern home design, it features mostly neutral colors, such as white and natural light brown. The exposed wood and metal chair stand, black and white ceiling and all-white floors are obvious pieces of contemporary design. Roller shades work very well in this space, not only because they complement the room’s mood, but also because they add an modern organic texture.
Roller shades come in a range of opacities, are easy to use and can provide you with a bit of extra privacy. They can also be completely blacked out, letting you sleep in total darkness. Living up to their name, these shades are on rollers that are typically rolled up with attached pulley systems. They can, however, also come in advanced alternatives that allow you to open and close the blinds with a press of a button.
- Add interesting details with Venetian blinds
This house designed by Axelrod Architects (and photographed by Amit Geron) is the perfect example of a city home with modern influences. The clean lines of the entire structure match that of the Venetian blinds used in almost every corner of the property. This house maximizes the style influence of clean, continuous lines as seen in the bathroom walls, ceiling and even in the outdoor deck. In this type of house setting, you don’t want your window treatments to be too bold. Thus, the windows’ Venetian blinds are the perfect accent: clean-looking and crisp, blending in perfectly with the architecture and airiness of the house.
- Boost charm with round windows
Traditionally, circular or round windows were often used in stained-glass designs, mostly in medieval churches. They were also a common sight in ships, where they acted as portholes for passengers to watch the waves from within. Today, however, they have been incorporated into numerous modern residential and commercial structures in ways that are both beautiful and unexpected.
For example, round windows are installed along the stairway of a modern-influenced farmhouse in Portland. Aside from providing architectural detail and focus, they are also effective at letting in plenty of natural light from every side of the area, maximizing the effects of daylighting. This round master bedroom window overlooking the sea, on the other hand, resembles the portholes of old ships. As much as it’s a functional element that offers great views and abundant light, it’s also an aesthetic component that helps spruce up the room’s appearance from both the inside and out.
- Install skylights to liven up dim spaces
Skylights are probably the most underrated piece of modern home design. Some homeowners are hesitant about installing them for fear of leaks and drafts, but with the right product, placement and installation, these illuminating wonders can reveal the full potential of your modern spaces. For example, this modern hillside home above Sunset Plaza in Los Angeles uses skylights with expansive glasses to let in lots of natural light, making its spaces look more vibrant and airy. From the bathroom and living room to the hallways, skylights help boost the home’s overall appeal.
Some skylights do offer more than just natural lighting, though. Modern innovations have paved way for more functional skylights like this one that transforms into a small rooftop balcony. By simply opening the frame of these VELUX® skylights, you can enjoy maximum ventilation as well as experience a new way to view your outdoors. The skylight comes with an integrated banister that can be moved outward, creating a space to stand and admire the surrounding view.
- Highlight architectural details with tall, slim windows
When installed in the right place, tall, slim windows can enhance both the interior and exterior of your home. Compared to standard window types, they offer more privacy, selective views and natural light. You can also be creative in how you use narrow windows. For instance, you can group multiple narrow windows together, such as those in this terrazzo-covered house in Ho Chi Minh City. When placed near a seating area, these group of windows can even help frame outdoor scenery.
You can find plenty of design ideas for narrow windows in this blog by Contemporist. For example, you can mix narrow windows with other window shapes to come up with dynamic patterns. You can also place narrow windows near staircases to create an interesting light and shadow effect.
The Renewal by Andersen® Difference
If you’re looking to enhance the design of your modern home, start with windows! Aside from your entry doors, your windows are your home’s gates to the outside world: they reflect your personal style and home’s architectural design. They can completely transform the look and feel of your home. Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities is a replacement windows company dedicated to meeting the window needs of every local homeowner, armed with the right products and skill set to provide you with the best option for your unique needs.
What makes us the ideal door and window contractor in the area? We have design specialists who can recommend the ideal window designs for your home. Our double hung, sliding, picture, bay and bow, specialty and casement windows as well as our French and sliding patio doors are all versatile. You can fully customize them, from the style and color to the grille patterns, shape and size, letting you truly achieve the design you desire. Not only are our windows beautiful and functional, they are also completely energy-efficient, thanks to innovative frame and glass features engineered to enhance their thermal performance while keeping harsh elements at bay. What’s more, they are protected by our exclusive warranties to ensure your complete satisfaction and peace of mind!
Want to learn more about our product offerings and services? Get in touch with Renewal by Andersen of Quad Cities today! We’ll be sure to give you the home improvement experience you deserve.