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Choosing the right windows for the right room

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If you’re looking to replace your home’s windows but are looking around for ideas, watch out — there’s a whole lot of information out there. Different terminology, aggressive marketing and hundreds of companies providing much the same service can make it tricky to choose who to believe or who to buy from. 

We usually take it for granted, but many of the rooms in a home will have different windows. We usually have fixed ideas of what a bathroom, bedroom or kitchen window should look like, and they’re certainly not the same — from room to room or person to person!

At Britannia, we make all of our own windows and doors in our factory near Clevedon. We hope this means we know our stuff, and that we might be worth listening to even if you’re not looking to buy from us. 

This article is your handy, definitive guide to choosing the right windows for the right room. And before you dive in, take note: we stock bay and bow, casement and flush casement, sash, French and “tilt and turn” windows — so we’ll go into these in depth.

Choosing the right windows for the right room

What are the best kitchen windows?

Funnily enough, kitchens don’t really come with any hard and fast rules about window design. There is one general rule of thumb, however — window size. 

As anyone who’s ever prepared a curry in a jumper can tell you, kitchen smells like to penetrate absorbent fabrics and stay there. And kitchens usually come with a worktop running around the room. As a result, there is usually a limit on the positioning of kitchen windows to the top half of the wall, and to the space that can be comfortably covered by a (mostly) smell-proof blind, rather than a set of fabric curtains. This still leaves plenty of room to manoeuvre, but rules out very large windows like bays and bows or floor-to-ceiling tilt and turns.

The best window for your kitchen, after these considerations, is mostly your choice. In British homes, kitchens usually sit on the ground floor, which can turn some off sash windows — however, most modern sash windows are very secure, so don’t let that put you off. 

The Britannia verdict? We lean towards top or side-hung casement windows for kitchens. They’re easy to open and close and are affordable — it’s often best to leave your statement windows for other rooms.

What are the best bathroom windows?

First off, whichever kind of bathroom window you favour, it should probably have frosted glass to protect your privacy! 

You can generally get a broad variety of designs of translucent glass offering varying levels of privacy, from acid-etched patterns to molten-pressed textured glass. You can also fit decorative glass — a speciality of ours! We stock a broad variety of frosted and decorative glass, which we’re always happy to discuss with potential customers.

Depending on the room, very small or very large windows can do the job and look and feel great. Many old European houses have charmingly small bathrooms with tiny windows, for example, while upmarket British homes allow owners to luxuriate in the bath beneath large frosted panes. 

Based on the room’s size or design you may need to ventilate the space by opening the window, even in winter. Unfortunately, this can rule out large sash or french windows, which can give nosy neighbours a clear sightline into your bathroom! Opening larger windows may put a chill in the air during the winter months, so think on that.

Again, we probably favour a casement window in this case — although you might be interested in tilt and turn windows, which can provide privacy and plenty of ventilation.

What are the best bedroom windows

When it comes to bedrooms, the rules go out of the – well – window. There are hardly any hard and fast principles you have to stick to when you’re choosing your bedroom windows, because of the sheer variety of types of room available. 

You might opt for plain casements, or opt for more romantic, throw-open French windows. Floor-to-ceiling tilt and turn windows can give a modern, almost Scandinavian feel, while sash windows feel sophisticated and can evoke a seaside town. 

Either way, one thing to keep in mind is the appearance of your home from the outside, and its overall aesthetic. While having several different window designs scattered around your home can be brilliant for its liveability, it can look a little higgledy-piggledy from the exterior, especially if you have a fairly “normal-looking” house — the opposite applies if you live in a really isolated, wild place or an architectural oddity, where an overly uniform approach to window design can feel boring! Either way, it’s your call.

What would we go for? It’s hard to say, but sash windows and flush casement windows are both understated options that feel traditional but sleek.

What are the best conservatory windows?

A conservatory isn’t usually a subtle part of a home, so perhaps your choice of windows should reflect this! In this instance, subtle small casements or sash windows don’t really make that much sense, not least because they interrupt the natural floor-to-ceiling effect that a conservatory provides. Small, high-up top-hung casements might be the exception, as they can provide useful background ventilation in all seasons. 

Otherwise, we at Britannia think it’s go big, or go home. Tall tilt and turn windows or large French windows add glamour and versatility to your space, and can really bring the outside into your home in summer, when you can throw them open to their full extent.

Still unsure?

We sympathise — there really is a lot of confusing information out there. If you’re still not quite sure, you can always call us to express an interest and speak about your decision to one of our advisors. 

Otherwise, happy window-shopping!

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