Kitchens are the heart of homes and deserve special attention. For most people, a house that is not quite up to their standards is still livable, as long as the kitchen is to their liking. Getting to design the kitchen you’re going to use is amazing, and should be done with a lot of consideration and creativity.
We’ve rounded up a few ideas that are both modern and classic that will keep you content for more than a few years.
Panoramic Windows—Cook with A Gorgeous View
Some people find joy in cooking, while others don’t. It can get hectic and stressful, especially if you’ve got a big dinner planned. If you find yourself in this precarious situation all too often, panoramic windows are for you!
Panoramic windows, often referred to as picture windows, feature a wide expanse of fixed glass that showcases the landscape outdoors. The bigger they are, the better you can enjoy the view.
It would of course help if you choose to live in a picturesque spot. That would really make the design worth it. But even without less than a perfect view, the natural light these windows allow will make your kitchen brighter, boosting your serotonin levels and improving your overall mood while working in the kitchen.
Create A Cozy Nook with A Bay or Bow Window
For a lot of families, kitchens are a favorite family spot. They’re where you start your day, even if it’s just with instant coffee, and it’s where you end it, gathered with your family, after a long day.
If you’ve got the space or are still in the construction phase of your house, build a bay or bow window. You can incorporate a seating area in the extra curved space, add a small table, and a few stools, and you’ve got yourself the perfect breakfast nook.
If you have small kids right now, having this spot in the kitchen will be perfect to watch them while you work. Using the ample amount of natural light, kids can study, play or even nap in this space. And for the many years to come, you can change the upholstery in the seats to give it a new look.
Go for A Dramatic Effect with Arched Windows
If you’re truly looking for something timeless, and have a flair for drama, have some arched windows incorporated into your kitchen’s architecture. Despite Romans being the first to use arched windows in their architecture, they met their true popularity during the Victorian Era and the demand for this classic design hasn’t faded since.
Making higher arches starting from the ceiling will instantly create the illusion of your kitchen being bigger than it actually is. Overall, if you do the rest of the interior accordingly, arched windows can make your kitchen look very aesthetic and regal.
Save Space with A Letterbox Window
Letterbox windows are also called backlash windows and they are truly the most stylish way to go minimalistic. A lot of us may not have a lot of space in our kitchen which is why giving up the cabinet space for a picture window may not be a brilliant idea.
A letterbox window can be installed as a wide expanse of glass—framed or frameless— between the upper cabinets and the counter. This way, you get a lot of natural light in along with a view to enjoy while working.
If you’ve got some eccentricity in you, build your letterbox window as a long aquarium and fill it with beautiful fish; this will bring your whole kitchen to life. Just make sure that there are no stoves near that particular wall.
Invite the Outdoors in With Wide Folding Windows
While gazing out at a beautiful view through picture windows is a treat; being able to feel the fresh breeze on your face and smelling all sorts of earthy scents can make a kitchen your favorite spot in your home
A fixed glass such as the one in a panoramic or backlash window will give you light and a gorgeous view. But being able to fold that glass away will allow you to stimulate all your senses. It’ll be the best indoor-outdoor experience.
Additionally, depending on the space you’ve got outdoors, folding windows will give you access to the counter from the outside, making it a perfect place to lay out refreshments during a party. You can even put up a few tools and create a mini bar!
If you’ve decided on a style, the next thing you need to do is look at your options for energy-efficient windows. We might be able to help you with that. Get in touch with us for a free consultation for your window replacement services in Orange County, CA. We also do custom windows that cater to your personal taste and style.