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Kitchen Decor: Exploring Window Options For Your Kitchen Space | Golden Windows

There’s a reason the kitchen is often considered the heart of the home. For many families, it’s the place where they gather to discuss their days, cook meals together, and spend quality family time. How your kitchen feels and functions plays an important role in those moments.

Think about the elements in your kitchen that serve multiple purposes, including one that can sometimes be overlooked — your windows. A well-placed window in your kitchen space not only invites natural light to brighten up your kitchen but also facilitates ventilation and can help showcase the beautiful views around the exterior of your home.

Think about when the sun brightens up your kitchen in the morning as you’re enjoying your coffee or sharing a meal around your breakfast nook under your bay window. Whatever your set-up may be, your windows should be contributing to the ambiance of the space and enhancing its practicality.

In this guide, we’ll take a closer look at what it means to elevate a kitchen with new, upgraded windows. We’ll learn about the different window styles available, including materials and treatments, and why it’s important to buy quality windows — exploring how each element can contribute to enhancing your kitchen's decor and functionality.

Whether you're renovating your kitchen or simply looking for inspiration, the right window design and trusted suppliers can make all the difference.

Choosing the Right Window Style

Before you can envision the final product, you need to choose a window style for your kitchen. This means understanding the features and amenities that will bring out the best in your space.

What to Consider

Natural Light Requirements

Embracing more natural light is one of the most important parts of home transformations, no matter how large or small. How much natural light your kitchen can accept is essential in deciding which window style will suit your space.

When selecting window styles, consider the kitchen's layout and the direction it faces to maximize sunlight exposure. Larger windows or combinations of windows like bay windows or picture windows are ideal for bringing in ample natural light. Skylights or casement windows above the kitchen sink can also flood the kitchen with sunlight throughout the day.

Ventilation Needs

Kitchens are multipurpose spaces, which means cooking odours, moisture, and allergens accumulate there. To prevent these elements from lingering, look at window styles like awning or casement. Both open to the exterior of the home, allowing fresh air to enter and stale air to exit.

Consider including window screens or vents to allow for ventilation without letting insects or debris enter your home.

Design Compatibility

You’ve considered functionality, now it’s time to look at the aesthetics of your kitchen space. The window style you choose should complement the area and feel cohesive with the architecture. Traditional kitchens, for example, often look best with classic styles like double-hung windows, while in modern kitchens, sleek and minimalist window designs like sliding windows or picture windows can create a clean and contemporary look.

In addition to the style itself, pay close attention to the material and finish when installing kitchen windows to ensure they make sense with the rest of the features, from the cabinetry to the countertops and backsplash.

Kitchen Casement Window Above Sink

Popular Window Styles

In your journey to find the perfect window style, you’ve likely been overwhelmed by the number of choices at your disposal. Golden Windows can help you narrow down your selection by taking a look at our top-performing window styles and their benefits in kitchen spaces.

1. Awning Windows

Awning windows are known for providing great ventilation while simultaneously keeping rain out. This style is ideal above sinks or countertops since it allows for airflow and natural light without blocking your workspace.

GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series Awning Window:

  • Select from 4 available colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours are available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Brickmould: closed option available and easier cut off fin
  • Pre-primed jamb extension
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger-sized windows
  • Standard hardware or upgrade to the Encore™ hardware system
  • Easy-to-install screens
  • Increased energy performance
  • Greater acoustic insulation for some types of traffic noise

GoldenClad® 1000 Series Awning Window:

  • Select from 4 available colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours are available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • 4 different Low E glazing options, all include Argon gas
  • Standard hardware or upgrade to the Encore™ hardware system
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Choose from Colonial, Victorian, Muskoka and Custom Grille Patterns
  • Exterior Brickmould and sill nosing are available
  • White, Black, Coppertone or Wood Grain screens are available

2.  Single or Double Hung Windows

Single or Double Hung windows are known for their versatility and space-saving capabilities, and they are suitable for kitchens with limited wall space.

GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series Single Hung Window

  • Select from 4 standard colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Brickmould: closed option available and easier cut off fin
  • Increased jamb depth to 4 5/8” frame
  • Pre-primed jamb extension
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger sized windows
  • Easy-to-install screens
  • Increased energy performance
  • Greater acoustic insulation for some types of traffic noise

GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series Double Hung Window

  • Select from 4 standard colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Brickmould: closed option available and easier cut off fin
  • Increased jamb depth to 4 5/8” frame
  • Pre-primed jamb extension
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger sized windows
  • Easy-to-install screens
  • Increased energy performance
  • Greater acoustic insulation for some types of traffic noise

GoldenClad® Double Hung Window

  • Select from 4 standard colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Exterior brickmould and sill nosing are available
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger sized windows
  • Cottage style available with smaller upper sash and a larger lower sash with an optional interior wood jamb liner insert
  • Jamb liners available in white, grey or a split colour to match the exterior of the window

3.  Casement Windows

Casement windows are operable windows that offer unobstructed views and excellent ventilation when fully opened. At Golden Windows, we’re known for our well-crafted casement styles, including:

GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series Casement Window

  • Select from 4 available colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Brickmould: closed option available and easier cut off fin
  • Increased jamb depth to 4 5/8” frame
  • Pre-primed jamb extension
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger-sized windows
  • Standard hardware or upgrade to the Encore™ hardware system
  • Easy-to-install screens
  • Increased energy performance
  • Greater acoustic insulation for some types of traffic noise

GoldenClad® Casement Windows

  • Select from 4 available colours: white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • 3 standard and 2 optional hardware finishes to choose from
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass, removable wood grilles and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Choose from Colonial, Victorian, Muskoka and Custom Grille Patterns
  • Exterior Brickmould and sill nosing are standard
  • White, Black, Coppertone or wood grain screens available

Black Vinyl Interior Casement Windows in Kitchen

4.  Sliding Windows

Slider windows are easy to operate and maintain, making them suitable for modern kitchen designs. Discover the slider window selections available at Golden Windows.

GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series Single Slider Window

  • Select from 4 available colours; white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours are available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Brickmould: closed option available and easier cut off fin
  • Increased jamb depth to 4 5/8” frame
  • Pre-primed jamb extension
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger-sized windows
  • Easy-to-install screens
  • Increased energy performance
  • Greater acoustic insulation for some types of traffic noise

GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series Double Slider Window

  • Select from 4 standard colours; white, black, sable, taupe
  • 30 Optional and custom colours are available
  • Available in dual and triple glaze
  • Multiple grille options, including grilles between the glass and simulated divided lights (SDL)
  • Brickmould: closed option available and easier cut off fin
  • Increased jamb depth to 4 5/8” frame
  • Pre-primed jamb extension
  • Hidden steel reinforcement for larger sized windows
  • Easy-to-install screens
  • Increased energy performance
  • Greater acoustic insulation for some types of traffic noise

5.  Bay Windows

Bay windows are three or more sided windows that protrude from the exterior wall of a home at 30° or 45°. Enjoy a beautiful wood interior with the advantage of having a virtually maintenance free extruded aluminum clad exterior.  The purpose of installing bay windows is to allow more light into a room, the curved design of a bay window allows daylight to stream in around both sides of the window frame, as well as from overhead. Created by joining multiple windows together to create a curved shape. In essence, a bow window is simply a bay window that is semi-circular.

Bow windows are great for letting sunlight in and depending on their height and depth, bow windows can dramatically increase the size of a room, giving an illusion of loftiness. Bow windows also provide the ideal shelf space for planters and create the idyllic atmosphere for a breakfast nook or afternoon reading area.

Bay & Bow windows are constructed using basic casement, single and double hung and picture windows and can be created using GoldenClad®, GoldenWood® or GoldenVinyl® 1000 Series products.

Window Materials and Finishes

The materials and finishes you select for your kitchen design are an important part of the finished product. Knowing your options is the first step.

Your Window Material Options

1.  Wood

Wood windows add warmth and charm to kitchen spaces and can be painted or stained to match the interior decor. While it offers a lot of customizations, wood also requires regular maintenance to prevent warping or rotting.

2.  Vinyl

Vinyl windows are a popular choice for kitchens in North America thanks to their affordability, low maintenance, and energy efficiency. They also offer excellent moisture resistance and insulation for homes in humid climates.

3.  Aluminum

Aluminum windows are lightweight, durable, and corrosion resistant. They offer minimal sightlines and are available in a range of finishes, which means they can be customized to fit modern kitchen designs.

How Material Choices Impact Your Kitchen

Your choice of window material can significantly impact the overall look and feel of your kitchen:

Style Compatibility: Consider the architectural style of your kitchen and choose materials that complement the current design.

Durability and Maintenance: Understanding the maintenance requirements of each available material will help ensure that you select one that you can upkeep regularly.

Energy Efficiency: Pay attention to the energy efficiency ratings of window materials. Insulated vinyl or fiberglass frames with low-E glass can help reduce heat loss and improve safety and comfort.

Choosing the Right Finishes

The right window finishes can help enhance the durability and style of the windows you select.

Painted Finishes: Go for factory-applied painted finishes for a uniform and durable colour that complements your kitchen's colour palette.

Stained Finishes: If you prefer the natural beauty of wood, choose stained finishes that showcase the grain pattern while protecting against moisture and UV damage.

Hardware and Accessories: Choose window hardware and accessories (such as handles, locks, and grilles) that blend with your kitchen's style, allowing for continuity and cohesion across the design.

Maximizing Views and Natural Light

Utilizing Views in the Kitchen

One of the main benefits of well-placed windows in the kitchen is the opportunity to maximize the views around you.

By positioning windows in the correct places, such as above sinks or along breakfast nooks, you can create focal points that draw the eye outside, connecting the kitchen with the landscape and views around you. By integrating your indoor and outdoor space in this way, you’re not only adding aesthetic value but also making your kitchen feel more spacious and open.

Tips for Enhancing Airflow

1.  Window Placement

Where you place your windows is essential in a kitchen design, whether you’re renovating the space or building from scratch. Think about where you cook in your space. Placing windows near your cooking areas or opposite can help create a cross-breeze. Consider windows at different heights to help create better air circulation throughout the space.

2.  Consideration of Cross-Ventilation

Cross-ventilation is a valuable tool that can help create pathways for air to flow through the space, eliminating cooking odours and keeping the kitchen fresh and clean. Consider opening windows on opposite walls or sides of the kitchen to improve ventilation.

3.  Use of Ventilation Enhancements (e.g., screens, awnings)

Adding features such as window screens or awnings can help enhance ventilation without compromising on insect protection or weather resistance. Screens allow fresh air to enter the kitchen while keeping pests and debris out, while awnings offer shade and protection from direct sunlight. This means you can keep your windows open even when there’s light rain outside.

Consider Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency is one of the most important factors to consider when selecting windows for kitchens. Opting for energy efficient windows can help lower utility bills and improve comfort inside the home.

High-Performance Glass: Choose windows with low-emissivity (low-E) coatings to reduce heat transfer and minimize UV rays while still allowing natural light to enter the home.

Dual or Triple Glaze: Each option provides excellent insulation, reducing heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer.

Weatherstripping: Ensure windows are properly sealed with weather stripping to prevent air leakage.

Black Vinyl Kitchen Windows and Beautiful Dining View of Water

Elevate Your Dining Room with Golden Windows

Since 1961, Golden Windows has been helping homeowners and home builders elevate their spaces with quality-made window designs. When it comes to transforming your dining room, we offer a range of window styles to suit every aesthetic and lifestyle.

Our skilled craftsman knows what it takes to combine design, safety, and functionality — for window styles that take every room in your home to the next level. Experience the benefits of our energy-efficient windows with trusted ISO 9001 certifications, and learn what it takes to keep your windows in peak condition with insights and advice from our team.

Ready to make your dining room look its best? Contact our team of experts today for a consultation and learn more about our services and styles.

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