If you’re looking to create a bright, open space in your lounge, kitchen–diner or a downstairs bedroom, bow windows are an ideal choice. As well as letting in lots of natural sunlight and making the room look cosy and welcoming, bow windows serve as a beautiful architectural feature that can be subtly dressed to blend with the style of the home or boldly accented to highlight them as a statement or focal point of the room’s design. Here’s a bit of information about bow windows to help you decide whether they’re a good option for your living space.
Bow vs bay
At first glance, bow windows are very similar in design to bay windows. But the differences between them are distinct, and can help you decide which option would be more suitable for your home. Both styles project from the wall to open up the room and let in plenty of natural light. Bow windows typically feature four or five panes of glass in a rounded design. They are slightly more versatile than bay windows, as they can be installed in the corner of a room to create a wrapped-around window. Bay windows, on the other hand, usually have three panes of glass, and are more angular in shape. Bow windows have a period charm that makes them ideal for Victorian homes (or properties looking for a touch of period elegance), while bay windows tend to suit contemporary homes. Of course, there are no rules when it comes to choosing windows, and both options look amazing in many styles of home!
A bright and airy space
Bow windows are a beautiful option for brightening up your home, and they are also great for ventilation – making the room feel fresh and vibrant. It is common for bow windows to be fitted with casement windows at each end, which can be opened to let the air flow in. Some people opt for sliding side windows instead of casement styles – it is really up to you.
Frame that view
If your house looks out onto a nice view, then installing bow windows will help you make the most of it. The large areas of glass will enhance your view and frame it beautifully within your home – so that you can walk into the room and enjoy the lovely view on a daily basis!