Mix Fixed With Open
You’ll want control over natural ventilation — particularly in bedrooms and kitchens. Assess how the sightlines of fixed and opening panels match. (Image above: Origin)
When it comes to modern window frames, the thinner the better to maximise light and views. Aluminium is the go-to material for strength, stability and minimal sightlines.
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Contemporary homes provide scope for windows in unusual shapes and sizes, so get your designer to plan in a mix. Narrow openings work well, offering light and privacy on some elevations.
Wood Works, Too
Aluminium is the natural choice for many self-builders and renovators of contemporary homes, but don’t ignore wood. It has a much more organic feel and can tone down the occasionally clinical, harsher feel of modern exteriors.
Flush windows work best with the minimalist ethos of contemporary homes, but don’t ignore the drama of a box design — not least for an ace window seat.
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Traditional windows, particularly those with classical proportions – such as the Georgian sliding sash – can add grace to the modern elevation and mix well with more modern frames.
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Away from the regimented rules of period style, going modern allows you to go big. So go as big as you can for lots of light, drama and minimalist beauty. These huge 5.7m-high patio windows are a case in point — and are totally frameless.
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An aluminium exterior with a timber interior is in many ways the best of both worlds, allowing for thinner profiles with a tactile softness.
Modern windows are a masterclass in minimalism — so don’t spoil the look with traditional curtains. Integrated blinds (here in a triple-glazed window) can bring you privacy and warmth without the fuss.
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