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Posted on Nov 20, 2015 by Sam Heer

It’s a Small World: The Wonders of Smaller Windows – Part 3: All the Right Places – Installation Tips for Smaller Windows

Where full-sized windows won’t do, smaller windows come to the rescue! Make the most out of using them by taking note of the following tips:

  • Looking to brighten up a room in your home? You can add a smaller window to create a secondary source of light. Depending on how much light a smaller window lets in, sometimes it can even be your primary light source during the day, helping you cut back on your energy use.
  • In the bathroom, smaller windows are ideal since you want to bring in natural light without compromising privacy. A high square window, or even narrow clerestory windows above tile level, are perfect for letting in light while keeping your soak in the tub hidden away from anyone’s attention.
  • Cupboards, counters, and appliances take up a lot of the space in a kitchen and sometimes end up covering the space that a large window would go. A way to bring in adequate light is to work around these objects and install two or more smaller windows instead. It’s not uncommon to see a window above a sink, but the difference it makes is still undeniable.
  • There are also areas frequently designed without windows for various reasons, but will still benefit from a good source of light, like foyers. Add a smaller window to illuminate the entry area and you create a more inviting space that lets you make a better first impression on guests. If you have views you want to take advantage of, play them up with smaller window styles, trims, shapes, and colors.
  • Smaller windows in combinations with other heights and sizes can also add drama and interest to your exterior. If you prefer the front facade of your home to remain formal, the back or sides can be the perfect place for a more varied window composition made possible by smaller windows.

Smaller windows have a lot to offer but you’ll only truly enjoy their benefits if they are installed right. Trust only a reputable contractor for all your small-window needs.


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