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Posted on May 20, 2019 by Sam Heer

Kitchen Window Design Considerations

The value of windows inside the kitchen couldn’t be overstated. In terms of aesthetics, they can dramatically improve the appearance of the space. In terms of function, they can brighten up the whole room and prevent lingering kitchen smalls through adequate ventilation.

Kitchen Window Design Considerations

Key design considerations, therefore, must be taken into account when choosing kitchen window units. Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois, your local source of replacement windows, discusses them below.

Selecting Window Color

One thing you need to consider when choosing a kitchen window is the color scheme of the room. Take note of the hues of appliances, cabinetry and countertops. From there, find the right window color that will provide a solid complement to the overall aesthetic.

Treatments like shades or valances can be added to make them stand out. They can feature design patterns that can immediately draw the attention of the viewer. However, be sure to leave the window directly above the sink bare, as it ties into the next point.

Meeting Building Regulations

In choosing replacement windows for your kitchen, it is also important to check if you are meeting the local building codes. These will mainly involve maintaining adequate ventilation for better indoor quality, as well as their placement.

A kitchen window must be operable to establish natural ventilation within the space. It must have an operable area of at least 4% of the kitchen’s floor area. As for the placement, a window unit must be installed from a safe distance—at least 12 inches—to the nearest cooktop. Place it too close and this may pose a fire hazard.

Choosing the Window Style

Any operable window will suffice for the kitchen. Your choice, however, must fit the architectural style of your home. You can turn to our design consultants for guidance in finding the best window that suits the space better.

Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois is your go-to source of windows and doors in the local area. Call (866) 693-6707 or fill out our contact form to request a free in-home consultation. We serve residents of Springfield and Decatur, IL.


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