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Posted on Mar 19, 2018 by Sam Heer

Best Window Styles for the Living Room

The living room can be a tricky place to decorate because of its orientation, location and function. Considering how most living rooms work, Renewal by Andersen® of Central Illinois recommends these window styles:


As the living room is usually the front room in the house, double-hung windows are your safest bet to be seen on the façade. Most old architectural styles in America use them because their design can support larger pieces of glass.

However, be particular with the double-hung window style you’ll use. Some traditional homes are big on windows with uneven sash lengths. For instance, Cape Cods famously use cottage-style double-hung windows where the lower sash is longer than the upper.


The casement is another old-style window and a popular alternative to the double-hung to achieve accuracy in traditional homes. Actually, some architectures strictly favor it, like the Prairie. However, if your home demands the double-hung but needs the operational qualities of the casement, grilles allow you to reconcile form with function.


Since the living room is the largest area in most homes, it’s often the best candidate to use fixed, oversized replacement windows. It would only make sense to use them, however, if the view is a marvel to behold. When all you’ll see are neighboring houses or an empty street, you might want to use them in upper-floor rooms instead. Even if you live in the city, the views are always better the higher you go.


If your living room has access to your patio or deck, sliding windows can be the transitional elements. Wider than they’re taller, they can seamlessly connect your interior to your outdoor finished space. Plus, they glide horizontally and don’t interfere with high-traffic areas, creating no hazards.


To capture an expansive view and extend your floor area at the same time, the bay window is a great addition to your living room. Unlike the bow window, the bay can be configured in different projection angles to mesh with either a traditional or a contemporary home design.

Choose your windows on a room-by-room basis with Renewal by Andersen of Central Illinois. To get your project started, contact us today and schedule your FREE, in-home consultation in Bloomington, Champaign or Galesburg, IL. You may also call us at (866) 693-6707.


"I would recommend RBA of Central Illinois for QUALITY windows and doors. Compared to our old cheap, thin vinyl windows, Andersen blows them away. You can easily tell by how well the sliding doors fit and close, and how heavy duty they are. We also cannot hear the wind rushing through the house in inclement weather anymore! And the black window frames we went with are amazing to look at. Aaron, Al, Darrell, and Cory all were professional and went all out to finish the job, given the weather they had to deal with. I would definitely recommend. They were also on top of communicating with me given the weather delays, and what I could expect for them coming out. Five stars!"

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