Windows play a big role in determining the overall look and feel of your home. Even where they are placed, and the materials and the style you choose can affect the comfort of you and your family. If you live in a high-rise apartment, your windows form part of the common property, and you won’t have a choice of window style or location. Your priority may be to think about window dressing, and how you can maximise light and ventilation. However, if you are looking to renovate your landed home, your priority would be to decide on the location of the windows and the number of panels to install. Here’s a quick guide on various window styles and materials to help ease your shopping.

What: Swings outwards on side hinges
Why: Provides the most ventilation as they can be fully opened. Swing-out panels can direct plenty of air into the building (especially when opened perpendicular to the house).

(Interior design by Lekker Design)


What: Pivot on top to open outwards from the bottom
Why: Helps add light and boost ventilation. Can also be left opened on rainy days without letting water in.

(Interior design by Museum)


What: Tall, floor-length windows
Why: Adds a sense of drama and colonial elegance (especially when combined with an arched or fan-like section). Also keeps the home feeling bright and airy.

(Interior design & renovation by Kyoob-ID & Yellow Boots)


What: Panels that slide horizontally
Why: Space-saving style that doesn’t take up exterior or interior space. Great for small rooms and narrow passageways.

(Interior design by wynk;collaborative)


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