The greatest artists of the world had nothing more to work with
than light and a blank canvas. Yet they created art that lasted for
generations. What you do with your windows will likewise last for a
lifetime – whether it’s a massive array of open views, or cozy
glimpses of a cloistered world. Here are a few thoughts to guide
your creative process:
Closer To The Light
The more light you let into a room, the more open and expansive it
feels. By contrast, limiting the light creates a more defined,
enveloping space. Either way, know that we’d love to help you find
the happy medium between these extremes. Whether it’s a ceiling-high
array of operable sash and fixed glass that dominates your living
room, or a carefully-chosen moment of sparkle that accents your
kitchen, windows work with your total design scheme. You can open up
a room with as few or as many windows as you want. Obviously you
can’t go higher than the ceiling, but you can drop windows to floor
level to bring in more natural light.
Looking At The View
A window is more than glass in a frame. It’s an opening to whatever
happens to be outside of your house. Which could be anything from a
majestic mountain to a neighbor’s laundry line. Thinking
realistically about what your windows reveal is just the first step.
Then you should put on your thinking cap and find creative ways to
let in that light, without letting in that less-than-perfect view.
One easy solution is windows placed high in the walls; they allow
plenty of light while masking the view itself.
Head For The Great
Patio doors can be more than just a convenient way to bring in your
sizzling hot dogs from your patio barbecue. Flanked by dazzling
sidelights, or mounted within an array of space-opening transoms or
direct sets, the entrance to your patio can be a tempting invitation
to your visitors. Not only do patio doors let in an immense sea of
light, but they also provide a plethora of unique design
possibilities, fusing wood and glass in unforgettable ways.
Come Into The Light
All day long, light makes a show for you. Morning light is soft and
unrumpled. Noon can be glaring or dry – either way, you’ll feel it
as it blasts shadows and heat across your midday rooms. Early
afternoon light is bold and stark, making sharp contrasts wherever
it illuminates. While late afternoon light lingers lazily, as if
reluctant to slip into twilight. And moonlight is another world–
pale, serene, yet startlingly bright. Sit back and watch it all
through your windows. Because the right windows let you see it all.