When you’re at home where do you spend most of your time? If you said your kitchen then you’re apart of the growing trend of homeowners who are also “kitchen-centric.”
The Healthy U Foundation says Americans spend roughly 30 minutes per day cooking. That’s 192 hours per year spent solely cooking in your kitchen. And, whereas kitchens were once only used for cooking, they are now also used as living spaces. According to Freshome, over the course of the past 20 years, kitchens have transformed from being utilitarian to becoming gathering spaces with more and more time being spent in this space. With the considerable amount of time spent in your kitchen don’t you think it’s important that this room has the features you need?
Houzz recently conducted a survey where it asked its readers about their dream kitchen, must-have features. The list included everything from maximizing cabinet storage to elements that make kitchen activities easier. But the list failed to mention the most important feature in your kitchen… your kitchen window!
Why are kitchen windows the most important feature in your kitchen? Kitchen windows provide natural light, access to the outdoors, and most important, they frame your view. Let’s look at a few of our favorite kitchen window ideas to give you inspiration for your dream kitchen.
Eight Kitchen Window Ideas and Styles
1. This bay kitchen window lights up the room.
Kitchen bay windows are a great solution for any homeowner looking to add light and comfort to their kitchen. Bay windows tend me more expensive than other window styles, but its an investment that will definitely pay off in the long run.
2. Let your kitchen window be the focal point of the room.
Think of a kitchen window as artwork for your walls. Instead of investing in a pricey art piece, invest in the perfect kitchen window view. Add customized colonial grids to an already stunning picture window, and your kitchen window just became the centerpiece of the room.
3. Ditch your kitchen window treatments.
Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple and ditch your kitchen window treatments. These small, bare picture windows let in just the right amount of light in this rustic kitchen.
4. Keep your green thumb year-round with kitchen garden windows.
Garden windows are the ideal kitchen window for the year-round gardener. These windows allow you to grow herbs right in your kitchen for easy access while you’re cooking. Imagine being able to cut herbs from your plants right before you throw them into a dish.
4. Two kitchen windows are better than one.
Two kitchen casement windows are definitely better than one in this traditional kitchen. Casement windows are great for kitchens because they’re the easiest window style to open and let in the maximum amount of airflow, which is ideal if you’re an avid cook.
5. Slide into summer with a sliding window.
Need a kitchen window that looks chic and let’s in lots of air? A slider window may be for you. Slider windows have several benefits: they’re easy to maintain, easy to open, and they let in a lot of natural light. But the best thing about these windows is definitely their view, which is a perfect match for this cozy beach kitchen.
6. Get cozy with this kitchen window seat.
You already know Simonton has an affinity for window seats, but it doesn’t get much better than this cushy kitchen window seat. Window seats are a beautiful addition to any room in your home and enhance the look of the space. Plus, they have the added benefit of extra storage.
7. An arched window gives this kitchen a classic look.
This arched window, often referred as a round-top window, gives any room a timeless, classic look. Because these windows typically don’t have any moving parts they’re extremely energy efficient and can be easily customized to fit any kitchen decor.
8. Now that kitchen windows are covered, let’s talk kitchen doors.
Kitchen windows are great, but what about kitchen doors? Forbes contributing architect, David Chappel, is a huge proponent of giving your kitchen access to your outdoor living space. Plus, kitchen doors give you plenty of natural light and increase your entertaining space.
How do I get these kitchen windows in my kitchen?
Build your dream kitchen window or kitchen door with Simonton’s “My House” tool. “My House” allows you to organize the number of windows and window styles you want by room. And after you’re done choosing the windows you want you can easily send your window choices to your contractor, so they will know exactly what you’re looking for before they even see your house. Get started creating your ideal kitchen window here.