Historical home design trends are making a comeback in some unlikely ways. Architect, Deryl Patterson, said, “We have smarter ways of building and the layouts have evolved with lifestyle changes, but historical and authentic design is only growing in demand.”

The HGTV Smart Home 2017 featuring modern windows from Simonton Windows & Doors.

Some of the most popular historic trends making a comeback can be found in windows. You may have noticed that more homes are now featuring large, floor to ceiling windows, dark window frame colors and even traditional grids, all of which are historic trends.

These trends also have a starring role in the design of the HGTV Smart Home 2017, featuring Simonton Windows & Doors. When designing the home Tiffany Brooks, designer of the HGTV® Smart Home, said “I wanted to reference history, but not repeat it.”

Here are five ways Brooks used historic design cues when choosing windows for the HGTV Smart Home 2017.

Five ways modern windows incorporate historic design.

1. A dark window frame color accents the mid-century design.

Modern window accent this mid-century design.

Dark window frames seem to be popping up everywhere, delivering a sleek, yet classic look. In the HGTV Smart Home 2017, Brooks chose Simonton Windows & Doors’ bronze windows to keep the mid-century look. “In mid-century, home builders and designers always used darker colors around the window casings and moldings. White windows and paint can read spec home or cottage, and I wanted the design to be the exact opposite of that,” said Brooks.

2. Traditional meets modern with colonial window grids. 

Traditional grids brought a histiric element to this modern design.

Historic design trends don’t get much more traditional than window grids, which is why traditional window grid patterns were used in the HGTV Smart Home 2017. 

In colonial times, windows were actually divided into smaller window panes, known as divided lites. The smaller glass panes were held into place with wood mouldings known as muntins. All of these smaller window panes fit together giving a look that we now consider a traditional window grid.

3. Large, floor to ceiling windows let in natural light.

Floor to ceiling windows let in natural light.

Large, floor to ceiling windows are coming back. Homeowners are now demanding more natural light in their homes and the HGTV Smart Home 2017 is following suit. This home offers a flood of natural light in every room of the home by using large windows.

Why is natural light so important? Increasing natural light in your home can improve your health and productivity, as well as help you save money on energy bills.

4. Casement windows are a smart choice.

Casement windows are often overlooked for the more popular double hung window, but in recent years have gained popularity and even make an appearance in the HGTV Smart Home 2017.

Casement windows make opening your windows a breeze.

Why are casement windows a smart choice? Because it’s the easiest window style to open and allows the largest amount of fresh air possible into your home.

5. Simple window treatments let window frames standout.

Simple windows treatments let the window frame standout.

In historic homes simple window treatments, or no window treatments, were common. However, with the recent popularity of bold, dark window frames simple window treatments are making a comeback. Many homeowners with dark window frames would rather show off their windows than cover them up with heavy window treatments.

Learn more about the design of the HGTV Smart Home 2017.

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