A modern home has several distinct window areas, and one that many homeowners prioritize to a high degree is the area above the kitchen sink. This window area provides a view to the exterior plus natural light from a spot where home occupants will spend a lot of time, and it’s naturally among the centerpieces in any kitchen.
At Peach Building Products, we’re proud to offer a variety of custom window options for all your window replacement or design needs, including within the kitchen area. In today’s blog, we’ll go over a few basic characteristics your above-sink kitchen windows should have, plus some of the popular styles that are typically chosen for this area.
Characteristics to Prioritize
Here are some qualities you should look for in above-sink kitchen windows:
- Easy use: In many homes, this is the single window that opens and closes the most often. It’s used to help with kitchen ventilation on a regular basis, plus other purposes. You need it to be an easy-opening style that won’t strain you, preferably one you can open with one hand and no significant pushing or pulling.
- Aesthetics: The kitchen window, as we noted, is a centerpiece of the room. You should choose a frame color, hardware style and grille pattern that matches the rest of the kitchen and sets a tone.
- Air circulation: As we just went over, this window is often a vital ventilation tool when you’re cooking. If you’ve accidentally burned a dish, you need to be able to quickly open the window and circulate smoke outside before the alarms go off.
- Light: Finally, the kitchen window is a great outlet for natural light. You should install an option that’s large and makes the entire area feel spacious and open.
Common Window Style Choices
With the above qualities in mind, here are some of the window styles most commonly used for kitchen areas:
- Garden windows: The most popular option here is the garden window, which allows in natural light from multiple angles. It has an oversized sill that’s perfect for placing plants or herbs.
- Sliding windows: These are easy to open at any time, plus come in custom sizes that can fit the precise width of your sink if desired.
- Casement windows: Casement windows open using a crank operator, one that’s very simple for homeowners. French casements, in particular, give you the ability to open the window quite wide without a center post that blocks your view.
- Double-hung windows: An extremely popular window type in many home areas, this style allows you to open either the upper or lower sash. It’s extremely versatile for ventilation options within the kitchen.
For more on the right window to choose for your above-sink area in the kitchen, or to learn about any of our new windows, doors or other products, speak to the staff at Peach Building Products today.