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With bright, white open kitchens being the craze these days, we thought we would share some insider tips from Milgard Windows on how to make your kitchen feel brighter and more open.

Many homeowners find that their kitchen is the heart of their home. It’s where people gather for parties as well as mealtimes. The addition of windows can elevate the look of your kitchen as well as bring in more natural light for a warm, inviting space.

#1. Narrow Windows Tucked Between Cabinets

What if you might have some room for windows, but not much?

Try adding narrow windows tucked between upper cabinets and shelves to bring much needed natural light into your kitchen area. This can provide natural lighting to any kitchen space.

#2. Kitchen Window as Backsplash

Instead of replacing your upper kitchen cabinets with windows. Consider adding a window backsplash below the cabinets to let in more natural light. While under counter lighting helps eliminate dark spaces beneath cabinets, natural light during daylight hours is even more beneficial and beautiful.

#3. Clerestory or Stacking Windows

No room under the cabinets? No problem.

Introducing clerestory windows.

These windows are found in the upper part of a high-ceiling room. Where upper cabinets and shelves can seem a higher priority than natural lighting you can place a clerestory windows above the cabinet or shelves, with a minimal loss of storage space.

Stacking windows also add light into the room and can be a great focal point, if done correctly.

#4. Gable End Window

A gable end is the triangle formed by a sloping roof. This area of a home can often be underused and sometimes left barren.By adding a window to the gable end it is an excellent space to use to provide extra daylight.

#5. Garden Windows

Garden windows are designed to let in light, create a healthy environment for plants, and make even grey, cloudy days seem filled with spring. Garden windows extend out from the house and generally have an interior shelf for plants and herbs. Side vents provide ventilation for fresh air.

This is also a great option if you don’t like having plants on a window sill in fear of having to move them to open the window or worse, having them fall into the sink when trying to maneuver around them.

If you are interested in garden windows make sure to place them away from sidewalks, patios or other exterior features because the window extends beyond the house.

To see images of these window options, head over to Milgard Window’s site to check them out www.milgard.com.

Feel free to head over to our window page on our website, or call us for a quote (801) 972-3131.