Windows are one of your home’s most important features. They’re much more than just a vista to the outside world.

A well-engineered window can help reduce your home’s energy footprint, increase comfort levels inside your home, and lower your monthly energy costs. It can even extend the lifespan of your HVAC system in the process. The right window is an essential component of the lighting in your home. It also fills your home with fresh air on a temperate day.

When choosing from new window options for your home’s replacement windows, there is a wide range of options to choose from. In this post from Window World, we’re breaking down popular window designs to help you make the right decision for your Twin Cities home. Give us a call to schedule your window installation today!

New Window Options

Whether you’re replacing your windows to take advantage of energy savings, increase your home’s ROI, or simply give your home a facelift, the options can be overwhelming.

Although it’s easy to simply order an updated version of your current windows, why not consider all of the options and make an educated decision?

These are just a few details to consider when choosing new windows for your home.

Exterior frame color

When you think about customizing your home’s exterior, you’re probably thinking about siding or entry door color. But more homeowners are starting to look at their window frames as focal points when designing their exterior. With the right exterior frames, you can make your windows pop to enhance your home’s architectural features.

Likewise, if you prefer a more traditional look, you can choose a more subdued exterior frame color. Widow World offers several exterior frame colors, including bronze, cream, white, clay, almond, forest green, black, cocoa, and silver.

Interior color

Besides customizing your exterior frame color, you can also customize your interior frame color.

Choose from traditional white or an understated almond shade to blend with your interior.

Or select a natural wood finish with Window World’s Hillside Oak, Colonial Cherry, or Natural Oak.


Glazing refers to the thickness of your windows. Depending on your needs, you can choose from double pane or triple pane window glaze. Between the panes is a layer of inert gas that adds to your home’s efficiency.


If you’re looking for a way to add style and personality to your home, consider adding grids to your windows.

Grids are customizable in a wide range of looks and styles to elevate your windows from simple function to a unique architectural feature that enhances the overall look of your home.


Efficient windows can end up paying for themselves as the years go by in terms of energy savings.

At Window World, our window design options include Low-E windows to save homeowners money while reducing their household energy footprint.

Operating style

Operating style is one of the most basic design options you’ll have to choose from when deciding on new windows for your home. Depending on the placement of your windows or how you plan to use them, you may prefer a fixed window or a window that’s easier to open.

The good news is that you can try out all of our Window World design options on your home or a similar design using our online Design Center!

Common Styles for Replacement Windows

There are many things to consider when deciding which type of window and window design is right for your replacement windows. Some architectural designs simply look better with a specific type of window, and some rooms lend themselves to certain window designs. How you plan to use a room will also play a role.

These are a few of the most common window designs:

●        Double hung windows

●        Casement windows

●        Sliding windows

●        Bay windows

●        Bow windows

●        And more

Before deciding which replacement windows are right for your home, it’s important to understand some key differences.

Double Hung Windows

Double hung windows are one of the most common traditional window designs. These windows are named for their double sashes that slide open and closed vertically and are commonly found in bungalows and other traditional home designs.

Homeowners love double hung windows because they’re very easy to use and keep clean. However, they can create a safety risk for families with small children.

Casement Windows

While double hung windows open vertically, casement windows open horizontally like a door using a crank on one side. Next to double hung windows, casement windows are the second most popular window design.

These windows are attractive and have a modern appeal that looks great when paired with many other window designs. They’re also a much better option if you’re looking for a way to bring plenty of fresh air into your home.

Sliding Windows

Like their name indicates, sliding windows slide open from one side to the other. These windows were first popularized in midcentury homes due to their convenience and design simplicity. Like sliding patio doors, they can be a little more challenging to clean.

Bay and Bow Windows

Bay and bow windows are windows that extend beyond the walls of a home to create visual interest. Rather than a single window, bay and bow windows are actually a set of windows. Whereas bay windows are more geometric, bow windows create a curved effect.

These window configurations are typically seen in living rooms and dining nooks, but they can also make a stunning addition to a formal master bedroom. While bay and bow windows are a beautiful way to enjoy the view, they may not be ideal if privacy is a concern.

Designing Your Windows

Once you’ve decided on a window look you love, it’s time to finish the design process. Stop by our online Design Center to experiment with glass and frame options.

Choose from interior palette colors like White, Almond, Natural Oak, Hillside Oak, and Colonial Cherry.

Next, select an exterior design color. Choose from a variety of shades including Forest Green, Cocoa, Black, Silver, Bronze, Almond, Cream, and White.

Next, decide if you want to add a grid or cut glass. Choose from Colonial, Prairie, Diamond, and several other designs. Finally, add a lite or two to complete the look. The only thing left to do is schedule your installation and then sit back and enjoy your beautiful new window design!

Call to Discuss Twin Cities Replacement Window Options

Are you looking for an affordable way to elevate your curb appeal while enhancing the interior space of your home? Contact Window World to discuss replacement window options for your Twin Cities home.

Call to connect with a replacement window specialist at 651.770.5570 or contact us online to get your free quote today! We can’t wait to hear from you.

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