An Exploration of Old World Style


Old World style blends comfort and formality in windows and doors

Old World style is grounded in European influence. It’s a blend of styles from the Mediterranean, Tuscany, the French countryside and Italian villas. These influences give Old World style its often conflicting attributes. This intersection can include masculine and feminine or formal and comfortable. Rooms dare to look both grand and inviting.

This seems like it would be an abrupt juxtaposition; that’s why it’s the details that matter when interpreting the style. Consider this example: textured darker walls balanced with silk, floral window treatments.

So how can Old World style be captured with windows and doors? Windows and doors should never be an afterthought of your design. They have the potential to be artistic expressions that make every room cohesive. Here are some characteristics of Old World windows and doors.

Grand homes deserve grand windows

Old World is anything but simple. The interior and exterior both feature lots of details and adornment. Some Old World homes may even seem castle-like so you can’t pair this grand look with simple windows. Arched windows give the exterior character and can complement arched doorways or hallways, common in Old World homes. You can use a segment top window with an arched top. This window will still have an operating bottom sash. For smaller windows, choose a fixed half-round option.

You may find a mix of grille patterns on Old World windows, including a thin cross dividing the window into four equal panes. The diamond grille is also used, often in smaller geometric windows. Geometric fixed windows are great accents to highlight exterior architectural details. They are also a source for more natural light. Try an octagon or circle with or without grilles.

An inviting entrance

Old World homes deserve an impressive entrance. Decorative glass, metal accents and unique touches are imperative for an Old World door. Consider these ideas:

  • Add a decorative glass surround to a radius top, arched door for a wow factor
  • Wrought iron touches with grille patterns over sidelites or inset glass; perfect for homes that have other wrought iron elements on the exterior
  • Carved designs in the door’s center panel elevate the sophistication of a door
  • Try a distressed or antique finish to replicate a worn, aged appearance
  • For something simple but not drab, opt for grooved panel doors

There are many ways to design the perfect Old World windows and doors for your home. Get inspired with ideas using our products.