How to Choose Your Kitchen Sink Window

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Ever wonder why windows are often located over kitchen sinks? We did, so we did some research. The kitchen sink window had its origins for completely practical reasons: light! Sinks came before electricity so there was the need to see what you were doing.

The size of the first kitchen sink windows were much smaller than what would be installed now. That’s because glass was much more fragile hundreds of years ago. So, the first kitchen sink windows were probably only 24” to 30” wide.

Electricity then became the norm in the 20th century, but a window was still likely to be placed above the sink. The kitchen was also becoming more of a hub of the home. Whereas centuries before, kitchens were not meant for guests or conversation. They were placed far away from dining or living areas. Looking out the kitchen window while preparing food or washing dishes might have provided a pleasant view of a backyard or allowed parents to keep an eye on playing children.

Kitchens have evolved tremendously in the last few decades. Kitchens aim to be warm and inviting. They’ve become a place to do more than just cook and eat. Most modern homes now have open layouts that merge kitchen, dining and family areas. But a window above the kitchen sink is still a design feature that many crave. If that’s you, here are a few tips on how to choose the right one for you.

Select the style first

Kitchen sink windows often are hard to reach to operate, depending on how far your sink juts out. With this challenge, it may be harder to open a single- or double-hung window. Instead, a sliding window that moves left to right may be a better choice.

If you’re more interested in ventilation than view, an awning window is an excellent choice. Awning windows open from the bottom and swing out.

Once you decide on the style, you’ll need to consider material.

Material considerations

The material of your kitchen sink window will probably be the same as all the other windows in your home. If you are replacing just this window, you’ll find options in both vinyl and wood. Vinyl and a treated-wood product like AuraLast® pine provide durability and require minimal maintenance.

Customize for your aesthetic

Vinyl and wood windows both provide many different ways to customize your window. You can use color to make a statement, or a stain to match other wood features. Add grilles for depth or to match your other windows.

Ensure it’s energy efficient, too

You’ll also want to make sure you’re choosing features to help with efficiency. Low-E glass, or low emissivity, is an invisible metallic coating on the glass designed to reflect infrared light, keeping heat inside in the winter and outside in the summer. Be sure this in an option on the glass for your window.

The kitchen has become the true heart of a home. Enjoy yours with an amazing kitchen sink window.

Add a Kitchen Pantry Barn Door for Style and Functionality

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Inspiring ideas for your kitchen pantry

A kitchen pantry barn door will not only add style to your kitchen, it’s also a great space saver. Not every kitchen has the perfect space or layout. So, you have to just make it work. A barn door allows for you to fully close off the area without the need for an in- or outswing, which may be space prohibitive.

Conceal and add interest

Pantries are great storage areas for food, bowls, plates and more. However, you probably don’t want it exposed to the world. That’s why barn doors are such a great fit. They offer you a way to conceal while adding visual interest.

Barn door styles are versatile

If you think barn doors only work in farmhouses, think again. A barn door can look great in any kitchen, even contemporary ones. It’s all about the door you choose. If you do love the Farmhouse look, use a salvaged door or one that has those characteristics. If you prefer a contemporary look, choose a door with simple lines. Simple lines can mean a three-panel or flat door.

Color, glass or accents

Once you have a style then consider colors and accents. Is your kitchen mostly muted tones? Adding a pop of color on a barn door pantry door can liven up any space. If you’d prefer the barn door blend seamlessly then paint it your wall color. Add more function to the doors by using chalk paint, turning it into a message board.

If color isn’t a solution there’s the opportunity to bring in glass. You can use a door with glass panels. Those could be clear or translucent, depending on how much you want visible.

To accent your door, you have the option to add some personality with hardware. From the rails to pulls to handles, there are many options to fit your style.

An easy transformation

One of the biggest challenges related to barn doors has been the requirement to use oversized doors with hardware. That’s not the case with DesignGlide™ barn door hardware. You can use any standard 80” door with DesignGlide. No reframing is required. You’ll also enjoy a soft close every time.

Looking for some inspiration? We recommend taking a look at this collection of ideas on Decoist.